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Who needs ESPN when you have MOM

In today’s modern world of social media and other instant resources, sports scores/updates are available with a touch of a screen.

Whether it’s the ticker rolling across the TV, a text alert or an instant message, it’s easy to follow your favorite teams and others.

They’re all good, but I don’t need any of them.

I have the best source of them all. It’s not ESPN, CNN or NBC.

I call her MOM.

As the 2017 baseball season has unfolded, and 2016 before it, I have been blessed to get my sports updates from my wonderful mother.

We call her Redbird Ruth for her affection and devotion to our favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. She devotedly sends me updates throughout the season of how our Cardinals are doing. I may be busy at work, covering a ballgame or coaching another, but I know I can count on Mom to keep me up-to-date.

Mom, an 83-year-old firecracker born on the 4th of July, may be confined to a nursing home now, but she hasn’t slowed down following the Cardinals. She keeps in tune following the rolling play-by-play on her iPad. And then she lets me know.

Believe me, the past two years, the news has not always been good. She’s suffered right along with me, seeing those Cubbies win the World Series last year while our Redbirds failed to make the playoffs.

This year has certainly been a roller-coaster ride for Cardinal fans, especially for Redbird Ruth. She’s not happy with how the Cardinals bullpen has blown one game after another and is not afraid of calling the Redbird relievers out. I certainly have felt her pain.

The Cardinals seem to be making a Redbird revival of late, much to the delight of Redbird Ruth. I think she stays up as late as she can while the Cardinals are on the West Coast this week so she can let me know when I get up in the morning.

Baseball has been such a treasure to my family, my dad often playing catch with me while growing up or tossing batting practice into my young adult years. Mom has been there right by my side, all the way, keeping her little scorecards in the stands, or cheering me on.

She’s always been my No. 1 fan and like baseball, she is a treasure. I had several friends of mine I was truly happy for to see their Cubbies finally win a World Series in their lifetime.

My wish is for the Cardinals to win one more, or two, for Redbird Ruth. And she’ll be the first one to text me to let me know.

The old college try: I would like to add a couple more local college athletes to my list from last week.

Annie Needs, a 2017 St. Bede graduate, is a freshman runner for Calvin College’s cross country team in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brooke Keegan (Ladd/Hall) has returned for her sophomore season for the Augustana College volleyball team.

If you have more, please let me know.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.

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