A St. Louis World Series victory will be extremely special to me. I want to see Texas cry as the true baseball city, the true baseball team, the true baseball culture crushes their hopes and dreams just like the San Francisco Giants did last year.

 

“I’m letting you go.”


Those words still haunt me today.


I wasn’t even a week into 2011 when I returned to Fort Worth, Texas, from taking two weeks off at the small newspaper I worked at to spend Christmas and New Year's with my family in St. Louis, when my former boss laid me off.


I had so much planned for the new year. I was going to read more books so I could become a better writer. I was going to read poetry so I could improve my word usage in stories. On top of that, I had a lot of personal plans, too. Call it a New Year’s resolution, call it rejuvenation with the dawn of a new year, however, it all came crashing down when those four words hit my ears.


There was no choice but to move back in with my parents in St. Louis and start over. I grew out my hair and a beard just because I didn’t want to be recognized. It was hard enough to be laid off, but it was going to be even harder to return to my old neighborhood, do errands for my parents and explain why I wasn’t in Texas anymore.


A month or so later, spring training was starting and it was great to have baseball back in action with different types of coverage floating around the internet and cable channels. If there was any hope in my heart, it was for the Cardinals. A new year, a new team, new aspirations; it certainly distracted me from being unemployed.


Personal hope came my way when I got the job here in Hannibal. I was once again, back on my feet professionally. My experience, enthusiasm toward journalism, and ideas were finally being embraced instead of shunned. Then came this column, syndicated by GateHouse Media (the Courier-Post’s parent company) which makes the return to Missouri even more enjoyable. I’ve finally, finally made it somewhere where I can spend the rest of my life and do what I love every day.


It’s a great way to show Texas the talent they lost.


With the exception of a few friends I made down there, the Texas culture is nothing more than snobby, cocky and rude. I don’t know how it got that way, but for whatever reason, Texans are incredibly defensive and they think they’re better than everyone else. But they’re not.


That’s something I guess you can say kept me going. There was no way I was going to let Texas win and get the best of me.


This is why the 2011 World Series means everything to me.


A St. Louis victory will be extremely special. I want to see Texas cry as the true baseball city, the true baseball team, the true baseball culture crushes their hopes and dreams just like the San Francisco Giants did last year.


Don’t mess with Texas, they say?


Oh, we’ll mess with Texas, and we’ll win.


The Texas Rangers are playing for a mediocre state. St. Louis is playing for Cardinals Nation.


Dominic Genetti writes for the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post.