My first memory of the game goes back to when I was 5 or 6 years old. I was playing t-ball with a local youth league. Our team name? The Dairy Queen Redbirds. Somewhere there is a photo of baby Rachael with that team, little me smiling in the middle, proudly holding two baseball bats that were probably as big as I was. I fell away from baseball of any kind, save for a trip to see a Frontier League game, until I ended up in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
St. Louis is a city that loves their baseball team, and that baseball team loves them right back. I experienced the kindness of the Cardinals organization often during my time in and out of Cardinal Glennon. I actually met Matt Holliday there one day, although I didn’t know who he was at the time.
While I was in and out of the hospital I was also a guest columnist for a local newspaper. I freelanced out to magazines. I ghost wrote for some blogs. I was co-editor-in-chief of our high school newspaper for a year. I was lucky enough to land my first above the fold front page sports article when I was only 15. I fell in love with sports journalism while doing all this, covering our local teams for the outlets where I live. I never thought about taking sports writing into a career. I enjoyed it, but had never found a sport I truly clicked with.
But in August of 2018 I finally made my way to a MLB game. The Pirates were in St. Louis. I was hooked immediately. I dove in head first, learning all I possibly could about the game and about the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a jumpstart to the creativity that I once thought I had lost. Over the offseason I came up with so many ideas and met so many amazingly supportive people online.
And thanks to those people I am where I am now, writing to you on Dugout Dish. Without the endless support from the baseball community, I wouldn’t be here and neither would Dugout Dish. I am excited to keep creating for this fantastic community, focusing on baseball as a whole. Many thanks to Chelsea for welcoming me with open arms. She has done great work here and I hope to measure up to the quality content she continues working hard on every day.
When I’m not watching baseball, you can usually find me outside doing wildlife photography, scuba diving, or hanging out with my family. I am based in far southern Illinois, aka God’s country. You can find me on Twitter or on Instagram. I’m looking forward to writing for you guys!