Stitch N’ Pitch

Here’s a novel idea: Why not combine two great American pastimes — baseball and needlework?

I recently learned that today is National Stitch N’ Pitch Day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where the Cardinals, 2011 World Series champions, are playing the Washington Nationals.

It seems the National Needlearts Association has teamed up with major and minor league teams to promote stitching arts — quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching and more — at the ballpark.

On a recent radio broadcast, Cardinals color announcer Mike Shannon invited baseball fans to bring their needlearts projects with them today and stitch in the stands.

These promotions have been happening at ballparks across the nation for the past six years, with participants usually sitting together in a large group, sharing their crafts and hobbies while watching the game. See http://www.stitchnpitch.com.

Shannon, an all-star third baseman for the Cardinals in the 1960s, seems knowledgeable about quilting, too.

He said people in Paducah, Ky., “just down the road” from St. Louis, would be happy about Stitch N’ Pitch Day, because Paducah is the epicenter of quilting with its annual show and National Quilting Museum.

Wow, I was impressed.

Since hearing this announcement, I found out that the Colorado Rockies sponsored a Stitch N’ Pitch Day on Aug. 17 at Coors Field in Denver. Wish I’d known!

Now I’m thinking: Isn’t it time the Grand Junction Rockies plan a Stitch N’ Pitch Day at Suplizio Field?

I’ll bet the stitchers among us could help fill those bleachers for ‘em.

— Sherida Warner



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