This summer, we asked kids from all around St. Louis to tell us why they are the best pitcher for the St. Louis public Library. The winners would have a chance to throw out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
Well, tonight’s the big night! As the beloved hometown Cardinals take on the Houston Astros and the season (again) comes down to the wire, two local teens will take to the field:
Ezekial M. J., age 12, a student from Lift for Life Academy who uses Barr Branch will throw out the first pitch. He wrote:
I am the Library’s best pitcher because I just might be the Library’s top reader. I love going to the Library. I am also a big fan of baseball. I’m a big fan of Cardinals especially. I love playing baseball also. I love pitching but I also love batting. Baseball is one of the two sport I’m good at. Baseball and soccer, unless singing counts as a sport. I don’t know the national anthem but I know other songs. Even if I don’t get to throw the first pitch, thanks for the opportunity to try.
The back up pitcher is Lamisha S. an 11-year-old student at Duchesne Elementary who uses Cabanne Branch when she visits her dad in the city. She wrote:
I am the Library’s best pitcher because I read until I fall asleep. Without books, I don’t know what I’ll do. Also, because I’m so supportive. Once, these bad kids become better in school with an advice book. It was so cool! I’m also funny. I’m not like joke funny. I mean like crazy funny. I’m also a great actress. I always act in front of my mirror. Since I’m going to the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas for track & field, I’m going to read 10 books. That’s amazing! I’m very athletic. I’ve never been to a baseball game before, and if I win, I’ll be very happy. I’ll also tell my friends “In your face.” They’ll be jealous. I’m crossing my fingers and my toes that I win! Thank you!
Congratulations to both winners and thank you to everyone who participated. Please be sure to cheer on Ezekial and Lamisha tonight, and be sure to cheer on any young readers you may know each any every chance you get.