Practice Throws

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The new St. Louis Symphony president, Marie-Hélène Bernard, throws out the first pitch before the Cardinals game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on August 31.

It is not lost on the Montreal native that the Nationals were formerly the Expos, or Les Expos, as they were known by the French-speaking populace. It is also not lost on the former viola da gamba player that practice may not make perfect, but it allows oneself the best opportunity for a strong performance.

This was her first practice session, playing catch near midday in the parking lot behind Powell Hall. As you can see, Bernard possesses a pretty good throwing arm, at least when she is not laughing at the catching signals of Adam Crane, Vice President for External Affairs, who is her coach up until the big pitch.

Notice that Crane calls the last pitch a strike.

A New President

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How do you greet a new boss with Québécois roots?

Bienvenue, Marie-Hélène Bernard.

Marie-HeleneAnd you look busy.