Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 5/22/12
ST. LOUIS A family reunited sits behind home plate at Busch Stadium, eager for life to return to normal. Bob Wendell looks toward the field with his wife, Dena, and son, Jon, seated close by. It's about two hours before the first pitch of the St. Louis Cardinals' eventual 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday, and the night presents another chance to bond. The past two weeks have been about valuing time together. Bob, a first sergeant in the St. Louis-based 1138th Transportation Company, returned home May 5 after a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan. Last September, he surprised Dena by wishing her a happy 50th birthday during a Cardinals game over a satellite link from Bagram Airfield in the FOX Sports Midwest broadcast. She held a sign that read, "WE LOVE & MISS YOU BOB." She cried and called it her best birthday. "She has learned over the last few years that she can handle a situation," Bob says, the Padres stretching near their dugout behind him. "What she ...
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