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you know your team is in trouble when you get overly excited about an HBP. oswalt looks unhittable.
first and second, no out. i'm going to follow rick's advice and think happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts...
(marginal note: i can't believe fox just drew attention to their dumb-ass "right now!" box by playing that stupid, we substituted substance abuse for social justice song by van halen).
and it's...another blown call. everett clearly missed molina. in these instances, where the umpire has absolutely no angle on the play, he should be allowed to ask the first base umpire, who had a perfect angle on the play, for assistance. dumb-ass union monkey.
okay. 3-1 is a hell of a lot better than 3-0.
that's the stupidest comment i have ever made.
you'd think that on a day like today, when i got a promotion at lifeway, probably sold the corolla, completed a ball-busting take home exam for a seminary class and am sitting on my couch with a beer in my hand and dog at my feet, i'd be a little more optimistic. so i'm doin' it. if karma works for earl, optimism will work for me!
good at bat for eckstein. he struck out, but he made him work. little by little. little by little.
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is there anything less compelling than an in-dugout interview with tony larussa? i think he would rather eat meat than talk to thom brennaman in the midst of a tight playoff game.
why do they have to put the in-dugout microphones on idiots? earlier, brandon backe noted that "the walk from the mound is the loneliest walk in the world. i don't care if i done good or not. i hate bein' pulled." jeff bagwell is sitting in that dugout, doing nothing, and you choose to mike the likes of brandon backe? come on! (of course, this entire argument would be unnecessary if fox pinched their penchant for stupid gimmicks (i.e., scooter, right now!, diamond cam, fan cam, manager interviews, etc.), of which dugout mikes are only a part.
you can't scheme a schemer! except when you can. that squeeze was huge.
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okay, the gig is up. edmonds, walker and sanders cannot catch up to a 97 mile an hour fastball anymore. or a 95 mile an hour fastball for that matter. this team has some major re-tooling to do over the winter. i told rick that if we don't win this year, we won't win for 7 or 8 years. i'm not the prophet or the son of a prophet, but...
i think pitching to pujols with one out and no one on bat is foolish.
i told you i wasn't a prophet. oswalt just stole albert's milk money.
that oswalt is one cool customer. he's a consistent, understated and sane version of prior. ugh.
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i found this incredible picture of gate 5 at bush on the nyt website this morning. i found it strangely touching. it also provoked the following top 5 lists.
top five moments at busch stadium:
watching the cardinals whip the cubs to secure the 1985 national league east title
sitting five rows from the field on a beautiful sunday that also happened to be the last regular season game at busch
willie mcgee's ninth inning walk-off homer on opening day in 1997
the "brawl" that was precipitated by will
watching the cardinals whip the padres to win the first game in the 1997 nlcs
holy shit. when it rains it pours. they're chilling champagne in the visitor's locker-room right now.
bottom five moments at busch stadium:
making vicious fun of tony gwynn throughout the aforementioned game and laughing when somebody threw a twinkie at him
getting douched with beer in the right field, upper mezzanine section when i was nine years old. did i mention that i was wearing my brand-new satin bullpen jacket (oh yeah, i still have it)
having frank thomas' foul ball (it was an interleague game) bounce of my hand and into the hand of the guy sitting next to me. that was the closest i ever came
the day that our greedy, bob dole votin' owners push the self-destruct button on my youth. "it'll increase attendance." we drew over three million almost every year! "it will revitalize downtown!" yeah, for people who are seeking jobs with aramark or sports' service. "the ballpark village will be a year around draw!" yeah, just like the half-vacated union station. fuckers.
even tony realizes reggie can't catch up to that heat. hello so!
can i add another one to my top five? every moment i spent at the stadium with my grandfather. earlier this year he tried to convince me that i had attended a game at sportsman's park with him in the early sixties. i almost didn't have the heart to tell him that i wasn't alive then. it was one of those rare, advanced age moments that are truly memorable.top 8
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if we could have taken 2 out of 3 from houston during the last week of the season, things could have been different.
i can't find it in me to hate craig biggio. but hating the fact that someone wrote a haray caray, a fired cards broadcaster by the way, quote on the walls of busch stadium comes naturally.
if we have to end it now, i'm glad we're ending it at busch.
enjoy retirement larry walker. thanks for playing with a bulging disk and enduring the cortizone shots.
for the record: i'm rooting for the white sox and trusting that the final send off will be respectable.
there it is. congratulations astros. but i hope drayton mcclain chokes on his reprocessed meat.
there's no crying in baseball. no crying.
does somebody need to tell tom brennaman that shoeless joe has been dead for 50 years?