11 in ’11: The Final Out

If you didn’t get to see it last night, this is the moment.

First rings for more than one veteran player. First rings for young guys still not much out of the minors. Second rings for the core of the team that gave us a championship in 2006. Smiles on the face of all of St. Louis.

I’ll have more to say on this later, but if you’ll excuse me I have to refresh three different browsers with the window for buying championship rally tickets.

The Colby Rasmus Trade, Two Months Later

National Post:

Rasmus, 25, was the centrepiece of a three-team, 11-player trade that liberated him from a troublesome period in St. Louis. At the time, he was batting .246 with a .332 on-base percentage, 11 homers and 40 RBIs.

His line with the Jays included a .191 average, .223 on-base mark, two homers and 13 RBIs in 30 games. In his previous 11 games, he is three-for-40 with 17 strikeouts.

Allow me:

A Night You Won’t Forget

Michele Catalano on American McCarver:

Last night was a reminder of why we love the game. There are times as fans when we get frustrated and annoyed with shoddy ownership, millionaire crybabies, Bud Selig and off-field antics, but the incredibly dramatic finish to the 2011 regular season was a thing to behold. For a while, it didn’t matter who you were rooting for or against. Anyone who is a baseball fan knew they were witnessing the greatest finish to a season ever and we reveled in it. That drama, that intensity, the pure joy in Tampa and the despair in Boston — that whole emotional roller coaster is what makes being a sports fan both an awesome and a nerve wracking experience.

Last night’s baseball was amazing. I watched the Phils play the Braves for most of the night (after my Cards went up by a ton) and enjoyed every minute of it. These were two very exciting wild card races and one unbelievable September.

I love this sport and I’m not looking forward to the long winter (except for getting hockey back—that’s cool).

They Taste Better—Like a Hint of America

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Times My Wife Cried During the 2011 MLB All-Star Game

It happened a few times so I figured I would keep track. 🙂

  • During the Brad Pitt-narrated video montage intro.
  • When they announced the families of the shooting who were there for the game and the presentation of the lineup card. (I think this was everybody crying.)
  • During the singing of the national anthem. (This was more out of sorrow for how it was sung.)
  • During the Chevy commercial about bringing babies home.
  • During the Pepsi Max “Field of Dreams” styled commercial.
  • When Joe Buck introduced Tim McCarver. (Just kidding. This was me crying.)
  • When Heath Bell handed the kid by the dugout a backpack with a signed baseball – “I can’t sign during the game but I can sign before.”
  • When the camera panned across the people in the stands with the Stand Up to Cancer signs. (She thought it was about Stan Musial – you know, “Stand for Stan.”)
  • When Rollie Fingers gave his mustache to the Pepsi Max delivery guy in that commercial.

She was scared enough that she would cry if the NL blew the game in the ninth inning that she gave up and went to sleep.

I love my wife and I love that my wife loves baseball.