Ok, now for the update on Cardinals goings-on:
1. Rolen and LaRussa still hate each other…..check.
2. Cardinals haven’t signed a free agent starting pitcher yet……check.
3. Mo can’t find a suitor that wants Duncan or Ankiel in exchange for pitching help…..check.
Looks like the status quo is still in place. So, I thought I’d take time out to describe a recent birthday gift I received.
The following description should not be taken to mean that I did not like any other birthday gifts I may have recently received, or that I am not grateful to have received said items. I simply wanted to talk about this one during a slow week.
Just in case members of my family read this site (and I know who you are…)
I recently had a birthday. How old am I? ‘As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.’ Name the movie that comes from and I’ll think of something cool to acknowledge your acumen with. Anyway, a couple of days passed, and a package arrives from amazon.com. Seems my younger brother had sent me something (I can’t call him my little brother, as he is 3 inches taller and 30+ lbs heavier. Pretty close to how much bigger my dad was than I. Yes, I’M the runt).
The set includes 6 disks, of the following games at Busch:
– 1968 World Series, Game 1 (Gibson strikes out 17)
– 1982 World Series, Game 7 (WE WIN – on the scoreboard after the game ended)
– 1985 NLCS, Game 5 (Herzog out-manages Lasorda; the ‘Go Crazy, Folks!’ game)
– 1987 World Series, Game 3 (I’ll have to watch it to see why this one made the cut)
– 8 Sept 1998 game vs Cubs (McGwire’s 62nd HR)
– 2004 NLCS, Game 7 (Clemens, afraid of Rolen, pitches to AP with the tying run on third; AP doubles, Rolen HR on next pitch, World Series bound!)
Each DVD jacket includes interesting facts. For example, the 2004 jacket states: AP hit .500 against the Astros in that series. It also includes the attendance, how many hitters STL pitchers struck out, men LOB by each team, and the box score on the back. The inside of the case includes a summary of each inning’s events (ex: 2004 bottom of 6: Cedeno bats for Suppan; Cedeno singles to center; Renteria sacrifice bunts, grounds out to pitcher [Cedeno to second]; and so on), which makes it easy for you to find the event you’re looking for.
The DVD itself allows you to watch the whole game, or select what half inning you want to skip to or start viewing from.
Naturally I watched all of 2004 Game 7 again. One of my favorite Cardinals games ever. But not before I discovered that this particular disk has some extras included on it.
Like Edmonds’ HR the night before that forced Game 7.
I did not see that event live. I was at work all that day. I was on the Submarine Squadron staff in 2004, and although the OPCON (Operational Control room) had recently restored its cable connection to the TV in there – ostensibly to watch the news for major world events – I hadn’t been able to camp in that space to watch the game. I was, of course, monitoring the game via the internet. As I was getting ready to head home I stopped by to see the ninth. I saw Izzy blow the 4-2 lead. I listened in the car as the Cardinals swung feebly at Lidge, and Tavarez pulled his head out of his ass long enough to retire 6 straight Astros.
I was almost home when Pujols reached. I heard Rolen make his out while sitting in my driveway. I had the radio turned up so I could hear it, and started taking stuff out of the trunk of my car; when I heard the distinct sound of static from my radio. When I fixed it, all I heard was bedlam.
You see clips of the HR but it doesn’t do it justice. Seeing Edmonds foul off the first pitch, then send the second one soaring into the Cardinals bullpen gave me goosebumps. A smile appeared on my face without me thinking about smiling.
I haven’t watched the rest of the set yet (I didn’t see the 1982 Game 7 either, I listened to it on the radio while I did homework), but I will. It (other than Gibby’s game) will be a walk down a pleasant memory lane for me.
I highly recommend this set for the Cardinal fan near you.
Younger bro: Thanks.