“Zito handing over the ball”
This is filed under the “Just when you think you’ve seen it all” Category. Barry Zito’s pitching was superb tonight in Game 5 of the NLCS between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched a shut-out into the 8th Inning with 115 total pitches and the Giants won the game 5-0. I was considering not even watching the game because I figured if the Cardinals won I’d watch the next game which would be Game 1 of the World Series and if the Giants won, I’d be able to watch them play again Sunday, in San Francisco, in front of their home crowd. That way I could avoid watching the stressful nail-biter game I was sure it would be. But that’s not what happened. I mean it wasn’t a nail-biter.
Something else happened at Busch Stadium tonight that probably happens a lot in St. Louis but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. It was one of those emotional moments I live for in sports, an honor to witness, via the telly of course, and I couldn’t wait to write about it.
“St. Louis Cardinal Fans”
During the 8th Inning, Bochy decided to replace Zito for whatever reason Boche decides to do these things, and Barry Zito walked off the mound after a really spectacular pitching performance, a shut-out. He also contributed an RBI single to his efforts. And as he walked off the mound across the field toward the dugout, those crazy Cardinal fans did something really spectacular. During this championship series game they stood up and gave Zito, the opposing pitcher who just zapped the spirit out of their home team, a standing ovation. They knew tonight Zito was the guy who put a door stop in their chance at least momentarily of winning the 2012 National League Pennant. A win tonight for the St Louis Cardinals would have propelled them right into the World Series. But that didn’t stop them from showing appreciation for a job well done. These fans are from Missouri, the “Show Me State” and he showed them a job well done, and they said thank you.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all. I’ve always had a genuine fondness for the Cardinal fans. I wrote about it last year on opening day “Those Classy Cardinals” and this is just another little reminder that the spirit of St Louis is alive and well and so is the spirit of baseball.
Posted in A1 Baseball, General, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
Tagged Barry Zito, Busch Stadium, Game 5 NLCS, Giants 5 Card 0, Missouri, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, spirit of St Louis, St Louis Cardinals, World Series, Zito
I’ve never been to Busch Stadium in St. Louis but since this blog’s supposed to be about ballparks AND ballpark food it just seemed natural we’d want to highlight the fan favorite food of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony LaRussa Vegetarian & Animal Lover
When I found out that Manager Tony LaRussa is a vegetarian it brought back a memory from one of the baseball tours I took to Yankee Stadium. After touring 42nd street, I ended up with some marvelous leftover pastrami (that I hadn’t even began to touch) from an early dinner at Roxy’s Deli. There was probably a pound of pastrami left, wrapped neatly in aluminum foil, in a tidy little white bag that Jess our waiter so meticulously wrapped up for me. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I just couldn’t leave it on the plate. I mean it was a complete meal, untouched. Continue reading
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Tagged Busch Stadium, Cardinal, Jess at Roxy's Deli, Nachos, pastrami at Roxy's, Reuben Sandwich, Roxy's Deli, St. Louis, St. Louis Missouri, Sweet Pea Kitchen, Tony LaRussa, vegetarian, World Series, yankee stadium
Best Fans and Best Team in Baseball
It’s true! What better gift to the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals than the title “World Champions”! This picture is my favorite of all the thousands because if shows the team and the fans in unison like they’re in it together and they did it together, which of course they did. Last year the St. Louis Cardinal fans were selected number one best fans in baseball based on knowledge of the game, loyalty and sportsmanship. San Francisco Giants fans were voted second. Continue reading
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Tagged adrian beltre, Albert Pujols, Bill DeWitt, Busch Stadium, Jayson Stark, ken rosenthal, matthew leach, mike adams, Ron Washington, shane victorino, St Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Missouri, Tony LaRussa, World Series
Albert Pujols "The Dude"!
Please bear with me as I’m in a major battle with the awful yucky flu and even though I’m able to watch the games, surrounded by mounds of tissues and left-over tea bags, I don’t have my wits about me enough to write. Also, I was so focused on Prince Albert I’m sure my blog would have been more about gushing and oohhing over him and not really being very objective. Hardball Talk to the rescue! Here’s a great little clip from “Drew Silva” that gives us another slant on the complicated Mr. Pujols and pretty much says it all:
“Drew Silva Oct 23, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT Reuters
Albert Pujols rounding bases during one of three home runs!
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols drew heavy amounts of criticism for leaving the Busch Stadium clubhouse before talking to the media following Thursday’s Game 2 loss. A few national baseball writers even questioned his leadership, given that younger players like Jason Motte, Jon Jay and Allen Craig were left to handle all of the heat.
Let’s go ahead and toss that narrative aside. It never really made much sense in the first place.
Pujols put together one of the greatest single-game performances in World Series history during Saturday night’s 16-7 Game 3 trouncing of the Rangers, finishing 5-for-6 with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored. He tallied 14 total bases, breaking a longstanding Fall Classic record and vaulting himself into the elite rung of postseason performers.
Babe Ruth. Reggie Jackson. Albert Pujols.
Those are the only three men in the history of baseball to launch three home runs in a World Series game.
Leadership — true leadership — is something that has to be built and then cultivated through consistent, physical examples. It’s never been established through words alone, nor has it ever been betrayed by a single, rare mistake. What Pujols did Thursday night in St. Louis was wrong. Answering questions is part of being a professional. But to suggest that the other players in the Cardinals’ dugout somehow lost faith or respect in baseball’s greatest right-handed slugger was a stretch from the start. A failed assumption.
Pujols left no doubt on Saturday night in Arlington,Texas, with those scribes who questioned him looking on in awe. He answered the call and then some. And now his Cardinals hold an improbable 2-1 lead in the seven-game Fall Classic. Have we mentioned, already, that this series has the feel of an instant classic?”