Archive for October, 2011
It’s been a week since I’ve posted here at The Captains Quarters, and it will probably be another week until I post after today. There are simply too many amazing things going on around me for my weekday updates. But seeing as this is a time I will clearly want to remember, I’ve decided revive my cheers and jeers segment, Ach Ja and Nicht Nicht! If you’re not familiar with my favorite Bruno sketch, here’s a refresher.
Ach Ja and Nicht Nicht: Pennant Winning Edition
Roof golfing – Ach Ja
Before Game 5 of the Cards-Brewers series, my man D and I headed down to my old loft downtown and took a few practice swings on the roof.1
It was an exhilarating way to warm up for what turned out to be a great game at Sherriff Tim’s place. My sister was at Game 5, and stopped by Tim’s afterwards for a final meeting of the Right Field Heckling Club. What a great final Friday game of the season!
Clinch game with the crew – Ach Ja
Two nites later I caught the amazing clinching playoff game with the party rock crew out in St. Peters. Party monsters Dan Fjord and Matt G were in full effect, but the highlight was a special guest appearance by the jetsetter himself, @WilliamPepple.
Lots of Budweiser products and one Bud tower later and the Cardinals were going to the World Series! It was a long game with some sloppy plays that looked like a home run derby after a few innings, but as long as the Cardinals won who gives a shit? And now on to the World Series!
Home field advantage – Ach Ja
Thanks to Prince Fielder’s 3 run homer in the All Star Game, St. Louis has home field advantage when they face C.J. Wilson2 and the Texas Rangers in Game 1. And as far as World Series in St. Louis are concerned, Game 1 is a rarity. Despite playing in five other World Series in the past three decades, the last time the Cardinals had home field advantage was 1982. There hasn’t been a Game 1 in St. Louis in almost 30 years! After Sunday nite’s win, I knew on Monday morning that I couldn’t miss an event as awesome as Game 1. I wound up paying way too much money for a standing room only ticket. Hopefully it was a good decision…
Rally squirrel mania – Nicht Nicht
As much as I like the build up to World Series, the rally squirrel has gotten a bit out of control. That little critter is EVERYWHERE in St. Louis. And some of the folks here in St. Louis need to learn how to draw before they start printing up t-shirts.
I know it’s pretty much harmless, but I feel like it’s taking a bit away from the Cardinals incredible run down the stretch. I know a lucky squirrel sound more fun than timely hitting and a lights out bullpen, but I’m sticking with the latter.
National sports media – Nicht Nicht
As if the announcing on TBS wasn’t bad enough, the national press’ reaction to the Cardinals in the Series has been even worse. I get it, everyone thought the Phillies and the Brewers were better teams and the experts don’t like admitting they’re wrong. And now, predictably, the sports press is picking the Rangers to win. Well, go ahead and count out the Cardinals once again. It seems to be working pretty well for them.
My sister’s 32nd – Ach Ja
My sister Cathie turns 32 on Sunday, and I wanted to wish her an early happy birthday. And since today should be Wayback Wednesday, here’s one for you sis.
Cardinals rally songs – Nicht Nicht
And speaking of other segments I’ve skipped, how about some tunes for a belated 2 For Tuesday. Here’s a study in what make a good Postseason song. First up is a fun remix of the rally song from the 1985 World Series.
A classic. And here’s what we’re supposed to rally behind in 2011.
That’s a Nicht Nicht!
End of summer – Nicht Nicht
Last weekend in St. Louis was gorgeous, so now of course it’s breezy and in the forties for Game 1. Still, I’m glad I was able to enjoy the warm weather while it lingered. Meg and I went out Saturday for an afternoon full of nice views at Lone Elk Park.
Afterwards we grabbed some wine at 3500 Winehaus and dinner at Stellinas to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I am very lucky to have married such a wonderful woman who has been very understanding about my baseball obsession. Love you baby!
Edible Arrangements – Nicht Nicht
Speaking of my anniversary, thanks for the nice cards and gifts we received for the occasion. My dad was nice enough to send a gift, but it turned into a production. For those unfamiliar, Edible Arrangements is a company that slices up fresh fruit in the shape of flowers and then delivers the fruit in bouquet form. Which sounds lovely if you enjoy fresh fruit, as is the case with me. However, receiving an Edible Arrangement at work is like being delivered a ticking fruit bomb. Fresh cut fruit spoils quickly, and my office doesn’t have a full size fridge. So I had to drop everything and strap in that bad boy and speed back home for lunch.
Damn if I’m gonna let this fruit spoil! The end result is lots of delicious fruit, some of which I am eating as I type, so it’s an overall plus.
Breaking Bad & Walking Dead – Ach Ja
Even though I’ve been obsessed with baseball for a few weeks now, there’s been plenty of other great stuff that’s caught my attention. The best by far was Sunday nites on AMC. The end of Season 4 of Breaking Bad was amazing. While I knew the creators couldn’t top Season 3, they came damn close. And it was followed this past Sunday by the premiere of Walking Dead Season 2! That’s one hell of an incredible run, and almost enough to make me forget about baseball…
Cheering On Carpenter At Game 1 – ACH JA ACH JA ACH JA!
Yeah right! Bring on the World Series! The only thing more exciting to me than Chris Carpenter starting Game 1 of the World Series in St. Louis is seeing it live at Busch Stadium. My favorite athlete has only pitched in the big show once before, Game 3 of the 2006 World Series. I was watching that game down in Florida thinking about how badly I wanted to be there in person. Five years later and I finally have my opportunity! I’m so excited about tonite’s game that I can barely focus. What an amazing run by the Cardinals, and what an amazing opportunity they have to claim their 11th Championship in 2011.
Given how much I’ve watched the Cardinals play this year, I’m going to make a bold prediction on the series. I think the Cardinals will win it in 5 games. I think the Cardinals win both games in St. Louis, drop either Game 3 or 4 and then Carpenter returns to seal the deal on Game 5. It might be a longshot, but that’s what predictions are all about. I’ll be back next Wednesday with a full World Series wrapup, but until then – LET’S GO CARDINALS!
1. Don’t worry, no golf balls were used; downtown has enough broken windows…
2. How fitting that Wilson was the one who gave up that bomb to Fielder.
Tomorrow is my 4th wedding anniversary with my lovely wife, so I thought I would go look back chuckle at our younger selves for a good on Wayback Wednesday. Here’s Meg and I back in 1996, when we first came to know each other.
This is us posing for a cast picture in the One Act directed by Me. I chose Meg as my Assistant Director purely because I wanted to get to know her. So I guess that worked out pretty well for yours truly. But more about that tomorrow. Here I wanted to bring attention to our eerily similar hair styles. We both had black hair at the time that we were trying to grow to our shoulders. Despite our similar style I look like a long-haired slacker dude and she looks like a short-haired smart chick. Gotta love gender stereotypes! Thankfully we both have the norm nowadays. Meg might still be able to pull off a short cut, but I get the feeling that mine would come off looking like Michael Bolton circa 1996. What a difference 15 years can make!
On Friday I highlighted a shitty rap song about the 2011 Cardinals. But since then the Rally Squirrel has reach fever pitch here in St. Louis. So of course the local country community has stepped up an written a couple of Rally Squirrel songs. Let’s go Cardinals!
Who would’ve thought that I’d be sitting in my basement watching the Cardinals on a Monday nite playoff game. A month or even a week ago this scenario seemed unlikely. But here I am with a glass of apple cider cheering on the Redbirds as they’re up 5-0 against Milwaukee in Game 2 of the NLCS. As was obvious over the last few entries, I’ve been amped up for a week now since the Cards beat Cliff Lee last Sunday. I was thrilled to watch a Cardinal win at Busch Stadium on Wednesday nite, and I was really looking forward to watch the Carpenter-Halladay match up on Friday. But even after all my big-upping Carpenter on Friday, he went out and gave a performance that even I wasn’t anticipating.
Chris Carpenter’s 3-hit complete game shutout was his most dominant performance since Game 3 of the 2006 World Series. To completely shut-down the Phillies offense and outduel a friend in such a clutch game was a wonder to watch. What a great game to reunited the whole left –field heckling crew at Deputy Tim’s new place in South City.
My sister even made it out, there were lots of reasons to celebrate! I was sad to see the Phillies go down with a whimper, so I didn’t call my two uncles who were at the game to gloat about with win. And now I can cheer for the Cardinals for another whole week! And the weather is perfect in St. Louis for watching baseball. The only thing not to like is this a gang of cheating assholes who they’re playing, the Milwaukee Brewers. These cheating wannabes are small time, nobodies. The Milwaukee Brewers?
They took advantage of Garcia’s nerves in Game 1 on Sunday, but the Cardinals still managed to score 6 runs off of their best pitcher. It was at least in part from some rally towel waving from Captain Powers and my man D.
This playoff round looks to be a slug fest, which works out because the Cardinals have the leagues’ best offense. Tonite the star is Albert Pujols and he’s showing everyone why he deserves a monster contract. I’ve been watching The Great Pujols for a decade now and I still find him incredible. I’ll never get tired of watching this Hall of Famer.
As much as it would be fun to go to a home playoff game on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday I’m going to pass this round. I’m super busy at work and my wedding anniversary is Thursday. So I’m going to cheer at a television all week and save my money for possible World Series tickets. Because if the World Series comes to St. Louis, I WILL see it in person this time.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, back to Game 2. It’s been extra entertaining watch Nyjer Morgan suck on offense and defense tonite. As an outspoken critic of my man Carpenter I take great joy in watching him fail. Nyjer Morgan?
The score is now 11-2 and the rest of the Cardinals hitters are adding to Pujols’ monstrous nite. Great to see the Redbirds swing their way to victory and back to St. Louis. Keep up the good work and, as always, have a
Tonite is the pivotal Game 5 in the Cardinals-Phillies NLDS Playoffs. It would be hard to top this as a perfect topic for Friday 5.
Top 5 Stories Heading Into Game 5
1. Carpenter v. Halladay
For me the top story is the pitching match-up featuring my favorite ball player, Carp. So many good stories I’ve read about Chris Carpenter vs. Roy Halladay. How they were good friends coming up together in Toronto. How they’ve never pitched against each other. How this will be only the third time that two Cy Young winning pitchers are facing off in the final game of a playoff series. Can Carpenter rebound after pitching on short rest in a regretful Game 2. There is just so much to like here. What a amazing test for my man Carpenter. Here’s hoping Carp steps up and seizes the game!
2. The Rally Squirrel
Holy cow has this story gotten a lot of attention! And what’s not to love? Look at that speed!
For those unfamiliar, a squirrel ran onto the field Busch Stadium at Game 3 and was quickly dubbed the Rally Squirrel by fans. He of course immediately had a Twitter account. He returned on my wonderful game on Wednesday and actually ran across home plate.
And now there are guys dressed like him today standing on highways exit ramps waving to motorists. All the attention has really increased the memorability of this amazing series. Well done little buddy.
3. The Pressure On Philly
From the beginning of the 2011 season, most baseball fans agreed that the Phillies were bound for the World Series and the Cardinals weren’t making the playoffs. The Cardinals have defied everyone’s expectations by making the playoffs on the last day of the season, and they’ve really done it again by forcing a Game 5. No one, and I mean no one, gave the Cardinals much of a chance to win this Series. The pressure is really on the Phillies to win this game, while the Cardinals get to play the underdog role that always seems to suit them well.
If the Phillies don’t win, they will have hell to pay. A team with this much talent and this much money invested is supposed to win. And being beat by the Cardinals after making it possible for them to reach the playoffs will sting Philly particularly hard. The Phillies have everything to lose and the Cardinals have nothing.
4. Birds On My Bat
In the past, the Cardinals have had some memorable songs to accompany their playoff runs. This time is no different; check out the 2011 Cardinals Playoff anthem Birds On My Bat.
This is so terrible it genius! Apparently this is the work of a twerpy white high school kid from Granite City, IL. Out of control funny. This needs to catch on everywhere, and like now.
5. Where Do The Captain’s Loyalties Truly Lie
It’s amazing that two teams playing in the National League for 100+ years have never faced off in the playoffs. For me it’s been extremely convenient that I’ve never had to definitely pick a side. At the beginning of the series I said I’m cheering for the winner. I figured that one team would dominate the series and I’d just stick with them. But now that it’s down to one game, I guess I really have to pick a side. While I’ll be happy with either outcome, attending Game 4 at Busch let me know that I’m a really a Cardinals fan at heart. Feeling all that energy on Wednesday sealed it in my mind. I’ll cheer if the Phillies win, but I’m rooting for the Cardinals. Thanks to both teams for making your first meeting in the post season one I’ll never forget.
With that being said, LETS. GO. CARDINALS!