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The Captains Game 4 Adventure

It’s been a full 24 hours since the conclusion of Game 4 of the Cardinals-Phillies playoff series, and I’m still exhausted!  What a nite!!!

Wednesday’s baseball extravaganza started on the right foot by leaving work 1½ hours early to ride the train downtown.  I met my partner in crime, DJ, at his bar and we drank a couple of cheap beers while making a sign for the game.

 

Take that East Coast bias!  On the way down to Busch Stadium for the 5pm start we ran into OccupySTL, the local group taking the mantle of Occupy Wall Street, as they marched on the Bank Of America building.

 

While I don’t think that the movement has the right solutions, I’m glad that they at least have identified the correct problem – corporations buying influence in politics.  But enough about that, back to baseball!

The weather was a perfect 82 at game time and Busch Stadium was electric with energy.  We had standing room only tickets so we headed down to the lower level and elbowed our way into a section by 3rd base.  Great view of the action!

 

Before the game I had already decided to cheer the Cardinals instead of the Phillies, but I was wearing a Howard Phillies shirt under my Carpenter Cardinals jersey just in case.  At the top of the game things got ugly for the Cardinals in a hurry.  The Phillies jumped out to a 2-run lead before Cardinals starting pitcher Jackson recorded an out.  The stadium got suddenly quiet, and it seemed that my backup Phillies shirt might come in handy real soon.  After all, Phillies’ starter Oswalt had famously thrown the last pitch at old Busch Stadium and there was a good chance he would throw the last pitch of the Cardinals 2011 season.

But the Cardinals slowly and surely started a comeback.  When a walk to Berkman and a hit-by-pitch to Holliday led to a 2-run double by Freese, the stadium erupted and so did we.

 

 And when Freese  knocked in a 2-run homer his next at bat, the place was a sea of rotating white.  It was free rally towel nite at the Stadium, and 50,000+ of these were whipping in unison.

 

Following another gutsy performance by the Cardinals bullpen and a dominating save by Motte, the Cardinals won the game and sent the game back to Philadelphia for a do or die Game 5 on Friday.  After the game Busch Stadium was full of the kind of excitement that you can feel throughout your body.  The place was buzzing with cheers and towelwaving as fans exited the stadium.  I love spontaneous high fives, and I probably received 20+ as DJ and I headed to Paddy Os for the afterparty.  We met up with my buddy Dan Fjord, and the #1 female Cardinals fan in StL, April and her sister Jen.

 

Paddy Os was PACKED, of course, because the game was over by 8pm.  That’s super early for a bar nite, even by St. Louis standards.  Everyone at the bar was thrilled after the win, but not so much when they discovered I was wearing a Phillies shirt under my Cardinals jersey.

I’ve said from the beginning that I’m cheering for the winner, and that nite it was the home team.  We ended our nite at Truman’s Place and Dan Fjord was nice enough to cart my drunken ass back to the County.  Needless to say I had a slow start this morning, but it was totally worth it!  One of the most exciting baseball games I’ve ever attended by far.  It’s been an amazing series for me thus far.  So here’s hoping Friday’s finale continues to live up to the hype, because Wednesday was incredible!

 

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Can Read The Writing On The Wall

Last nite the Cardinals lost to the Phillies on one bad inning.  After pitching five great innings, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia struggled through a shaky sixth inning before giving up a 3-run homer in the seventh.  At the time it seemed obvious to me that Garcia should’ve been pulled, but Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa didn’t read the writing on the wall and it cost them a win.  That thought has been with me since last nite’s game, so I decided to make reading the writing on the wall the subject of this week’s Wayback Wednesday.

Here we have Carys showing off the wonderful makeover she did for a very young Dario.  It wasn’t difficult to read the writing on Dario’s wall, even at a young age.  He has since grown up to become a talented photographer in New York, check out his website here

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Goes For The Unexpected Third

Even though I’m mostly thinking about game three of the Cardinals-Phillies series tonite, there is always time for new music.  In honor of tonite’s game three I’m including songs that make for an unexpected third in a series.  First up is Last Name London by Theophilus London.

This song is the third single this year that I’ve highlighted by Mr. London.  Even though he makes the kind of worldly hip-hop that I adore, his first two singles were decidedly mellow affairs.  The breaking beats and charged up lyrics from his third single are an unexpected departure, but an enjoyable one none the less.  For me personally, I love the track because I can seamlessly substitute the repeating of his name in the refrain with my birth name.  And who doesn’t love singing their name?!

Next up is I’m A Goner by Converse All-Stars


This quirky little track is the third result of the Converse.com series Three Artists One Song series.  Both of the previous tracks in series made it onto past Modern Rock discs, so it’s a no brainer to at least include this track as a possibility.  This time around the three artists in question were Matt & Kim, Andrew WK and Soula Boy.

This quirky little track is not at all what I expected.  Both of the previous two tracks in the series were odes to the joys of summer, so this was a bit of a departure.  Still, the haughty keyboards and solid rhythm make this track a real toe tapper.  And it will be interesting to see after today’s game 3 whether the Phillies or the Cardinals are a goner.  Game on!

Ciao,

The Captain

The Captain Likes It Even Steven

What a weekend for baseball!  I of course spent Saturday and Sunday nites glued to the Cardinals-Phillies playoff game and I was rewarded with two magnificent competitions.  Both nite I initially thought the game would be boring after the 3-run first inning by the Cardinals on Saturday and the Phillies on Sunday nite.  And both times I was wrong as the opposing team roared back with surprising offensive breakouts.  And while the Phillies 11-6 win sounds more impressive on the surface, it was Sunday’s comeback by the Cardinals that really left me speechless.  Cliff Lee had a 4-0 lead in the second inning, and yet the Cardinals found a way to push and hustle five runs against him.  Even more impressive was the Cardinals bullpen throwing six shutout innings after my man Carpenter’s bad start.1   It was an amazing start to the series that is now headed to St. Louis tomorrow for game three.

Perhaps the most exciting thing for me was that my two favorite teams split the two games.  I was concerned that the Phillies might embarrass the Cardinals in the first two games in Philadelphia and make it a muted affair on Tuesday.  Splitting the games gave both teams the respect they deserve, but more importantly ensures that they will play a game four.  I FINALLY GET TO GO TO A CARDINALS-PHILLIES PLAYOFF GAME! 

I’m still not sure who I’ll be rooting for at the game, but right now I’m leaning towards the Cardinals.  My plan is to wear a Phillies shirt under my Cardinals jersey so I can cover my bases.  Either way, I get the feeling that I’m in for a hell of a nite of baseball.  Expect a long recap on Thursday!

Ciao,

The Captain

1.  I thought that pitching Carpenter on three days rest was a worthy gamble, and I was wrong.

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