Archive for May, 2012
So now that #SportsWeek is finally finished let me tell you what that was all about. I’ve been moonlighting in my spare time for a marketing research firm here in St. Louis for a couple of years now. The pay isn’t that great but the work is super easy. Usually it’s been taste testing beer or watching a TV pilot for a couple of bucks, but at the beginning of May they called me to take part in sports study. The premise was real simple. I write down when I do anything related to sports for one week, cumulating in watching the Cardinals-Phillies game on May 26th. Afterwards I come in for a focus group to talk about how I watch and consume sports. Then they give me money for my trouble.
So basically I have to blog about sports for a week and then get paid. But here’s the kicker: whomever they deem has the best written submissions receives a $100 bonus. So not just a blog, but a blog competition? Are you ready for a Blog Off!?!
So that is why I declared it #SportsWeek here at Captains Quarters. I sent them some writing about my favorite sports websites like Grantland.com and JoeSportsFan.com as well as my fantasy baseball team, Wild Turkeys.1 I posted sports related videos, like this one of me at Busch Stadium last week checking out the Tumbler and Batpod from The Dark Knight Rises.
And of course I tried my hand at a #LiveBlog of the Cardinals-Phillies game on Saturday. While it didn’t quite turn out how I had planned, I did learn a lot for my next #LiveBlog attempt. Most importantly, I wrote some good submissions throughout the week that were sent into the marketing research company.
The focus group met last nite, and afterwards I got paid my fee plus the bonus money. That’s right baby, I won the Blog Off! But that shouldn’t come as a surprise, as everyone knows that’s why I’m cool
So that’s how I (sort of) found a way to get paid to blog about my favorite two teams playing a baseball game. And while it’s not exactly enough money to quit my day job2 it’s still getting paid for do something I usually do for free. No longer can people ask me why I blog if I’m not getting paid. Now they’ll have to ask why I blog if I’m not getting paid MUCH.
1. After a rough start Wild Turkeys are currently in 4th place out of 12 teams. Score!
2. The total was under $500 total if you were curious.
My kid brother Paul is graduating high school on Saturday!?! Nostalgia powers activate!
I’m sure I’ll write a big post on this next week after the fact, but beforehand I wanted to go back to an earlier graduation for #WaybackWednesday. Here’s Paul back when he graduated from kindergarten.
At the time this was taken I remember thinking this picture was kinda silly. I thought that graduating from kindergarten wasn’t exactly a daunting task that needed special acknowledgement. Fastforward to now and I’m so glad that Lusher school had the foresight to capture such a wonderful image. It really hits home as to how much Paul has grown over the years. I can’t wait to see him cross the stage for real on Saturday. It’s time to celebrate!
Here are the highlights of what my three friends and I said while watching the Cardinals-Phillies game tonite. For ease of reading, I will refer to everyone as one of the following:
@CaptainRaoul – Captain Raoul
@AquaNetter – Timmy the Greek
@Andrew_Ohara – T-Shirt Andy
@SpeedyMick – Speedy Mick
Here’s the highlights:
Captain Raoul – Really hoping there’s a bench clearing brawl tonite like Rays-Red Sox game from yesterday.
T-Shirt Andy – I hate that bowtie that Ken Rothenthal wears, not on board with any white guy wearing a bowtie except PeeWee Herman.
Speedy Mick– These Fox commentators do not need to be wearing suits.
Captain Raoul – My boss is a White Sox fans, so I have to pretend to care about their highlights.
T-Shirt Andy – I think the Oriels are winning only because of theie new cartoon hats.
Captain Raoul – I love Joe Buck, hate Tim McCarver.
T-Shirt Andy – But at least it’s not the local guys on Fox Sports Midwest.
Captain Raoul – This pitching matchup is a really underwhelming. Tomorrow is Halladay-Wainwright. Tonite, Garcia-Kendrick? Lame.
T-Shirt Andy – Fox can’t be happy with Molina and Ruiz out tonite.
(general cheering when Holliday catches an almost home run)
Timmy the Greek– Joe’s comment on paternity leave for MBL players was a set-up for some crazy comments from Tim McCarver. Glad they went to commercial.
Captain Raoul – I hate it when they say that Tyler Greene is the best athlete on the team
Timmy the Greek– You should see him do pull-ups!
Captain Raoul – What is with the red and white necklaces the cardinals wear. Whoa, did you see the sweat on skips nose?
T-Shirt Andy – Gotta love HD
(Tim McCarver says that Freddy Galvis is fun to watch) Tim the Greek – If you like strikeouts!
T-Shirt Andy – Cubs in last place? Aren’t they most blindly optimistic fans in baseball.
(Tim McCarver – as everybody knows, there are plenty of bats not enough hits) (Collective groan from us.)
T-Shirt Andy – Matt Adams looks like an out of shape Adam Dunn
Captain Raoul – Nice to hear an interview with Adam Wainwright in game. But the questions were stupid.
(Tim McCarver – that RBI double sliced right though the humidity to score a run) T-shirt Andy – What does that even mean?
Captain Raoul post on Twitter – While it would be fun to be at Busch Stadium tonite, watching the game at home involves 100% less swamp-ass. #MLBnight
Captain Raoul – I like the hashtag under the Fox Sports logo. Easy to see yet subtle. Also, I could use some more ingame updates.
Speedy Mick – what does the “Just For Men Autostop Foolproof Stat” even mean?
Captain Raoul – Too many sponsorships of the mundane aspects of the game.
T-Shirt Andy – I heard last nite they had fredbird take his jersey off and streak on field.
Captain Raoul – Tim McCarver baseball cards are a bit cheesy, but always funny.
Speedy Mick – Hunter Pence really chokes up on the bat.
Captain Raoul – High hold and even higher socks.
Captain Raoul – Another bad break for the Cardinals. Hard hits bad hops.
Captain Raoul – Kendrick is looking good for a pitcher who owns an era over 5.
Captain Raoul – What’s this show Touch that Fox keeps advertising?
T-Shirt Andy – It stars Keifer Sutherland.
Captain Raoul – Not interested.
Captain Raoul – I like the first pitch proposal story, but if I would have tried to propose at a ball game my wife would’ve said no.
Speedy Mick – My wife would’ve said yes
Captain Raoul – Your wife would’ve said yes at an Arbys
Captain Raoul – Kendrick looking like an ace tonite. Who knew?
T-Shirt Andy – Someone just commented on my band’s YouTube video “Jesus drives a Honda.” It was based on the bible verse “Jesus and his disciples traveled in one accord.”
Captain Raoul – Surprising to hear that Pujols has homered in 3 straight games.
Captain Raoul – Baseball nite in America next week looks good except for one game. Who cares about Diamondbacks-Padres?
T-Shirt Andy – Kendrick has only thrown 80 pitches into the 9th inning? What?
Captain Raoul – Holliday should’ve run that ball out. It’s the bottom of the 9th dammit!
T-Shirt Andy – Struck out looking to end it? What a boring game.
Captain Raoul – These postgame highlights are way more interesting than the game I just watched, and those were my favorite two teams.
And that’s all I wrote.
Last nite I went to one of my favorite yearly events, a Cardinals-Phillies game at Busch Stadium. I always love watching my favorite team play my second favorite team, and especially live. And what a great game it was last nite. The highlight should make for one hell of a fine #Friday5 and a great way to close out #SportsWeek before tomorrow’s #LiveBlog
Top 5 Memorable Moments of Cardinals-Phillies 2012
1. Cardinals game with a graduate
Thursday was my kid brother Paul’s last day of high school. What a great opportunity to take him to the ballpark without mom for the first time!
2. I finally made the Jumbotron!
After years of trying I was finally featured on the big screen in the outfield. When Yadier Molina hit a two run homer to tie the game, a camera man came walking by to get crowd reaction shots. Deputy Tim and I were busy screaming “YADI-YADI-YADI” and didn’t really notice anything. After about 20 seconds Paul screamed “Look, were on the Jumbotron!” But by then it was too late. So I didn’t actually see myself on the big screen, but several text messages I received shortly thereafter confirmed it. If only someone had taken a picture!
Yadier Molina’s homer was just one of many hits and runs for the evening. Less than half an hour into the game started and the score was already 6-0 Phillies. It looked to be over early, but the Cardinals battled back and eventually tied it 7-7. Both bullpens gave up some more runs, but eventually the Phillies edged out the Cards 10-9. Not a boring game to say the least.
4. Losing streak continues
That game was the fourth time this year I’ve gone down to the stadium and the fourth time the Cardinals lost. My 0-4 record indicates that I should not keep going to games if I want the Cardinals to make the playoffs. Or maybe there is still time to turn this streak around!
And speaking of streaks, the first streaker in ages reared his heads on Thursday nite to the delight of everyone in the stadium. I wasn’t sure what was happening at first when I saw everyone in the stand jump out of their seat and start cheering when the seventh inning stretch began. And then I saw this.
The crowd went crazy while the naked man did his best to avoid the swarm of guards headed towards him. Here’s a video I found on YouTube that shows the action.
So thank you drunk, naked dude for making it one hell of a game to remember. Tonite you walk off a hero.
I gotta say, it was nice seeing Jeff Suppan pitch at Busch Stadium last nite. Soup is certainly showing his age, as he didn’t look too sharp in giving up eight hits and six walks against the Cardinals. But something about seeing his smiling face really brought back a lot of good memories. Fox Sports Midwest showed a bunch of old footage from Suppan’s days as a Cardinal, including a really funny piece I remember seeing back then of Jeff taking So Taguchi out for sushi. That kind of humor and camaraderie went missing from the Cardinals after they won the 2006 World Series and it didn’t return until 2011. And now it looks like the man responsible for putting the fun back in the dugout might be leaving.
Lance Berkman is the most entertaining superstar to play for the Cardinals in quite a while, and now he might be lost for good due to injury. I hope he is able to get back on the field, mostly because I want to continue seeing him off the field and in the dugout. Here he is on my favorite morning show in St. Louis killing it.
I’ve liked Berkman since his playing days in Houston, which says something because I hated the rest of the Killer B’s with a passion. Watching him joke around in the clubhouse and then kill it on the field was one of the highlights of the 2011 season. Of course nothing is going to top his clutch two-run hit in the 10th inning of Game 6. But that’s not the point. Having Berkman around to crack jokes and answer question honestly instead of trying to dodge the media’s attention is something that other superstars like Holliday and Pujols wouldn’t or couldn’t do. Handling the spotlight on and off the field is something that many player in St. Louis seem to struggle with, which would make it a real shame if the Cardianls lost Berkman. So good luck with the surgery tomorrow Berkman. God, please don’t cut Puma down!