ESPN reports that wrestling superstar Kurt Angle got some BP instruction from Pujols today. Angle was invited to Spring Training by David Eckstein, a big wrestling fan who recently managed along with A. J. Pierzynski at a pay-per-view event.
I hadn’t thought much about wrestling since I was in junior high until two weeks ago when I attended Lucha Va Voom in LA. It’s a biannual spectacle involving Mexican wrestling, comedy, and burlesque that plays to sold out crowds. The burlesque routines involved cirque du soleil antics, hula hoops, and pogo sticks. It’s truly an extravaganza beyond Vince McMahon’s wildest dreams.
Back in junior high, I was big wrestling fan. My favorite wrestler was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and I once called in and read a poem I’d written about him when he appeared on a KMOX chat show hosted by Bob Costas. He was promoting Wrestlemania 2, when he boxed Mr. T. Roddy responded to my breathlessly-read love poem with some lewd remark, and Bob stated very sarcastically that he found the poem deeply moving. I still hold a grudge against Costas.
Spring Training haikus coming soon!
- War is Over - I was excited to read in today’s Post Dispatch that TLR and Scott Rolen have patched up their feud. Did the talks end with Rolen banging a cleat on the table? Nah, It sounds like it was a pretty easygoing resolution. I guess they realized their contracts were both long enough that it would be tough to just pretend the other didn’t exist a la junior high. We definitely need these guys to see eye to eye in order for a healthy clubhouse vibe, so this is great news.
- Let’s chirp – I’ve added new chat functionality to the sidebar. If it works, it should tell you when I’m online and you can send me a msg and I’ll respond.
- Jupiter, Here I Come – My dad and I are flying to Jupiter on Thursday and I’ll be seeing my first game on Friday. Check back for coverage and photos. I can’t wait!
The 2006 World Series Highlights DVD is a must for every Cardinal fan’s DVD collection. Watching it now, 4 months later, it’s still just as exhilarating as it was live. You don’t really need to splurge for the complete box set of all the world series games, when this DVD includes all the highlights of the Cardinals’ amazing 2006 playoff run, with insightful commentary from just about everyone involved. There are a lot of great soundbites from La Russa, Jocketty, Eckstein, Preston Wilson, Edmonds, etc. Footage of the victory celebration caps off the video.
The narration by Billy Bob Thornton isn’t anything special, but I guess we have a limited choice of celebrity Cardinal fans. While I’ve never quite been able to warm up to Billy Bob since the days when he was wearing a vial of Angelina’s blood around his neck, I can admit he does sound like a true Cardinal fan who understands and appreciates the game.
The DVD just runs about an hour long, but it also includes some fun extras, like the final out from the 1982 world series, clips of key plays from the 2006 playoffs, and an amusing This Week in Baseball piece about Leyland’s and La Russa’s friendship from back in 1991.
It’s the perfect DVD to watch to get fired up for the 2007 campaign!