April 2008

Mamas, Do Let Your Babies Be Held by Giant Seals


I spent the
weekend in San Francisco
and went to see the Cards vs. Giants game on Sunday.  I was accompanied by
some friends who brought their 5-week-old son Gus to his first baseball
game. Of course, I had to buy Gus a “My First Cardinals T-Shirt” for this
occasion.  You have to indoctrinate them
while they’re young. 


At one point, the
Giants mascot, Lou Seal, came to

our section, and I asked him if he would pose
for a photo with Gus. He looked me up and down – Cardinals hat, Cardinals
shirt, red Converse shoes, and made a hex sign as if to say “Back off,
Satan.”  He then relented

and motioned
for the baby.  Fortunately, he had hands
not just flippers and was able to hold Gus securely for this cuter-than-cute
photo.  Gus began screaming upon looking
into the face of the enemy mascot, thus demonstrating he is already developing Cardinal
pride (or maybe Lou smelled fishy?). 


I really
like AT&T Park. It’s a great place to watch a
game, and you can’t beat the garlic fries. 
After jumping out to a 2-1 lead, Joel Piniero went off the rails in the
4th inning, giving up 5 runs before Tony yanked him in favor of Brad
Thompson.  It’s a bummer that Joel’s
return from the DL didn’t go smoother. 
Linceum was tough for the Giants, striking out 11 (note the Ks on the wall behind me). The Cards did fight back, with a homer from Ludwick to bring
the score to 7 – 4.  We threatened in the
8th inning.  Tony let Pujols
pinch hit with men on 1st and 2nd but a passed ball
caused the runners to advance, leaving first base open so Pujols was
intentionally walked.  We also threatened
in the 9th , but with two men on, Ludwick and Duncan looked at called 3rd strikes. They disputed the calls but I couldn’t pass judgment from where I was sitting.  Of course, I believe our boys. It was a giant conspiracy.

Anyway, it was an exciting game and a fun day
at the ballpark, so I’m not complainin’ – and neither was Gus, the newest member of Cardinal Nation!


Game Haiku – 4/9/08 – Cardinals 6, Astros 4

Pujols nearly swings
at Backe, then finds his true
swing with two homers.

Game Haiku – 4/8/08 – Cardinals 5, Astros 3

Reyes irons his
cap and irons out problems,
notches relief win

Game Haiku – 4/7/08 – Astros 5, Cardinals 3

Glaus, Ludwick tie game
in the ninth, but then Miguel
Tejada homered.

Game Haiku – 4/6/08 – Cardinals 3, Nationals 0

Lohse tosses seven
shutout innings as Cards sweep
Nats. Lookin’ good, boys!

Game Haiku – 4/5/08 – Cardinals 5, Nationals 4

Wainwright is sharp, and
Kennedy contributes on
offense and defense

Game Haiku – 4/4/08 – Cardinals 5, Nationals 4

Looper looks strong. Hmm,
maybe our pitchers don’t suck
so hard after all.

Game Haiku – 4/3/08 – Cardinals 3, Rockies 0

Brad Thompson throws a
masterful shutout, clinches
series win for Cards

Game Haiku – 4/2/08 – Cardinals 8, Rockies 3

The feel good comeback
Ankiel story gets a new
page: 3 hits, homer

Game Haiku – 04/01/08

Opening Day do-
over loss. Too bad couldn’t
use the rained out runs.

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