May 2009

Bob Barker – Cardinal Fan


Bob Barker visited Google’s Santa Monica Office last week to talk about his memoir “Priceless Memories.”  I’m part of the team that brings in authors to visit our offices, so it was neat to be able to meet him. 

Bob was very entertaining and had us laughing for the entire hour of his talk with tales of Samoan women who loved to pick him up after they won new cars and his frustration over missing putts on the Hole in One game. The laughter continued over lunch afterward.

At lunch, I had a chance to ask him about being a Cardinal fan. Bob went to high school and college in Springfield, MO and became a fan. He even got married to his high school sweetheart in St. Louis.  Bob wrote in the book that it was dream to become a Cardinals pitcher. I guess Whitey Herzog heard that story, because he set it up for the Cardinals to pay Bob $1 per year on the condition that he NEVER pitches!  He said he got to meet Whitey, and that Whitey gave him a Cardinals jacket that he still wears. 

Had I know this connection, I certainly would have worn Cardinal gear when I went to a taping of The Price is Right a few years ago. Maybe I would have had a shot of getting into contestant’s row. 

We can bring our dogs to work, so I brought Edgar to meet Bob.  Bob pronounced him “a fine-looking dog” and wanted to know if he was neutered.  Edgar replied, “Unfortunately, yes.”

Game Haiku – 05/31/09 – Giants 5, Cardinals 3

Rich Aurilia
homers off Wainwright; that’s the
difference in close game

Game Haiku – 05/30/09 – Cardinals 6, Giants 2

Carp finally gives
up a run, but Pujols knocks
two homers in win.

Game Haiku – 05/29/09 – Giants 4, Cardinals 2

Matt Cain proves too tough,
and Pineiro fallible.
Disappointing loss.

Game Haiku – 05/27/09 – Cardinals 3, Brewers 2

Stavinoha’s name
takes up a lot of haiku
space but he earns it.

Game Haiku – 05/26/09 – Cardinals 8, Brewers 1

Supp’s off, and Cards break
out the lumber, awak’ning
from a long slumber.

Game Haiku – 05/25/09 – Brewers 1, Cardinals 0

Cardinal offense
is silent, as if birds are
sleeping on the bats.

Game Haiku – 05/24/09 – Royals 3, Cardinals 2

Pineiro turns in
solid start, but Cards’ bats aren’t
providing support.

Game Haiku – 05/23/09 – Cardinals 5, Royals 0

Lohse joins pitching hot
streak, blanking Royals. Seems we’ve
got the All Star staff. 

Game Haiku – 05/22/09 – Cardinals 5, Royals 0

Good pitching virus
spreading through the Cards’ bullpen.
Wellemeyer wows.

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