May 2010

The Empire Strikes Out

IMG_4986-1.jpgAllow me to briefly digress from the Cardinals and talk about my trip to Dodger Stadium on Friday for Star Wars night.  They commemorated the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back with a lot of treats for the fans in the MyTown section.

I have to say the MyTown section is an excellent deal. For $50, we got a ticket, all you can eat food and soda, and a t-shirt.  And not just any t-shirt – a Boba Fett t-shirt! 
There were a lot of fans in costumes milling around outside the MyTown section and posing for photos with the fans. I got my pic with Chewbacca.  Chewie also threw out the first pitch. 


The folks who design the big screen videos did a nice job theming things for the evening (check out Manny Ramirez as Chewbacca). There was a cool montage of the Dodgers hitting where the bats were replaced with light sabers.
I’d say the only weak spots were the weather – cold! And the theme food: Darth Taters (just a bag of potato chips), lightsabers (popsicles).  
It was fun to see an interleague game.  With a dominant performance from pitcher Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers beat the Tigers 4-1 and achieved a share of first place.  Also, the Don’t Stop Believin’ Guy was awesome!


Jose Lima, RIP


“It’s better to burn out than to fade away” – Neil Young

Life is fleeting. I was reminded of that yesterday with the news of Jose Lima’s passing away at age 37 from a heart attack. It was eerie to me because I just saw him at the Dodgers game on Friday night.  He was in the crowd, sitting above the Dodgers dugout, and they showed a little video tribute to him on the big screen and he got up to salute the crowd.  This pic is from that night. My boyfriend Dave was with me at the game because it was Star Wars night (post on that coming soon) and he asked me who that was, and I recalled this story for him. 

In the 2004 Division Series, I scrambled for a ticket off craigslist and made my way alone to Dodger Stadium to see the Cardinals take on the Dodgers.  The Cardinals were leading the series 2-0, and I was hoping to see the Dodgers get swept that day.  But Jose Lima took the mound and it was indeed “Lima Time.”  He pitched 5 shut-out innings, and the Dodgers lived to see another day (promptly losing the next game, and the Cardinals advanced). Even though I was unhappy with the outcome of the game, I couldn’t help but be dazzled by Lima’s pitching clinic. I was also impressed by the passion and energy he brought to the game. He got Dodger stadium on fire like I’d never seen it before. The rally towels were swirling, creating a tornado effect as you looked around the stands.  The LA crowd can be somewhat laidback, but they weren’t that day. And Lima was the biggest cheerleader on the mound, firing up the crowd and feeding off their energy.  
Thanks for the memories, Jose. My memory of that game is so vivid I can’t believe it was six years ago.  My condolences to your friends and family. 

Game Haiku – 05/07/10 – Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

Cirque du Soleil in 

Pittsburgh? Mather’s stunt slide turns 
into winning run.

Game Haiku – 05/06/10 – Phillies 7, Cardinals 2

Lohse takes loss. Third in 

a row for Cards who can’t cope 
with sharp Phils’ pitching.

Game Haiku – 05/05/10 – Phillies 4, Cardinals 0

These teams battle with 

playoff-like intensity, 
but Cards lack offense.

Game Haiku – 05/04/10 – Phillies 2, Cardinals 1

A Ruiz walk-off

homer settles the pitchers’ 
duel in Phils’ favor.

Game Haiku – 05/03/10 – Cardinals 6, Phillies 3

We just see Yadi 

laughing; meanwhile, some drunk fan
on field gets tasered.


Game Haiku – 05/02/10 – Cardinals 6, Reds 0

Dazzling Carpenter 

stumps Cincinnati batters, 
and leaves them red-faced.

Game Haiku – 05/01/10 – Cardinals 6, Reds 3

Lohse pitches well. Skip 

Schumaker is the hero, 
vaulting Cards past Reds

Game Haiku – 04/30/10 – Reds 3, Cardinals 2

Raindrops plink off tarp.

Cards endure long delay, watch
win hopes wash away  
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