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Have Mercy

Tonight’s game reminded me of some of my worst games in grade school, playing catcher for the now-defunct St. Christopher’s softball team.  Picture summer in St. Louis and me in my catcher’s gear, sweating profusely, losing the drive to emulate Darrell Porter, and fantasizing about a post-game Mello Yello. Now picture a pitcher on the mound who cannot get the ball over the plate, walking in runs, throwing wild so I’m forced to keep getting up and retrieve the wild pitches.  These were times when I prayed for the mercy rule to be invoked against my own team, and sometimes my prayer was answered.  That Mello Yello sure hit the spot. 

Unfortunately, there’s no mercy rule in the big leagues, so I had to turn the game off tonight after Flores gave up 2 runs and Thompson gave up a 3-run homer.  It was too painful to watch all of Hancock’s bullpen mates get shelled.  The team looks listless, broken, haunted. 

I don’t expect things to get better tomorow with the Capuano/Reyes match-up.  It would be nice to lose by less than 10 runs, but I don’t expect the Brewers to be merciful.  They are clearly the class of our division right now. I do believe we can contend with them, but not this week. 

Vince Coleman Got Run Over By a Rain Tarp

Tarp

Coleman

Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

He’d been drinkin’ too much Gatorade,
and we begged him not to go.
But he wanted to warm up.
So he dashed out, sprinting like a pro.

When they found him Game Four eve,
dazed and pinned ‘neath the tarp,
There was a bone chip in his knee.
He’d seen an angel with a harp.
 
Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

We were all so proud of Whitey.
He took the news pretty darn well.
Substituted Tito Landrum,
whose jerri curl and four hits were swell!

It just wasn’t the same without Vince.
We got the pennant but no I-70 series win.
We all can’t help but wonder, with Vince’s speed,
would the Royals have taken it on the chin?

Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

Now the Cards just won the series,
and the killer tarp we’ve nearly forgot.
Vince Coleman has long since retired.
He probably even bought a yacht.
 
I warn all the Cardinal players.
Better watch out, Yadi and Jim.
Look both ways before crossing the field.
The rain tarp may strike again.

Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe

Relive the Tarp story

Merry Christmas from Cardinal Girl! 

Now it’s your turn to pen the lyrics to "I’m Dreaming of a Whitey Christmas"…

Celebrate Good Times – The 80s

OK, as we’re all feeling rather down about the Cardinals right now and awaiting the outcome of tonight’s Reds game to know if we’re sharing first place or clinging to our .5 game lead, I thought it was time to remember the good times.  You remember the song – "Celebrate good times. Come on!"  Being a Cardinal fan in the Whiteyball era was a lot of fun, especially if you were a kid.  I remember the excitement of going to Busch Stadium with my free A student tickets and not caring that they were nosebleed seats.  I’ll never forget the day I happened to be in Lambert Airport coming back from a family vacation at the same time the team was coming back from a trip. Darrell Porter was my hero, and although I was too shy to talk to him, I was able to stare at him for a good ten minutes while he waited for his luggage.  I waited in line at Johnny Londoff Chevrolet and got autographs from Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith. Somehow I missed the news that Andy Van Slyke was at an appliance store or surely I’d have been there.  Fortunately, my friend Kristine attended, with her little brother and cabbage patch kid in tow.  Check out their superfan ensembles and Andy’s short shorts! 

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Day Off – Retro Haiku

Georgehendrick

George Hendrick flipped off
fans. He and his jerri curl
were much criticized.

Read more retro Cardinal haiku

Retro Haiku – Get Fired Up for Bruce’s Induction

Brucesutter

Splitter whizzes by
I wonder if creatures live
in Bruce Sutter’s beard

Jack Clark: Where Is He Now?

Clarkbig_2Jack Clark got interviewed on the Midwest Sports Report last night.  He’s my all time biggest Cardinal crush – and lately, he’s literally the biggest.  He’s beginning to resemble Tony Soprano.  This is fine with me, as I think Tony is sexy too.  Jack is now the hitting coach for the River City RascalsSopranosjf1_sml_3He was the Rascals’ manager and then the Dodgers’ hitting coach but he got fired, and then he wrecked his motorcycle when he wasn’t wearing a helmet.  So he may have fallen on somewhat hard times and may have a steel plate in his head, but I still love him.   And I was glad FSN Midwest recycled the clip of him hitting that homer against the Dodgers in the 1985 LCS – I never get tired of seeing that. 

Game Haiku – 05/23/06 – Cards 8, Giants 5

 Morrismatt01
Morrisbeard


Matty Mo, we miss
you, dude! (even if you are
less hot with the beard).

Retro Haiku – Get Fired up For BBQing KC!

Georgebrett
I-70 World
Series: my crush on George Brett
divides loyalty

Day Off – Retro Haiku

When the Cards get a rare and well-deserved day off, I will keep my haiku-writing muscles active by delivering haikus about my memories of growing up a Cards fan.

Coleman

Rain delay at Busch:
fans don brockabrellas; Vince
Coleman maimed by tarp

            

 

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