Phew! My streak of not posting ends as the Cards’ victory propels me back into blogging. Actually, I wasn’t boycotting due to the 8-game losing streak, but doing some traveling and working in LA. I am dividing my time lately between STL (my hometown) and LA (my adopted town), spending time in STL helping my dad who is having some health problems. I find it much easier to keep tabs on the Cards and keep up the blog when I’m in the Lou, obviously. Reading all the Post coverage and watching games on FSN is definitely preferable to skimming news off the net and catching haiku-like highlights on ESPN News.
Watching the Cards in the last couple games of this losing streak made me feel as powerless and depressed as I did during the 2004 World Series. It just seemed like nothing was going our way and that the boys weren’t playing to win. If we were hitting, we weren’t pitching, or vice versa. They just didn’t look like the same team that rocketed through April and May. And tonight was no exception, as the bullpen and defense squandered a solid Carp performance and would have blown another game, if not for the Indians catcher missing a pop up (he should have to run some laps for that). A bright spot was Taguchi running hard and making it to 2nd base on that error. I don’t think many other guys on the team besides Eckstein would have run that one out. I hope his spirit, and the rain of the giveaway seat cushions, will inspire the club to start another kind of streak – the winning kind.