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
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?).
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!
Pujols nearly swings
at Backe, then finds his true
swing with two homers.
Pujols started off slow, with 4 homers in the first round, but had a big second round to secure a tie for 3rd place in the home run derby. He belted 9 homers in the 2nd round to bring his total to 13. It was cute to watch Albert Jr. watching his dad. As Albert had 8 outs and needed 3 more homers to tie Vlad Guerrero and acheive a swing-off for the finals, Albert asked his son, "Do you think I can hit 3 more?" Junior didn’t hesitate to nod affirmatively. It all came down to the last swing, with 9 homers and 9 outs, but Albert’s final blast ended just at the warning track. Still, a great show by Albert, and let’s hope he keeps hitting like that in the 2nd half of the season.
Pujols, bullpen drive
victory. Final score pays
tribute to Hancock.
Pujols’ clutch double,
Edmonds’ diving catch: Now we’re
looking like my Cards
Wow, what an exciting game today! It reminded me of the playoffs last year – when the Cards had a "never say die" attitude. They just kept coming back today and eked out the victory. It sure feels good to actually win a series at Wrigley for a change.
Almost everyone contributed on offense today, which was necessary since Wainwright gave up 7 runs (can’t totally blame him though…the wind was not his friend). It was great to see Edmonds get his first homer. Kennedy ripped a double that brought in 2 runs. Duncan hit a homer. Pujols hit the game-winning 3 run homer in the 10th. But I’d have to give star of the game honors to Scott Rolen who went 5 for 6, a new career best for him.
The Cards handed the ball to Izzy with a 2-run lead in the 9th, but he allowed the Cubs to tie the game. I won’t sound the alarm bells on Izzy for that one – the Cubs scored those runs on a crazy pop up that appeared to be foul then drifted back into play and just out of reach of several Wilson, Miles, and Pujols who were all giving chase.
The Cubs broadcasters pointed out something curious: The Cards have scored 10 runs or more for the 3rd consecutive Sunday.
Sunday, Aprl 8 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 9 – 14 – 9 runs in 4 games
Sunday, April 15 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 16 – 23 – 12 runs in 6 games
Let’s hope we can break the pattern and keep the run production going strong this week.
Crazy winds swirl in
back and forth battle; Pujols
strikes the final blow