August 18, 2010

Baseball Heaven ?? ***Ah!! Pence

Having been s fairly frequent visitor to St. Louis' Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals, I've been witness to numerous incidents and both on and off the field over the past 2 years or so.

I've been "fortunate" to meet and get to know "Skip" the ardent fan who arrives over 2 hours early and sets up his folding chair outside Gate 6 daily. I've since learned that "Skip" and his wife may indeed have more than an infatuation with the Cards that borders on scary fanaticism including following the team to Jupiter, FL. and "working" for the club in spring training in an unofficial capacity.

This season I've seen Cards reliever Jason Motte retrieve a Colby Rasmus home run ball that had been hit into the bullpen and toss the souvenir to a thrilled 10-12 year old in the bleachers only to end up on the DL the next day..coincidence...

Last night as i settled into my "customary" spot in RF a young man in a wheelchair accompanied by 2 friends pulled up next to me to view the end of the visiting Brewers batting practice session. They inquired as to handicapped accessibility as they had purchased regular seats. I referred them to an usher I've come to know as a friend, Ira, who, I told the trio would more than likely be able to help them out. As they spoke with Ira regarding their "situation" I was able to hear him say" Just stay where you are until batting practice ends and then we'll get you a spot to watch the game". A few batters later, the crowd gathered in RF reacted to a ball hit deep to right in my general direction. i did my usual duck and cover as the ball approached only to see it land just to the left coming within reach of 1 of my wheelchair friends' buddies, who picked it up and handed it to the "beyond excited" smiling fan in the chair. Had Ira moved these folks at their initial contact, would that ball have found them? Hmm..coincidence..I don't know, but learning afterward that his was the young man's first game at Busch, it made me appreciate the "hokey" greeting issued prior to each game by Busch PA announcer John Ulett of "Welcome to Busch Stadium, Welcome to Baseball Heaven."

As these folks were moved to another location in which they could view the game, it was neat to hear them discussing that which I just described.

The game on the other hand proved a "horror show" as the Brewers and unheralded Dave Bush took advantage of 2 Felipe Lopez errors to score 3 runs, all unearned, off of Redbirds rookie Jaime Garcia. The Cards were able to get 2 runs back, 1 from Albert Pujols 31st HR to deep center in the 4th and 1 in the 8th on a wild pitch, while missing further opportunities in both the eighth and ninth innings before falling to the Brewers 3-2 before another sell out at "comfortable" Busch.

The loss combined with the Reds win at Arizona dropped the Cards 2 games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central. Adam Wainwright will go for his 18th win of 2010 on Wednesday afternoon facing Milwaukee lefty Randy Wolf as the Redbirds look for a positive heading into and off day Thursday before the SF Giants arrive for a weekend series with Little Timmie Hippie Lincecum set to face the Cards on Saturday.

In Houston Johan Santana tossed a complete game 9 hitter allowing 4 runs while the Mets anemic offense saw their woes continue yet again. Unfortunately for Santana and the Mets 2 of the hits he allowed were Home Runs to Hunter Pence accounting for all 4 Astros runs in a 4-3 loss that dropped the Mets 11 games back of the Braves who won at home versus the Nationals, overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the 6th to score 10 unanswered runs over the final four innings in a 10-2 victory that saw the return of All Star Martin Prado.

While the Mets starters have seemed to taken it upon themselves to keep the club "respectable", not much can be said other than David Wright had hits in his 5th consecutive game, a solo Homer in the 8th and rookie Fernando Martinez had an RBI single in the 1st as the Mets fell 4-3.

Please Wilpon's




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