Tagged: Mark DeRosa

St. Louis

What a busy summer it’s been!  This past weekend was barbeque city with my extended family’s summer get together at my parents and my son’s second birthday party on Sunday. For the record, my son got lots of Cardinal stuff from his Opa.  

On the weekend of July 18th and 19th, my brother and I took my father to St. Louis as a retirement gift.  We got to see a game at the new Busch Stadium on Saturday the 18th.  I had a great time in St. Louis with my father and brother.  New Busch Stadium is a great stadium, but very expensive.  I thought I was in Chicago for most of my time there.  Nine dollars for a beer.  Really?  Eight dollars for four chicken strips?  It seemed like most people in the upper deck with us were eating at Hardees because the food prices were more manageable.  It was like a fast food place in the mall that charges a little more because of the rent.  O.K., a little more expensive than that.

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The iconic St. Louis Arch commands ones attention.  I had a sudden urge for a Big Mac.
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The ballpark is in sight.
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A shot of the park from our parking garage.
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Busch Stadium still had All-Star fever.
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My dad found the legend, Jack Buck.  Notice the “L” T-shirt.  Surprisingly, we did not see any anti-Cub T-shirts in or around the stadium.  We didn’t see anyone selling any vulgar T-shirts.  Maybe we really weren’t in Chicago.
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My brother next to Stan the Man.
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All-Star fever.
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I wore my Zambrano jersey and did not get heckled at all.  People were very polite in St. Louis.
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One of the many statues outside the stadium.
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The only blue in a sea of red.
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The best thing about new Busch Stadium is the skyline view of the Arch behind the outfield.  Very nice.
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I like how they cut the Arch onto the field.  I wonder how long that took?
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Big Mac land.  Pujold knocked out one of the letters this year.
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Here comes Fredbird.  I bought my son a Build a Bear Fredbird as a souvenir.  My father bought out the Cardinals clubhouse for my son Joshua.  I may be fighting a losing battle.
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As you may or may not know, the Bowling Hall of Fame is in St. Louis.  It used to be across the street from the old ballpark, but they moved it to make way for a Nike All-Star store.  I’m not sure where they moved it to.  I had to take this picture because ever since we saw Popeye throw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field, my father has said that stuff like that is only for idiot Cub fans.  Real fans, like in St. Louis, are at the games to follow baseball.  My father had nothing to say about this seen before the game.  I feel sorry for the bowling pin, however.  It’s not an easy act following up President Obama in throwing out a first pitch at Busch Stadium.
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Neil Rackers of the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals also threw out a first pitch.  It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since the Cardinals called St. Louis home.
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It’s good to see Mark DeRosa get another chance with a contender.
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Even as a Cub fan, I have to admit that Albert Pujols’s swing is a thing of beauty.
After seeing a few of the newer parks in Major League Baseball this summer, I really have to admit that something has to be done with Wrigley Field.  It might be time for the wrecking ball, or at least leave the field and ivy and completely gut the interior.  The facilities at Wrigley really are antiquated.  I’m sure the players wouldn’t mind to have a real clubhouse and amenities.

Does it still mean as much?

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Does this series mean that much anymore?  It seems like every year the teams split the head to head matchup anyhow.  This match up meant more when both teams were in the second division.  Then it was about city “bragging rights”.  I can recall an exchange between a Cubs fan and Sox fan I overheard at Wrigley about ten years ago when I went to one of these battles.  The Cubs fan said “Sox suck!”  The Sox fan came back with “Cubs suck”.  The Cubs fan, left with nothing else, shrugged his shoulders and simply said “I know”.  The best thing about the crosstown showdown is seeing all the T-shirts poking fun at each team being sold outside the stadium.  There are some funny ones.  Since the Sox won the World Series in ’05, city “bragging rights” doesn’t seem to mean as much.  That’s just my opinion.  Sure, Ozzie tries to ruffle the North Sider’s feathers by saying that every time he comes to Wrigley he pukes.  Well, not every team can be blessed with a state of the art facility that despite being less than twenty years old, has already been renovated.  Lou says nothing, of course, because he has no answers right now.  Doesn’t it seem like Lou is just counting his days in Chicago, playing out his contract.  Rumor has it the Yankees want to hire him as a consultant.  Hmm…consult for the Yankees or deal with Milton Bradley for two more years?
Was the Cubs power display in the eight inning yesterday a sign of good things to come or a result of Scott Linebrink throwing batting practice?
With the Indians coming to town today, I propose we trade Milton Bradley and the Gatorade Machine for Mark DeRosa and Kerry Wood.
Judging by the weather today, today’s game may be in jeopardy.  The Cubs have about four or five rain outs to make up already.  That’s not good because they won’t have too many off days in the second half.  As the All-Star game nears, the Cubs enter the make or break portion of their schedule.  At 31-31, the Cubs are now closer to last place then they are to first or second place.  Before the break the Cubs have to play three with Cleveland (don’t sleep on Cleveland, they can score runs and the Cubs can’t), one makeup game with the Braves, three with the first place Tigers, three with the White Sox, three with the Pirates (only two games behind the Cubs right now), four with the Brewers, three with the Braves, and four with the Cardinals.  If the Cubs play well in this stretch, they’ll be fine.  If they don’t, they’ll be done.
I’m looking forward to today’s match up of Cliff Lee vs. Rich Harden.  That is, if they play.