Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
This last weekend, while Anne and I were lollygagging across Missouri, as part of this year’s MS-150, the hometown teams managed to pull themselves out of their relative torpors and win a few games. The Rams managed to win their regular season opener, beating the (former Saint Louis) Cardinals. The Saint Louis Cardinals managed to sweep the Pirates, relegating them to second place in the NL Central. According to the paper, Cardinal management had had a heart-to-heart with the players before this series, about the team not playing up to its potential. It seems to have worked out well, based upon this weekend’s performance. Even the Rams played with less lollygagging then they exhibited during this year’s preseason, hence the opening Bull Durham quote.
We crossed paths on Sunday night with Dave and two of his friends. Dan on the left went to Rochester with Dave. In the middle is James, a friend of Dan. This trio blew into town to see the home teams play. All three started out at the Cardinal’s game. Dan and Dave stayed through the fourth inning and then trucked across downtown to the dome, to see the Rams play. James stayed to see the whole game, because he is on some sort of baseball tour. The Cards were ahead in the fourth and only piled on more runs in later innings, crushing Pittsburgh in a weekend’s work. The Rams struggled. Anne watched the game on TV and she kept me up with the score. Somehow they managed to end up on top by the end of the game. It was a good weekend for Saint Louis sports.