And so it begins. My brother Chris has inserted a San Francisco Giant’s fan graphic in his Chris’s Camera section of this blog. This is cute. Both he and my other brother, Frank, are both life long Giants fan. I use to be a fan of the Giants too, at least until I moved to Saint Louis, some thirty years ago and since both the Cardinals and the Giants have been frequent visitors to post-season play, I’ve dealt with this before.
Let’s take a step back. Last night both the Cardinals and the Giants clinched their respective berths in the pennant winning National League Championship Series, which begins this Saturday. Last night also featured a total lunar eclipse, plus our annual block party. The above photo is recycled from April’s lunar eclipse. I didn’t stay up for it again last night. A full moon is always an opportunity for lunacy, but a total lunar eclipse goes beyond the pale.
Smith corks one into right, down the line! It may go!! … Go crazy, folks! Go crazy! It’s a home run, and the Cardinals have won the game, by the score of 3 to 2, on a home run by the Wizard! Go crazy! – Jack Buck, 1985
Last night, while Anne was putting her finishing touches on her Lemony Lemon Brownies, I was trying to follow the Cards game online. I was watching one of those simulated play-by-play renditions of the game, which tend to lag a bit. By the time Anne was ready to go the Redbirds were still down 2-0 at the end of the sixth inning. After we had walked the fifty yards down the block to where people had congregated, the Cardinals were ahead 3-2 at the end of the seventh.
A neighbor had set up a big screen TV in the back of his SUV and the live telecast was on there. I’m guessing that the lag was greater than I had thought. I should get cable TV, but AT&T is already my biggest payee, so why would I add to that bill? Still, it would be nice to see more of the Cards in the post-season, other than just glimpses and the World Series.
While the series starts this Saturday, Rey called today to suggest that we get tickets to next Saturday’s game. Both are scheduled to be played at Busch. Next Saturday’s game is an optional one, so it may not be played, but Rey and Dave were already scheduled to be in town for Next Sunday’s Rams and Seahawks NFL game. We’ll green light Rey’s idea. A clinching Redbird victory the previous night would take a lot of the sting out of the inevitable debacle on the following Sunday afternoon.