Jay sent Anne this photo of Anne’s newly bedazzled Converse All Star sneakers. Jay has glammed shoes for Anne, Jane and herself. All three sisters plan on wearing their stunning and coordinated Chucks together for Maren and Dave’s wedding next month. Anne went with high tops, while Jay and Jane went low tops. Anne had to ask if her high tops would make her taller than her sisters? It was really generous of Jay to do this project, because Anne’s crafty dance card is pretty full these days. Number one on her plate being the MAD quilt, which as of Saturday Anne had finished quilting the front face of all sixteen blocks. She still has the backside to do and then a border to be complete. Sunday though she switched projects and began working on the canopy for the chuppah, which she should knockout pretty quickly.
Saturday night, we took Joanie out to dinner for her birthday (It was a big one for her!). For the restaurant she chose Cunetto’s House of Pasta, which is definitely not Weight Watchers friendly. I must admit that I was more than a little leery about her choice, because of Covid. Cunetto’s is always crowded, which usually results in a long wait in the bar before you are seated. Back in the day, the bar was always very smoky too. Thankfully, at least that is no longer a problem anymore, but the prospect of waiting in the bar seemed to me to be rather problematic. To prevent this circumstance, we showed up early, half-an-hour before the place even opened. we were first in line and were seated first. We got a table in the corner, where we enjoyed a scrumptious Covid free meal.
Speaking of All Stars, how about those Cards? On September 12th we attended a Cardinal’s ballgame at Busch. The Redbirds won, which kicked off a winning streak that became the longest winning streak in the club’s almost 130-year history. They have become red hot the second half of this month, peaking just in time for the playoffs. On Sunday, they won their sixteenth game in a row and return to Saint Louis to finish the regular season. The Cardinals magic number is down to one now, for a wildcard playoff berth. It looks like a red October.
On Sunday, we went to the ballgame, with Joanie and Pat. Joanie arranged it. We got there extra early, because of a promotion, X-Large hoodies. I’ll be sending mine to Dave. One little girl was wearing hers at the park and it fitted like a full-length dress on her. The promotion also included a hot dog and a soda, which I hungrily wolfed down. Damn the half-hour of lost life, but I hear that the last half-hour is no fun anyway. Seats were in the right-field corner and mercifully fully shaded. It was warm, but not as uncomfortable as the other two ballgames that we’ve seen earlier this year with Rey. The Cards jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and managed to hold the Reds to a shutout for the remainder of the game. The first half of the game went quickly, with so little scoring, but many pitching changes and higher batting counts slowed the second half. It seemed that whenever the Reds got a hit, the Redbirds also got a new pitcher. Hence the pictured conference on the mound and the allusion to Bull Durham.
The Reds threatened in both the eighth and the ninth, with leadoff doubles, but could never do much more than that. The home team put on quite the splendid little show that included a homerun, stolen base and a double play. We stayed to the end and then trooped down to MetroLink, for the train ride home. After the game the dugout Cardinals met the bullpen players for some self-congratulatory handshakes and I thought that they only did that in little league. The Redbirds are fifteen games behind the division leading Brewers, but as of yesterday, they are only one game out of getting a wildcard berth. Even though the highs here are still in the nineties, there is a noticeable chill in the mornings. One that I feel every time I go out to get the paper. It would be nice to have another Red October this fall. It has been ten years since they last won the World Series. I think that they are about due again.
The Cardinals had sort of a fussy game on Sunday. It rained in the first inning, but that didn’t stop play. The Reds managed to score during this period of wetness and went on to score in the second and third innings. After three the Redbirds were down seven to nothing. Thing’s kind of quieted down until the Cardinals came roaring back and scored seven runs in one inning to tie up the game, but Saint Louis couldn’t close the deal and allowed one more Cincinnati run that gave them the lead again and eventually the game. This loss made for five in a row, leaving the Cardinals in a terrible slump. People were kind of fried after sitting in the hot sun all afternoon. Forty days in the desert meant that I didn’t get sunburned. I didn’t have to cook dinner, because we ordered pizza instead. Joanie joined us then. This morning, we went to the zoo. Bathing elephants were probably the highlight of our visit. For lunch we hit Blueberry Hill and then CRAB departed town.