I've been reading 3 Nights in August, the new book by Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights. It covers a three-game series between the Cardinals and Cubs in August, 2003. But, of course, it's much more: it's a view of baseball as seen through the eyes of Tony La Russa, the Cards' manager who is about to become third on the list of all-time wins. Here's a wonderful snippet about the Cards-Cubs series: "The rivalry between the Cubs and the Cardinals is probably the oldest and perhaps the best in baseball, no matter how the Red Sox and Yankees spit and spite at each other. That's a tabloid-fueled soap opera about money and ego and sound bites. That's a pair of bratty high-priced supermodels trying to trip each other in their stilettos on the runway. But the Cards-Cubs epic is about the roots and geography and territorial rights. It's entwined in the Midwestern blood and therefore refreshing and honest and even heroic." Ah, takes me back to my childhood listening to Harry Caray ("Cardinals win! Cardinals win!") and Jack Buck on KMOX.