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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

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.

12 Comments:

  • For those that haven't read it, Ryne Sandberg's comments at his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame are a must read, particularly in the context of what it means to Cubs/Cards fans in the midwest. They replayed the Ryne Sandberg game against the Cards on WGN that day...two home runs off one of the best reliever's (Sutter) in one game....doesn't get any better than that. Particurlarly in this current season where things are not looking particularly good for the Cubs.

    By Blogger Paul W, at 8/09/2005 07:18:00 AM  

  • Along w/Paul W., I live in central IL - we are surrounded by equal amounts of Cardinal & Cubs fans. The rivalry is really fun in this town!!! I, personally, will ALWAYS be a Cub fan!(Even though I grew up on the South Side of Chicago & ALL my relatives are White Sox fans!) There is nothing better than seeing husbands & wives in this town, one wearing blue & the other wearing red. Like the Meatloaf song says "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that!" You never give up your baseball allegience for anyone!!!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 8/09/2005 07:44:00 AM  

  • "Ah, takes me back to my childhood listening to Harry Caray ("Cardinals win! Cardinals win!") and Jack Buck on KMOX."

    ...which makes it sad that KMOX will no longer be the Cardinals' flagship network after this season. New stadium; new radio network.

    I hate change agents.

    By Blogger Malibu Librarian, at 8/09/2005 08:02:00 AM  

  • If only Jack had done a better job of raising Joe, perhaps I wouldn't hate Fox Sports so much right now. Seriously, that guys voice just hits that one part of my brain that makes me want to vomit all over myself and whatever snack I happen to be eating every time I hear it.

    Although, now that the Braves manages to snag Chip Caray from the Cubs, or wherever, we're not much better off.

    Give me Pete and Skip any day!!!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 8/09/2005 08:35:00 AM  

  • Giants - Dodgers anyday.

    But then again, what would you expect me to say?

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 8/09/2005 08:51:00 AM  

  • My first game ever to witness was Cards-Cubs 1964. Ernie Banks, Santo, Billy Williams, and the gang against Brock, Boyer, Flood and Gibby. Sorry, but it don't get no better than that! :) I remember it like it was yesterday.
    Good thing, cause I don't remember yesterday.

    GO CARDS!

    By Blogger David U, at 8/09/2005 12:15:00 PM  

  • 'She's got the sloe eyes and bitchin' bod of the . . . ' Oops. There...
    As a longtime journalist you'd think he'd know better. He did not. Richard Gee wrote on his blog at SportsJournalists.com about a young woman in a journalism class he was teaching at Boston University: "Of my ...
    Wow! I like your blog! I be back and so will my friends. Looks like you've found your niche.

    I have a new patch technology site.

    Come and take a look when you get time.

    By Blogger copypro, at 8/09/2005 12:41:00 PM  

  • I still say Buzz baited and sucker-punched a fine Christian man in Gary Gaines when he wrote Friday Night Lights.

    By Blogger KentF, at 8/09/2005 01:13:00 PM  

  • Cubbies are the best!

    By Blogger Tammy M., at 8/09/2005 06:16:00 PM  

  • Mike, I'm just glad you've gotten around to talking about something really important on your blog again! My Braves biggest division rival is....nobody. We dominate them all and usually are in view of clinching by Labor Day. Ho-Hum, 14 straight division titles.

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 8/09/2005 08:31:00 PM  

  • 3 Nights in August was a great book, but not what I expected.

    It's funny, I quoted the same section you did on my blog to my Cub-fan friends. At last, something we can agree on!

    By Blogger Al Sturgeon, at 8/10/2005 05:36:00 AM  

  • That last comment didn't refer to you and I finally agreeing on something, but Cardinal fans and Cub fans.

    Sheesh. I'll see if my brain can catch up with my typing sometime today.
    :-)

    By Blogger Al Sturgeon, at 8/10/2005 09:39:00 AM  

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