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Monday, October 10, 2005

Thanks to a grand slam in the 8th, a home run with two outs in the ninth, and another in the 18th inning, my three teams are still in. At one point last night, I watched a 43 year old pitch to a 47 year old. That's a total of 90 years. For a brief moment, I didn't feel quite so old. Thanks, Rocket and Julio. Now, about the Angels. John Lackey once again was amazing, but they couldn't get it done. Just as well. Finish the celebration in Anaheim tonight.


  • How about those killer B's! Thank you Chris Burke! It is time to Rocket past the Cardinals!

    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/10/2005 05:47:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Do you have nightmares about Mariano Rivera?

    By Blogger Brad, at 10/10/2005 05:58:00 AM  

  • As I mourn the downfall of my Padres, I rejoice in the Astros, all the while crossing fingers for the Angels. How about that for a shift? LOL

    The following is from the San Diego newspaper. This touching piece pretty well expresses my emotions about the Padres.


    2005 PLAYOFFS
    Season swept away

    October 9, 2005

    On the big field at Petco Park, the St. Louis Cardinals were taking batting practice, the sweet "thwack" of northern ash striking cowhide punctuating a sandlot game in the park behind the left-field stands.

    Ten years old and thin as a fungo bat, a boy took an easy swing and the ball soared toward left. A half-dozen kids scurried about the bases; somebody tossed the ball to a boy in a wheelchair, who flipped it toward home plate.

    Baseball at its simplest and at its most sophisticated was played downtown last night at a packed Petco Park, which was adorned in red, white and blue bunting and awash in excitement. Postseason play made its debut at the ballpark by the bay after a seven-year absence from San Diego.

    Fireworks heralded the introduction of the Padres, a Marine band played the national anthem and a field-sized American flag was unfurled – quite a spectacle for a national TV audience.

    "There was such great anticipation tonight; everybody was so pumped up," said lifelong Padres fan Ron Fornaca. "I was there in (the championship seasons of) 1984 and 1998. That was incredible. We were all hoping for a repeat of that."

    But it was not to be.

    Instead of the glory years, it was déjà vu – a bleak repeat of 1996, when the Cardinals swept the Padres in the first round in three games.

    With St. Louis ahead 5-0 in the second inning last night, a sense of resignation settled over the crowd. And though the Padres flirted with a comeback in the ninth inning, the Cardinals won 7-4.

    Early chants of "Let's go Padres" turned to mutterings of "wait until next year" as St. Louis celebrated and 45,000 San Diego fans headed quietly into the night.

    – Mark Sauer


    So, I add my mutterings of "wait until next year." :(

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/10/2005 06:44:00 AM  

  • Horrible weekend. (Red) Sox out. Braves out.

    Yanks still alive.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 10/10/2005 06:44:00 AM  

  • Brad - Yes. Definitely. You don't want to enter the ninth inning needing a run against the Yankees.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/10/2005 06:59:00 AM  

  • I love it, I love it, I love it. I can't wait to have space on this coveted blog on Tuesday morning.

    Mo Rivera = Cy Young. No doubt.

    By Blogger jch, at 10/10/2005 07:19:00 AM  

  • Bartolo Colon = Cy Young.

    No brainer.

    Big game tonight. Should be fun. Yeah, I know I really OUGHT to be working on Sunday's sermon. But Game 5 may just come first.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 10/10/2005 07:48:00 AM  

  • I live in the little town where Roger's son played minor league ball this year. He spent alot of this time doing side work in our town. As impressive he is as a pitcher, he impressed me just as much as a father. Partly by the way his son handled the spotlight so well and so patiently.

    Both my kids got his autograph one night. My five year old recognized him in street clothes before I did. He said "there's Roger". He was right. I didn't know they were on a first name basis. He was very gracious with them. Both have a ball with father's and son's autographs right next to each other.

    Being a life long Braves fan, the Astros are my second favorite team and now will recieve my support to get past the cards on into the World Series.

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 10/10/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • I posted the same thing this morning! Glory days!

    By Blogger That Girl, at 10/10/2005 08:06:00 AM  

  • Life in the Hootee household is better when the Yankees win.

    Last evening, as our small group discussion ended, my Yankee husband retreated to his office and came out with his tattered "good luck" Yankee ball cap.

    As for me, I am rooting for the Stros!

    By Blogger Hoots Musings, at 10/10/2005 08:17:00 AM  

  • Thanks for the few moments at Zoe. It must be tough for you because all 1200 people would love to take you to lunch and you just can't do that. It was great to see you. Thank you (and Jeff) for the messages! Wow.

    I'll pull for your Cards now. Go Taliban (or whoever is playing the Yankees). Another post-season, heartbreaking choke for the Braves. Oh well, at least we're used to it.

    God Bless!

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 10/10/2005 09:56:00 AM  

  • I truly despise the Yanks. My personal opinion is that Rivera is some sort of droid or clone from some Star Wars movie. He can't be human. It's not fair.

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 10/10/2005 11:11:00 AM  

  • Can't help but love the rematch between the stros/cards. No Beltran to the rescue this year, but I sure wish Rolen was in the lineup.

    Go Cards!

    By Blogger Glenn, at 10/10/2005 12:01:00 PM  

  • Yanks: best team money can buy...maybe

    By Blogger MarkS, at 10/10/2005 12:17:00 PM  

  • Grrrrrrrr I loathe the Braves Bullpen. I sat on my couch for 18 innings and got nothing in return, thanks to them. I'm sure this can still be blamed on Dan Kolb.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 10/10/2005 04:20:00 PM  

  • And the Angels do it!! YES!!!! :o)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/10/2005 08:50:00 PM  

  • Cannot WAIT to read this blog tomorrow. Heh heh heh.

    Go ANGELS!!!

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 10/10/2005 09:00:00 PM  

  • Last night I witnessed the Greatest Game Ever Played

    Is it wrong that all these pro Braves and pro Cardinal posts anger me something fearce?

    By Blogger Kyle, at 10/10/2005 09:22:00 PM  

  • I just got back from Zoe today at 4:15pm. Back to Wisconsin and my great kids. My friends, my husband and I had a great time. What a great chance to see what our church--Oakhaven, Oshkosh, WI--does well and what we could do better. It also showed me what I can do better, personally. It was very uplifting. Your messages were great. My husband was particularly taken back by the monologue of Matthew...I am a mess, thank GOD for my messiah. I can't wait to do more of these conferences. It really shows how I can do more in my church and more in my community. Thanks for being a stop on my JOURNEY.

    I also have a great guacamole recipe...if you are ever in Oshkosh, our church is behind the Wal-Mart in the big barn. Gary Cleveland is our minister. Join us sometime!

    By Blogger Carrie Harwell, at 10/10/2005 09:33:00 PM  

  • How great is it that Alex Rodriguez was something like 2-15 in the series? I guess he made about $80,000 per strikeout or groundout.

    He and Randy Johnson get my votes for the most overpriced underachievers of the year!

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 10/10/2005 10:57:00 PM  

  • Greg,

    Sorry, the under achiever of the year award went to the Atlanta Braves.

    Let me save your smack for the other Joel and go ahead and state that yes Barry Bonds takes roids and the Giants were under achievers too.

    Randy did lock up the best rat with a mullet award though.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 10/11/2005 02:36:00 PM  

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