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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Play Ball!!!

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Houston Astros made it to their first World Series after 44 seasons, owing it all to Roy Oswalt, who took his team's hopes, dreams and gritty resolve and pitched them past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday night.

Baseball, the great American pastime; it can really stir our passions.

I remember my very first game in the Little League. I got hit right in the chest with a pitch, and didn't know at the time why I was told to take first base. All I knew was, that sucker HURT! Of course I know that rule now, but at the time, I was just a wee lad.

One thing that I've always noticed about the World Series is how, while it's going on, a lot of seemingly more important things fade into the background.

I think we could all use that right about now...

One for the books; a sweep!
1. Sat, Oct 22: 5-3 White Sox
2. Sun, Oct 23: 7-6 White Sox
3. Tue, Oct 25: 7-5 White Sox
4. Wed, Oct 26: 1-0 White Sox


Blogger 'da Bunny said...


Sheesh...did St. Louis even SHOW UP for that game last night, or were the Cubs standing in for them? Pathetic. Oh well, considering how absolutely BRUTAL both the White Sox and Astros pitching is...this should be an exciting Series. With the record-setting four complete games pitched by the Sox in the NLCS, I'm hoping that their pitching continues to be the dominant force that it was against the Angels.

WooHoo!! Let the games begin!!

October 20, 2005 10:33 AM  
Blogger mig said...

My great grandfather used to take me to the farm games in San Diego when I was little. I remember sitting on wooden bleachers and eating cheetos. And to this day eating cheetos reminds me of Grandpa Herb.

October 20, 2005 10:41 AM  
Blogger UpNorthLurkin said...

What they said....Pro baseball doesn't interest me unless my hapless Twinkies are involved tho'. We go to our hometown's semi-pro games and have a ball. My husband played (catcher)fastpitch softball til he was 48 years old....(Norwegian ya know) and consequently has no knees anymore

October 20, 2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Alas, my Detroit Tigers are perennial losers. Comerica Park is really beautiful after you get past the filth they call Detroit.

October 20, 2005 11:40 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

I agree Libby, the Tigers are sad. I had hoped Trammell could really form a team, but alas, it didn't happen. Too bad, Michigan could use the boost.

Comerica Park is beautiful. Bring a hat and shades if you're on the third base line in the afternoon!

My mom and I went to the next to last game at Tiger Stadium and sat in the bleachers. (She's been a huge fan no matter how bad they are.) My mom started 'wave' and totally acted like a beacher creature. :o) They won. Great memory.

October 20, 2005 1:10 PM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

I played...T-Ball...when I was young, they wouldn't pitch a ball nowhere near any batters. I was rotated around a lot...I guess it was to maintain fairness, but alas...I still have a baseball I was given, because between the 9 schools, our team one, and it was my 'Grandslam Homerun' that did it...Which tells you how much us little kids sucked :-D

As for the series, as so many before, I probably wont watch it. The last one I watched, was the Red Sox, and the Yankee's, for obvious reasons...After playing it for 6 years as a kid, watching it just isn't as fun :-p

October 20, 2005 1:21 PM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Not only did I realize I need to read over my posts before I send them in, but I also referred to my being a 'kid' in the past tense...I can dream right.

October 20, 2005 1:23 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Josh Farni

For the very reason you mention [former pitcher] I never watch baseball on TV. I already know what pitch is comin next.

October 20, 2005 1:58 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...


Mr. Fonda owned them. Dale Murphy was a great player who wasted his career being loyal to the team. Phil "Knucks" Neikro had the second-best sidearm in the league. Bob Horner and Al "That mad Hungarian" Hrabosky made for some fine entertainment. (Is the team still paying Mad Al?)

I'm forgetting his name, but he was that third-baseman who chugged around sencond base to win a World Series for us? The earth stood still that day! He had some massive prosthetic on his leg, and ran like a refrigerator. He beat the throw, and all of Fulton County stadium collapsed into the ground. I am so ashamed I don't remember his name!

October 20, 2005 5:23 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

We did make it to a couple of World Series, y'know. The Falcons even stumbled into a Superbowl.

None of those atheletes are in any way representative of Georgians. They are hired for obscene amounts of money to live in the capital city, and wear shirts with some corporate logo that vaguely represents "Atlanta" as some corporate mastermind envisions it.

Somewhere out in the pecan orchards and cow pastures of south Georgia, kids are tossing a rawhide ball around, calling each other names and dreaming dreams.

Baseball's good for that dreaming of dreams business.

October 20, 2005 5:56 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

'da Bunny:
St. Louis really did get "spanked", indeed.

Cheetos? Mmmm!!!

Pro baseball interests me more when my Phillies are contenders...but they haven't won a World Series since the early 80's.

Libby Gone™:
There seem to be a lot of perennial losers in baseball.

Your mother is a true fan; I try to be one o' those, too.

Josh Fahrni:
You did say you were a little kid in the past tense. I still think of myself as a big kid.
(Childish=Bad, Child-like=Good)

Yes, the next pitch on TV is frequently for Budweiser.

The trotting Possum:
What you're saying about "those athletes" is also true of any city's professional team...highly paid mercenaries.

But I like the other thing you said better; as in the movie by the same title, baseball's all about that "field of dreams"...

October 20, 2005 6:24 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

My brother lives in Houston, and his son, (my nephew), lives in Chicago. This "family series" should get interesting!

BTW, I hope people realize that the Colts players like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison are more representative of Hoosiers than Pacer players like Steven Jackson and Ron Artest.

Peyton and Marvin are true role models! As is their coach Tony Dungy. Artest and Jackson are not much better than thugs. The Pacers are going to miss Reggie Miller, who is also a true role model.

Sorry to change the subject but we only have a AAA baseball team here. The Indianapolis Indians were in the AAA series this year and would have had a chance but before the series started our major league team Pittsburgh Pirates called up serveral of our best players, even though their team stunk.
The only thing I can figure is they didn't want us to win, and we didn't!

October 21, 2005 8:29 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Houston in five...

October 21, 2005 2:19 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Amarillo by morning.

October 21, 2005 2:44 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Speakin' of changing the subject...I use AAA batteries in my LED/xenon headlamp for caving.

Could be; we'll see...

Up from "San Antone"?

October 21, 2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

In 4 comments the subject went from baseball to football to rodeo to cavin to The Alamo--not bad!

October 22, 2005 12:50 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Eclecticism 'R' us?

October 22, 2005 3:09 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Was surfin' back and forth to the game last night. Caught a few awsome plays! That third baseman Crede (sp?) was literally on the ball!

Went to bed in the 7th inning,it was 4-3...who won?

October 23, 2005 9:21 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

The final score was 5-3; I've updated the post to reflect that...

October 23, 2005 10:05 AM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Well, so much for the Houston in five prediction.

October 27, 2005 12:47 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I reckon so...but they were all close games.

I guess I'll have to post about something else now...

October 27, 2005 1:16 AM  

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