Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cubs and Rally Hat Both Fail in St. Louis

The Cubs continued their season of pissing me off at every opportunity down in St. Louis tonight, and I was fortunate to be able to witness the lastest debacle surrounded by a sea of red at Busch Stadium II: The Return of Jaffar.

The game itself is not something I want to go over in too much detail, but I will share some photos that Kris took with a little background to each picture.

Kris got a nice shot of Ted Lilly, who pitched pretty well.  He allowed 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings, and should have only allowed one run, but Bobby Scales (not pictured) picked an unfortunate time to emulate Alfonso Soriano on a double by the Golden God, Mark of Roses (not pictured because no camera can truly capture the awesomeness of a .256 hitter with sexy stubble).  Scales misplayed the ball, allowed it to get by him, and almost fell down which allowed DeRosa to advance to third from which he scored on a sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, it turns out that Steve Bartman's parents were in attendance and they are Cardinals fans.

Later in the game, the bearded Cards fan managed to get injured on the most benign lollipop of a foul ball.  He was bleeding from a cut on his eye, but this was the best shot Kris got because the Soriano guy kept getting in the way.  This was unfortunately one of the highlights of the game for me.

In between innings, the Cardinals provide the smartest baseball fans in the world some diversions like girls blowing whistles and slingshotting t-shirts into the crowd, trying to start The Wave, and asking who the best catcher in Cardinals history was: Mike Matheny, Ted Simmons, or Tom Pagnozzi.  Somewhere, Tim McCarver's head (not pictured) exploded.

Speaking of heads, the balding dude stood up and ruined this photo of the t-shirt girls, but you can still see the security guy creepily leering away while hoping that no one notices the uncomfortable bulge in his pants.

Finally, as the Cubs continued to underwhelm us all with their lack of any actual baseball skills on the field, my hopes were that the Rally Hat would work its magic and provide at least one meaningless victory in this series.  Unfortunately, the magic of the hat failed miserably as Theriot got himself picked off on a 2-0 count to Fukudome, and Matt Holliday led off the ninth with a walkoff homerun.  But I promised pictures of me in the hat, so here they are:

At least I still have my dignity.


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