Dubuque County’s “Field of Dreams,” one of my favorite places on Earth, apparently will have new owners soon.
Monthly Archives: October 2011
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.
The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.
–Excerpt from A. Bartlett Giamatti’s “The Green Fields of the Mind”
I spent all that time and effort rooting against the Redcoats, and they still won the World Series.
I just can’t believe it.
It’s never a bad time to check out my list of “100 things I love about baseball.”
If you’re not watching Game 6 of the World Series right now, I feel sorry for you.
The Yankees franchise is known for its tradition of great hitters.
The Dodgers franchise is known for its tradition of great pitchers.
The Cardinals franchise is known for its tradition of great excuses.
Every time the Cardinals lose a critical game or series, they have an excuse. It’s always someone else’s fault.
- In 1985, they lost the World Series because Vince Coleman hurt his ankle.
- They also lost the 1985 World Series because of an umpire’s blown call.
- In 1987, they lost the World Series because of the noise and homer hankies and the white roof in the Metrodome.
- In 2009, they lost Game 2 of the NLDS because Dodger fans were waving white towels and Matt Holliday couldn’t see a fly ball.
- This year, they lost the NL Central because the Brewers were dimming the lights at Miller Park when opposing teams were batting. That was Tony LaRussa’s theory, anyway.
- And tonight, they lost Game 5 of the World Series because the bullpen phone at Rangers Ballpark couldn’t be heard over the crowd noise. Apparently LaRussa couldn’t get his preferred relief pitcher in the game. Boo-hoo.
I’m sick and tired of the Cardinals’ pathetic excuses, year after year.