“If a boo is heard, blame a rare malcontent. If a Cardinals pitcher is roughed up, expect applause when he is given the hook. And if the Red Sox win, well, more power to them. … “When you’re in the Northeast, it’s a different culture. Here, it’s go ahead and cut in front of me. If I could be one thing, I’ll be too nice. There’s no turning cars over here, no riots in the street. That’s just the way it is. We may just hug someone to death, though.””
Sure, why not? A fan holds up a ‘Rodgers for president’ sign before the start of the NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo: REUTERS/Darren Hauck)
Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. With that in mind, it seems fitting to highlight this cover featuring Pat Tillman, who left a successful NFL career to go overseas and serve in the military. As the headline suggests, remember his name. (Courtesy of the Tillman family)
GALLERY: Remembering Pat Tillman
A scene from the stands in Busch Stadium at Thursday’s Cardinals-Rangers World Series game. It’s good to be in St. Louis today. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
Chris Carpenter’s shirt could not contain his excitement when St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of their NL division series. The Cardinals pitcher will probably greet Zack Greinke’s comments about his “phony attitude” with less enthusiasm. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine
One of the books I’m currently reading is Baseball historian John Thune’s Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game and I keep coming across wonderful passages that connect interesting, and seemingly disparate, dots. This one caught my eye:
Von Der Ahe (proprietor of the St. Louis Browns - of the American Association), in particular, had no love for the league (National League), and he seethed when Chicago’s underhanded tactics denied his Browns a rightful victory in the 1885 World Series. Before he final game both sides had agreed that the controversial game two would be declared no contest; originally it had been forfeited to Chicago when the Browns left the field in the sixth inning of a 5-4 game in a dispute with the legendarily crooked umpire Dave Sullivan (who nonetheless officiated a few big-league games after this). Thus with the series tied at two wins apiece - game one had ended in a legitimate tie - the Browns won game seven handily, 13-4 to win the World Series…or so they thought. Only after the conclusion of this game did Cap Anson insist that game two should now revert to a forfeit, so that the series would end in a draw, at three wins apiece after the series-opening tie. The long-standing rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago may have originated in their competition for the nation’s commerce via river or rail, but, in baseball, the ill feeling between supporters of the Cubs and Cardinals started with this dispute.