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Atonement

Game 78: June 22, 2008 ∙ 13 innings Cardinals 3 BS: Chris Perez (1)L: Mike Parisi (0-3) 44-33, 1 game losing streak Red Sox 5 BS: Jonathan Papelbon (4)W: Javier Lopez (2-0) 47-31, 1 game winning streak Highlights: A baker’s dozen of innings to while away the hours on a sleepy Sunday. Craig Hansen was as much a hero as Kevin Youkilis; in his one and two-third innings of work not one base runner reached and three went down flailing at his now-restored slider. Jon Lester notched his fourth quality start in a row, but by the end of the game any memories of his outing evaporated like the puddles on Lansdowne on a summer day. He only struck out three batters, but when you only allow one free pass and nine hits sprinkled over seven and one-third innings the damage can be contained.It was a day of folly on the field. Yadier Molina expanded his horizons by manning first base instead taking his customary position behind home plate. Brian Barton tripped over Rick Ankiel in their dual pursuit of Jacoby Ellsbury’s fly ball to the left-center gap in the first inning.Coco Crisp clanged up against the garage door...

Tatakitsubusu [叩き潰す]

Game 77: June 21, 2008 Cardinals 9 W: Mitchell Boggs (2-0) 44-32, 2 game winning streak Red Sox 3 L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-1) 46-31, 2 game losing streak Highlights: The first symbol in the verb tatakitusbusu means strike, beat, hit, thrash, and criticize while the third ideogram stands for crush, smash, break, and dissipate. Such words almost encapsulate Matsuzaka’s return to the mound after his stint on the disabled list. It reminded me of David Wells’s return on July 31, 2006; the pitcher had declined to make rehab starts in the minors and turned in four and two-third innings of work with eight earned runs, which included two home runs. In that game the Red Sox squeaked out a victory in the bottom of the ninth with one out. David Ortiz wasn’t around to jack a three-run walk-off homer this time, however. Chris Smith struck out Rick Ankiel, the first major league batter he faced. The bases were loaded and the score was 4-0. The recently called-up Smith sensed Ankiel’s hunger and whetted the slugger’s appetite with nibbling change-ups. Ankiel left the dish with an empty stomach.Troy Glaus wasn’t falling for such ploys, however. The third baseman bellied up...

Setback

Game 76: June 20, 2008 Cardinals 5 W: Kyle Lohse (9-2)H: Russ Springer (5)S: Ryan Franklin (10) 43-32, 1 game winning streak Red Sox 4 L: Tim Wakefield (4-5) 46-30, 1 game losing streak Highlights: Julio Lugo’s errors outstripped his runs produced last night, 2 to 1, but the two mistakes enabled the Cardinals to score. The shortstop slammed his first homer of the season in the sixth inning to knot the score at two runs. The happenings on the diamond were disappointing after not one but two appearances by the World Champion Boston Celtics. I was there but didn’t even see the shamrock mowed into center field; it’s odd to not to notice certain things despite one’s close perspective.Manny Ramirez came up to bat with the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh but neither time did he add to career total of 20 grand slams. He leads all active players; the next three closest are Alex Rodriguez (16), Ken Griffey, Jr. (15), and Richie Sexson (14).I was amused by Tim Wakefield waving off Kevin Youkilis to field Ryan Ludwick’s pop out to conclude the first. He did so impatiently, like an old man pushing his apprentice out...

Verdant Victory

Ignoring anything that happened on field, this was one of the best games I have ever attended. I didn’t get to attend Opening Day in either 2005 or 2008 and will likely not be able to see the banner being raised later this year at the Garden, so this was a fine substitute. Before going to Fenway I stopped by the Garden to get some pictures of any finals regalia remaining. The New Garden: finally a worthy replacement to Boston Garden? Can litter make you smile winsomely? The Cardinals take some practice hacks....

What is Coinage Before Decimalisation, Alex?

Surprise Me, Trebek! Curt Schilling is a deeply religious man but his faith does not preclude him from understanding that stem cell research is perhaps the only way to defeat maladies like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a disease that afflicted his mother. Schilling did stump for George Bush in 2004 following the Red Sox’s victory, but did try to convince the president to support funding for this unnecessarily controversial science. Faith wasn’t enough to lead Schilling to victory over his Celebrity Jeopardy! challengers, however. In the episode broadcast on November 9, Schilling lost to Doug Savant and Jane Kaczmarek. He did raise $25,000 for Curt’s Pitch for ALS and the Shade Foundation. Sports Science Sometimes an Oxymoron On October 27 the Cardinals broke the string of senior circuit failures in the Fall Classic. Red Sox draftee and All-Star shortstop David Eckstein garnered the World Series MVP honor and former Red Sox pitcher via deadline deal Jeff Suppan managed not to embarrass himself. Both Eckstein and Suppan were both opponents of Missouri’s Amendment 2, which they claimed would enable human cloning. The initiative did allow for somatic cell nuclear transfer, an essential part of stem cell production where a DNA from a...


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