It is just a game, played mostly by kids. But it can build cultural bridges and breaks through language barriers. It’s played everywhere in the western hemisphere and has thriving, competitive, and profitable leagues in places like Japan and Korea. In this scribes, humble opinion—it’s Americas greatest export. I “watched” the game from the fourth inning until the top of the ninth on twitter. Until I could pick it up on our car radio. We were traveling for a birthday party to Sikeston, Missouri.
It’s been a fantastic start to the 2014 playoffs. It was nice to see the Pittsburg Pirates back in the post-season, although they were eliminated early by the San Francisco Giants. The Lefty Madesen Bumgardner pitched a fantastic play-in-game, a recent development in Major League Baseball’s playoff structure.
The other play-in-game the Small market Royals of Kansas Citizens as labeled by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. A joke I got, but one that wasn’t great. What was great was seeing a guy from New York so excited about the game, our game. It was a fantastic game. The Kansas City Royals came from behind to win in extra innings against the Oakland Athletics and last night did it again against the Las Angeles Angels. They now lead the series heading back to Kansas City, Missouri. We’re a proud state for a brief moment. We’re hoping for an I-70 Series 2.0 here in Missouri.
Only 3 states have ever held 2 team in a World Series:
New York (multiple subway series always involving the Yankees)
California (Oakland twice)
Missouri (St. Louis twice)
In terms of baseball, we Missourians, have progressed.
If I-70 2.0 occurs, the Cards would have three and the Royals two. Like in regards to the Yankees and the number of World Series titles; the Cardinals would be alone in Yankee country.
Game one in LA was intense, immediately. Nah… Wainwright didn’t intentionally hit Yasiel Puig to start the inning. As pointed out by the always level beat writer Bernie Miklazs:
@miklasz: This is just stupid. Yeah, Wainwright wanted to hit Puig to lead off inning, and work into another jam, and further jack up pitch count.
It really is ridiculous. A theory by underground upstart Dan Buffa is the Dodgers are hot about last years series between the two teams. However, this series became epic, when the very next batter Adrian Gonzalez had words with St. Louis catcher Yadeir Molina. A ruckus ensued. Best described by Derrick Goold:
@goold: OK, I’m going to say it, because someone has to … That was Mickey Mouse. #dodgers #cardinals #stlcards #nlds
Photo via Matt Sebek
It lit the fuse, for both teams.
Initially, the Dodgers jumped out to a 6-1 lead, with Clayton Kershaw throwing for the Dodgers. Suffice to say, many St. Louis fans stopped watching, but quickly return by the 7th inning. Where the cardinals regained a 7-6 lead off a series of hits and bases clearing double by Chris Carpenter.
Later, Matt Holiday hit a 3 run Home run—but then the man pictured arguing with Yadier Molina, the Dodgers first basemen Adrian Gonzlez hit a two run blast. Making it 10-8.
In the ninth, the Dodgers had the winning run at the plate, Yasiel Puig, who ultimately struck out.
It was a great game. Baseball, Americas finest export and the baseball specifically coming out of Missouri, is certainly top shelf.
Should be another terrible year for Cardinal post season haters, who were addressed by St. Louis’s Mayor Francis Slay in the Wall Street Journal. Which found criticism of its own for Chad Garrison, an editor from the River Front Times:
@chadgarrison: Sorry #fgs, but really? “8 Things #STL is Sorry for Per @MayorSlay Weird Defense of @Cardinals” http://t.co/Ifgz77FzAy
Why in the holy hell would he have a problem with the mayors defense of the city? Well that’s beyond me and not about baseball.
Today’s should be another good game.