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#1 Clementine

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 01:42 AM

My father is a farm boy from the hills of Kentucky. Learned how to play baseball but never paid much attention to the Big Leagues while he was growing up.

In October of 1944 my father was a young soldier on leave in Paris. He was going into a "beer joint" as he calls them and bumped into a guy he knew. The guy said he'd bet my dad $5 the Browns would beat the Cardinals in the World Series. Dad didn't much care one way or the other but he said his leave was almost over and he wouldn't have anywhere to spend his money when he went back so he figured, why not?

Well, the Cardinals beat the Browns and a lifelong Cardinals fan was born. Dad's pretty pleased to see them make it to the World Series again this year.

So I hope they win this one for my dad!

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#2 Biak

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:27 AM

I hope he enjoys the Series !
I on the other hand have to put up with a cousin telling me his Son is taking him to Game Two tomorrow night !! Right-Center field seats.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:04 PM

Being a few hundred yards from St. Louis County colors my perceptions a bit, but that's nothing new. I was born in Missouri, in 1951, and my mother demanded a color TV set to watch the Cards play in the 1967 series. (First ball over the plate in game one went over the fence.)

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:58 PM

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:43 AM

Hope your Dad is enjoying the show tonight!! I'm thinking about starting a thread of "Why I hate My Cousin"! I found out he is sitting in the Coca-Cola Scoreboard Patio.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 12:57 PM

Right up until the 9th inning! :(

Too bad your cousin didn't have a sign that said, "I am Biak's cousin." Then I could have identified him.

(The one problem with that thread might be that everyone would join in with their "Why I Hate My Cousin" stories and then it would degenerate into a confession of dysfunctional family stories. It could get ugly.)

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 02:36 PM

Right up until the 9th inning! :(

Too bad your cousin didn't have a sign that said, "I am Biak's cousin." Then I could have identified him.

(The one problem with that thread might be that everyone would join in with their "Why I Hate My Cousin" stories and then it would degenerate into a confession of dysfunctional family stories. It could get ugly.)


Oh yeah! Especially since I had just given him my TaylorMade "Burner Bubble" Driver and this is how he repays me! Actually he isn't that bad a guy. He always seems to fit me in for a day of fishing when we're "back Home" where he; 'guides' me, provides the boat, bait, rods and reels, finds the fish, Cleans the fish, wraps the fish and on occasion even has fried up a batch for Supper.
At least it was an exciting game at the end!

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 03:08 PM

I saw them in St Louis in 1987 , this is just before they moved to Phoenix I believe. I remember Johny Tudor , I still have their vintage 1987 T-shirt from St Louis as a relic.

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:00 PM

I saw them in St Louis in 1987 , this is just before they moved to Phoenix I believe. I remember Johny Tudor , I still have their vintage 1987 T-shirt from St Louis as a relic.


Aren't you confusing the St.Louis Cardinals baseball team with the Phoenix Arizona NFL team of the same name? Those NFL Arizona Cardinals are really well traveled, they started in Chicago, moved to St. Louis for a long run and then to Arizona.

The baseball team remains in St. Louis.
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 04:34 PM

Yes, I mean the baseball team. Didn't know there was a NFL team with the same name. My mistake, for us Europeans it's all the same. :D

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:16 PM

Yep, our baseball Cardinals are still in St. Louis.

(Which is an easy drive for me. I'm just sayin,' Biak, you know, in case your cousin has tickets to any more of the games and needs someone to go with him!)

And I could have done with just a little less excitement, thank you very much!
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Posted 21 October 2011 - 07:33 PM

Actually I also saw the football team while they were still in St Louis, I even have pics of the game

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 11:46 PM

Sorry Clem but I think it was a one-time deal for the cousin. Although one never knows. He must be sulking because I haven't heard from him since. I'll call him tomorrow and get the 'low-down' on the game from his perspective. I'll also let him know about you being available. Umm, maybe I'll word it a little differently.
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:36 AM

Yes, thank you. You could tell him I'm desperate (to see the Cardinals in the World Series), but somehow that doesn't sound right either.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:59 AM

I'll be sure to tell him you're desperate AND available ! Better change the subject; So.......,
How about those Cardinals eh'? Expecting to see Pujols smack a couple of homers tomorrow as redemption.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 04:26 AM

as im just out side joplin, i have to admit i prefer the royals lol! but hey i'll take the cards over anyone else, hehe.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:33 AM

Side note: Baseball is the only popular American sport on TV in Taiwan. (Gad, I miss FOOTBALL!)
Maybe Clementine would like to come on over to Taiwan to view a live game at the stadium near my home... it's a whole lot of fun.
I'm sure I can find a respectable unmarried gentleman to assist her in solving her "available and desperate" issues... with some good seats, that is.
I'll just circulate her pic, and they'll be taking numbers and standing in line when she arrives at the airport. haha

Clem, what's your favorite position? Uh... playerwise, I mean! :D

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:13 PM

It is so good to see I'm in good company with other Cardinal Fans ! BTW, that makes you some of the best Fans in baseball.

Side note, my uncle that was KIA in WW2 and his brother were scouted and the Cards tried to sign them in 1939. They both stayed working on the local farms because they made more money than signing. Timing Is Everything !!

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:05 PM

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:34 AM

It's 9:34pm and it is not what I'd call "less exciting".

edit@ 9:43 it jumped another notch ! Pujols did what I expected. Once.

edit@10:14 What I'd tell ya' Clem !! :) Pujols did what I expected. Twice.

edit@ 11:02 Oh now this is getting ridiculous! Pujols did what I didn't expect! Three times ? !!

Boring!

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#21 Colonel FOG

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:15 AM

Hmmm... a play-by-play thread?
Just to keep this on a forum topic...
Who won the World Series in 1942 (during WW2), and who was the MVP for the Cardinals that year?
Who won the World Series in 1943 (during WW2), and who was the MVP for the Cardinals that year?
Who won the World Series in 1944 (during WW2), and who was the MVP for the Cardinals that year?

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 12:22 AM

The world series is still going on? I thought they cancelled that when Detroit lost.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:32 AM

@luketdrifter - I think you have it backwards... It seems that, due to economic concerns, they have cancelled Detroit! Not just the team, the whole frickin' city! ACK!

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 03:15 AM

Colonel you have just summed up my entire political belief system.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 11:31 AM

When I was at Purdue I had a prof. from there. He used to say, "I'm from Detroit! We kill each other for parking places!"

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