I was fortunate enough to have attended last night’s game. It was quite an entertaining game. We had great seats in section 248, which are the best seats I’ve ever had in Busch Stadium III. They were behind home plate, the next level up from the field box seats in the Home Redbird Club. You could hear the ball hit the catcher’s mitt and the ball crack the bat. If Joe West had made his calls any louder, we could have heard them too.
Speaking of Joe West, if his strike zone had been any bigger, you could have driven a Mack truck through it. Matt Holliday was right to argue the called strike 3 and the Gameday graphic of his at bat backs him up. Mike Matheny came out to back up Holliday (and hopefully cool him down), but sadly, both of them were ejected. It was also Holliday’s last at-bat, so his on-base streak of 45 games ended with the botched call.
One of the benefits of baseball’s slow pace is that you can check Twitter and Facebook on your smartphone between batters. There were various Joe West memes flooding Twitter and Facebook last night. One of my favorite memes consisted of 2 of the same photos of West ejecting Matheny side by side and in the second photo West’s head is replaced by Grumpy Cat’s head. I think Grumpy Cat would object to that, however, and it might even be copyright infringement. Joe West needs retire for good. There needs to be a definite retirement age for umpires, if there isn’t one already.
There was an amusing play in the fourth inning when three of the Brewers, who were chasing a foul ball hit by Matt Carpenter, and two of them (Segura and Ramirez) tumbled into the third base field box seats. It reminded me of a Cubs play.
Yadi has lost too much weight, I think; he almost looks anorexic. I wonder if the weight loss has affected his hitting. The weight loss is good for his knees, but not for his hitting. His timing is off at the plate. He is swinging at the first pitch too much, although he did a little better today.
And speaking of hitting, where is the offense? Grichuk went 2 for 3. The Cards hit into 3 double plays, and didn’t have a runner in scoring position after the second inning. It would have been nice to have some of those runs from today’s game last night.
Lance Lynn did a masterful job pitching with only 1 run in support, and the BFIB cheered loudly when Matheny took him out and put Kevin Siegrist in. Lynn acknowledged the fans’ love by tipping his hat to us. He certainly is a class act.
Trevor Rosenthal did his usual job of making me a nervous wreck when he pitches. In the bottom of the ninth, there were runners on first and third and only one out. Thankfully, Kolten Wong and Kevin Reynolds turned an excellent double play and the fireworks went off.
Since the son and I took the Metrolink, we didn’t get home until almost 11 PM But we had a good time, even though I was dragging at work today. We had a great time.
Thanks for reading! See you next time!