You jest Rat, but it would be a move that the team would never regret. I could give them a superb 23 years and the beauty for the organization……….I do not need the money, so I’d sign on the dotted line for exactly $1 per year. A 20 year contract for $20…..but they pay all of my expenses on the road.
With food imported from France for every meal?
Shannon is known as the Moon Man, Pugs can be the Moon Pie Man.
Carlos wins 15 games, O’Neill hits 26 homers, NA doesn’t have the type of season he’s accustomed to having.
Funny comments SoCal & Bling! Just whatever Cardinal In France has cooked up for day will do just fine, So Cal. I bet even the Shah of Iran’s wife from back in the day, who used to bath in milk and have her daily dinners flown in from Paris, never ate better than our own Cardinal In France. I know the following is intensely boring, but I like blabbing to you guys every now and then.
Being a baseball announcer(radio) has always been running deep red through my veins. It’s something I’ve always had no doubt that I would excel at. When I was a kid between ages 8-13 going to Brewer games at the old Milwaukee County stadium, I would head off by myself to the sparsely populated upper grandstand reaches with my game program, scorebook, binoculars (to scout out the dugouts in between frames and for seeing who was warming up out in the outfield bullpens) and tape recorder in tow to call the action. Then at home, I would quickly race up to my room to listen and critique my work…..though as much fun as it was, “work” would not be the appropriate word here. Over those years, I bet I called the action live for approximately 80 games. Anyway, I could go on and on here, but shall refrain.
I have an interesting County Stadium story Pugs. Back in 1983, my dad took us on a trip up to southern Wisconsin to visit one of his buddies he served with in Vietnam. We stayed several days, had a bunch of brats brewed in a keg, and one night we all went to a Brewer game and I think they were playing the Twins. We had great seats which were about 15 rows behind the Crew dugout. Now I was 15 years of age and already a diehard Cardinal for at least 10 years so I was sporting a bright read hat with the STL on it. Needless to say that did not go over well with the local Crew fans who had just been dumped in the world series the previous year by our Redbirds. One of the locals, who probably had a few too many Miller Lite’s, started mouthing at me. He was eventually escorted out by the authorities but that was my first experience in a hostile environment. It was good training for my eventual trips to the Wrigley Field bleachers.
gsc…. Being just a squirt and wearing your STL cap into enemy territory, I congratulate you for your braveness and loyalty. Those traits seemingly haven.t waned. Your story sort of reminds me of Elaine with her Orioles cap at Yankee Stadium…. smile face.
STL makes playoffs but not division winner
Arenado Gold Glove
ONeill wins 2nd GG
Gant makes more starts than Mikolas
HR leader will have less than 20HRs for Cards
Being just a squirt and wearing your STL cap into enemy territory, I congratulate you for your braveness and loyalty.
Here here, Nyquist! Total respect to you, Scotty. Especially on the heels of taking them down in the series just a few months earlier. It had to be somewhat comforting though to have a couple combat vets, still in their prime, in your company. Those Brewer fans can get testy. I get a kick out of most of them….. except the jagoffs who loudly cuss. In the heat of the battle, anyone can cut loose with a naughty word every now and then. But every once in awhile you cross paths with a small grouping of hooligans(always drunk) whom bellow out swear word after swear word. At least in Milwaukee, good luck on getting security over anytime soon. I’ll quickly scan who’s sitting around me and if there appears to be some other fellow agitated big dudes in the area, I’ll be the first one to get in their faces about their antics. They always back down. Oh this one night game in Milwaukee vs Cincy a couple years ago….. absolutely terrible……these 4 drunk guys were swearing loudly like sailors a couple rows down from me. As I looked around there were nothing but ladies and…..pardon the word here…..nothing but ladies and total wimps sitting all around us…..no possible reenforcements whatsoever. The guy sitting just to my left was literally shivering with fear everything these guys started their tirade. Two gentlemen in their 90’s….nothing against beanies, but two frail looking guys with some sort of beanies on their heads sitting right next to these yahoos…..oh and this guy about my age sitting down the way wearing a Mets cap and a Brewers jersey with the name “Skippy” on the back……so without any lingering help on the horizon, no way I was going to face off against there brutes. So I just kicked back and tried to block them out the best I could. Finally about 3 innings later, this rather portly looking security chap comes chugging on down to restore order and they all just laughed at him and called him “Porky”. So he gets on his radio and shortly thereafter 2 other guards arrive and started talking to these guys. I don’t know what they said, but whatever it was, it sure did work, as they sat there like church choir boys for the remainder of the game. They even ordered soft drinks instead of beer after being spoken to.
I would head off by myself to the sparsely populated upper grandstand reaches with my game program, scorebook, binoculars
That is a wonderful story. Do you still have some of the recordings? It would be fun to overlay one or two onto a video of that game, and post a few!
My theory is that while you were up in the bleachers, Mr. Baseball was lurking somewhere near and taking pointers from you for his career.
Great post and I agree with all.
I’d do almost anything to get those back, So_Cal. It was one of those crude ancient recorders with the cheap tape….but at the time, it was high tech as far as I was concerned. If only I had saved all 80 individually. I taped over and over them at the time. Another item I wish I had saved was the zillions of baseball and basketball score books I amassed as a kid. I couldn’t watch a game without keeping score. But broadcasting baseball games was my passion. I didn’t want to be around bothering a bunch of people, so that is why I headed for the solitude of the rafters. Looking back, what amazes most is how nobody other than an occasional bored usher, ever checked me out. There I was, a 10 year old kid wearing a Cards cap sitting all by myself having a ball and not a soul sitting within a football field of me. Now days the cameras could/would zoom right in on me. But, setting as much prejudice aside as possible, I think I became a pretty darn good announcer. When I got a little older, for an 8th grade English project at Richards Elementary in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, under the tutelage of Mrs. Hoffman, a fellow classmate and I did the PBP for a Brewers-Orioles game at Milwaukee Co. Stadium. Needless to say it was a “hit”. At the risk of sounding snooty, I hear these collegiate and minor league radio announcers and am shocked by a good number of their unappealing styles. Even at the professional level, much much improvement can be had. Critiquing myself, I would have to be paired with someone oozing with knowledge of the game….like almost any one of you guys here at The Cardinal Nation, as I am not where I should be with the intricacies of the game. But I would keep the listeners interested and amused with the call of the action…..that I know. When broadcasting a baseball game it’s imperative that the listener feels warm and fuzzy inside…..I know it sounds corny, but that’s it in a nutshell.
1. Carp and Bader will be traded.
2. Schildt will allow a pitcher to start the 8th inning at least 2x before the all star break.
3. Busch Stadium will be filled with fans that have a pulse before the all star break.
4. Cmart will remain in the rotation for the entire season.
5. Goldy, Nolan, DeJong will each bat over 300, 20+ Homers, and over 80+ rbis .
6. Flaherty will have the lowest era but not the most wins. Cmart will have the most wins with 18, because he’ll have the most run support.
Some great picks there, David!
Anyone else with some last minute BOLD predictions before the year starts??
Flaherty has another blah first half, then dominates during second half but can’t get to 20 or under 3.0 era
Carpenter has a “serious” back issue that puts him on DL near start of May. Mo keeps saying he’ll be back in 6 weeks but no go.
Nolan plays great defense, hits .260 and 25 HR.
Goldschmidt come on with .290, 25hr.
Edman hits .270 but steals 30 bases
Carlson ends up at .270, 15. Explodes following year.
Cards make it to postseason at 86-76 but don’t advance.
O’Neil at .235 at leads team with 27 dongs.
Molina has 2 stays on DL.
But I would keep the listeners interested and amused with the call of the action…..that I know.
Twitch.tv is made for you. I don’t know how it’s done, but I see people adding there commentary over all kinds of sports. I watch three or four free snooker channels.
A YouTube game would probably be safest, since Google owns them. You have a ready audience!
Joc Pederson of the Cubs wins the NL homerun title with 50. And the NL MVP.
Arenado is a slight disappointment.
Same old Tyler O’Neil.
Woodford gets more starts than PDL
Helsley will have the lowest ERA and WHIP out of the BP
Goldschmidt leads team in BA ARP/MAY. Nogowski most HRs APR/MAY
ARondon and Moroff lead the organization with most miles traveled between AAA and Cards.
I know this is after the start of the season but I predict Waino will have more Cy Young votes than Flaherty this year.
I predict Waino will have more Cy Young votes than Flaherty this year.
More wins and quality starts as well.