the thread is dead to me ; )
I will pull for the Cards though only because I love the RBC!
The prognosticators had it right about the Cards not earning the Wild Card...how could they based on their record and the records of the front-runners?
When the Cards won the Wild Card spot the prognosticators ranked them next to last for a chance of getting a ring...based on the remote possibility of getting past the Phillies.
Now that the Cards, with and with out the squirrel, got past the Phillies--what will the progsters say on that stunner?
All I can say is, "Underdogs have this uncanny way of defying the logic." VBM said.
Yeah, Tim--It was nice work. The Hal-man essentially shutdown the Card's scoring machine, but The Carp shutout the favorite team in the playoffs...as he worked all NINE against the biggest bats in the line-up in the bottom of the 9th. I know you watched and, like me, probably thought--movie scripts spin these kind of stories because they have to be fiction...starting with the premise that the St. Louis Cardinals are not supposed to be in the playoffs.
Yet they are...and it's exactly why I can't get excited about a Yankee dynasty (with the exception when Tino Martinez played for them...then I was a fan because I had to support my twin brother). I'm for the underdog all the way.
Team sports. Go figure.
If this thread is dead for you...it's very much alive for me and anyone who likes the kind of game that is decided by the last pitch and the last at-bat.
@Tim...my post yesterday has not shown up here yet but is partially posted on my "you" area on RBC as: "The prognosticators had it right about the Cards not earning the Wild Card...how could they based on their record and the records of the front-runners? When the Cards won the Wild Card spot the prognosticators ranked them next to last for a chance…" ,
Just wanted to add how interesting how many MLB commercials are running now featuring players/teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs. NY Yankeesin particular w/A-Rod no less.
The Audi commercial, now showing during the American League Championship Series (ALCS) Baseball Playoffs--featuring a muddied Honus Wagner’s autographed baseball being used as a chew-toy for the family dog is funny and attention getting. But I predict some of the attention Audi will be getting will be unappreciative. Particularly from fanatical baseball fans who may catch the commercial and understand that a baseball god has been disrespected.
In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Wagner as one of the first five members. He received the second-highest vote total, behind Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth. Although Cobb is frequently cited as the greatest player of the dead-ball era, some contemporaries regarded Wagner as the better all-around player, and most baseball historians consider Wagner to be the greatest shortstop ever. Cobb himself called Wagner "maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond.” (Wikipedia)
So for Audi to play its car commercial using Honus Wagner memorabilia in such an interesting but disrespectful way just to sell cars and cap that by the words… “True greatness should never go unrecognized” is insult to injury. A comparable insult would be like throwing the Dead Sea Scrolls into the fireplace for warmth on a chilly night (not really but close).