The Boston Red Sox: Defenders of the 2004 World Championship!! "Whoever plunges into his experiences with the momentum of hope, will remember so that he cannot forget." - Soren Kierkegaard.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

I miss St. Louis. It's weird how you can be away from a city for years and years and drive down streets and boulevards that have been vastly overdeveloped since you quit living there at age 9 but still somehow recognize things - still somehow know that you're home.
The low, hazy skies of St. Louis and the Gateway Arch.Posted by Hello

The field at Busch Stadium. There was an hour long rain delay due to a passing thunderstorm. Posted by Hello

Left field with the Arch looming in the distance. Posted by Hello

Tarp finally off, skies clear, people seated - not a bad ballpark, huh? I saw my first game here when I was about 5. This is the view from our seats in the right field bleachers. Posted by Hello

Busch Stadium at night as we were leaving. Cards won 4-3 (I think. Or maybe it was 5-4.) In any case, Pujols hit a walk-off homer that we didn't see because we had to leave early. And I had to watch Suppan pitch AGAIN (2nd time this season.) I think it's some sort of pennance for having bitched about him so much last year. Posted by Hello

Sox took 2 out of 3 from the D-Bags, but I don't have any specifics since we were away all week. This Nomar thing is getting a little bit ridiculous...I wish everyone would just let it die. Stop picking the scabs.
And my man Bellhorn is on the DL with a broken thumb! This is just untenable. I just sort of get the sense that the season is on some sort of long, slow Trail of Tears at the end of which is a very early exit from the playoffs. But I will still watch. There will still be Ortiz blasting home runs, Pedro striking out chumps, Johnny Damon making diving catches, and Manny Ramirez sitting in the dugout looking like he slept in his uniform on a dirty mattress under a highway overpass next to a cozy, crackling campfire lit in a metal garbage can. Unfortunately there will be no more post-error closeups of Bellhorn's sweaty face looking like Martin Sheen in the closing scenes of "Apocalypse Now." Incidentally, can't you picture Bellhorn getting totally shitfaced and doing karate moves on the mirror in his hotel room in his briefs and then sleeping with a gun on his nightstand a la "Apocalypse Now" as well? Go ahead, imagine it. It's funny.