I've always felt like St. Louis is my home away from home. It felt right to be there, and now that I'm back in Michigan, I miss being in STL already.
What I saw this past weekend was a tale of two games. Saturday's game, in short, was one to forget.
Carp didn't pitch bad, but he wasn't exactly himself. It wouldn't have been too bad, I don't think, if it wasn't for terrible defense (and an awful lineup). I am scared every single time a baseball comes Stav's way in the outfield, much like I'm scared of KMac out of the 'pen every time. His walkup song, however, sounded cool on the speakers. And also, Tony should not play Greene at 2nd. Greene is best at short. There were few bright spots in the game, but the surprise of them was Jason LaRue going 3 for 3, including a solo homer. It was also nice to see Albert hit one out, even when the game was long over. I was very confused when Tony made all those lineup changes in the 9th, having to keep checking the scoreboard in right-center on who played what and where. I'd figured that Miles would play again on Sunday after he got a hit, and I was hoping to be wrong.
Sunday, on the other hand, couldn't have been much of a better game. I bought a Waino shersey at Union Station when I came into town the previous day, hoping to see a gem. What I saw was exactly that.
The lineup was much better than Saturday - Raz was in center, Jay in right, Schu at 2nd, and the hot-hitting Tyler Greene at short instead of Boog. Waino looked dominant from the get-go. The offense had Yovani Gallardo's number from the start. A fielding error got the Cards on the board in the 1st, and from there it was all St. Louis. The Cards scored 5 in the third, with Waino's 3-run double being the big hit of the inning (and he got the stadium fired up - it was the loudest the crowd had been for the two games). One of the weekend highlights for me was seeing Jon Jay's homer in the 8th. I have always liked the way Jay plays, and I hope Tony gives him a chance while Luddy is out. The best highlight, though, was seeing the crowd stand for the final out, and the reaction after Fielder struck out to end the game. Up until yesterday, I'd never seen a complete game, and I'm glad that Waino did it.
All in all, it was a good weekend. Sunday's game was obviously much better than Saturday's, and it felt good to be back in the Lou after 4 years. It was good to be home, and I hope to return next summer. There is no town like St. Louis, Missouri, and there is no heaven like Baseball Heaven.