Play Ball


Scott Rolen was stretching, the weather was cooperating, the fans were on their way, and the start of Game 4 was on for 8:27 p.m. ET. Starting lineups are being announced as I’m typing this, white towels are waving like mad, so this is not going to be a re-enactment of the 1911 six days of rain after all. It wasn’t looking good for a while. The heavy soaker will arrive close to midnight locally tonight and then is forecasted to vamoose hopefully around 4-ish on Friday. All systems point to no further rainouts here, but then we’ll turn our attention to that Detroit weekend weather.

Now the attention shifts back to scoring for a while instead of meteorological matters. Here is the thing that sticks out most to me: In the combined three games, the Tigers have scored three runs in the first inning, and then they have one run in the fifth and one run in the ninth. The Cardinals failed to score in only the first and fifth innings. The big question right now isn’t about the rain tonight (although it definitely will be if this becomes a marathon extra-innings affair), but whether Detroit can start hitting.

It’s always a good day at the ballpark when you see this man around the field. Red Schoendienst, still a special member of the Cards’ coaching staff, is amazingly a link to the Redbirds’ 1946 world champions. Sixty years later, he’s helping the club prepare during another one. That’s a living legend around these parts, and he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.


No, Scott Spiezio did not shave the Cardinal Soul patch during the rainout. You still see the velcro versions on the chins of fans everywhere here.


That’s Bill Findley in the background during B.P. The Cardinals’ head groundskeeper is mentioned in the story I wrote for about the weather outlook, and he is just hoping the estimated 16-hour band of steady rain that starts late tonight will disappear as forecast by sometime around 5 p.m. ET. on Friday. Findley said the key will be keeping the field as dry as possible during the heavy soaker, but it’s a given that this field is going to take on a massive amount of moisture. My understanding is that new Busch’s drainage will be up for it, but all will be staying tuned…


OK, it’s National Anthem time. Here’s a last look at B.P. Apologies to Tiger fans for the paucity of pregame Detroit shots, but your friendly blogger was writing about the weather at that point. It’s amazing how much you enjoy seeing players on the field in any capacity after a rainout like that. Play ball.


Tomorrow is Game 5 of the 2006 World Series. The way starting pitchers have dominated so far in this series, it would be interesting if someone makes a bid to match what happened in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. The actual anniversary has long passed since that was on Oct. 8 of that year and we played three rounds these days. But it’s something to keep an eye on. No one ever has thrown a no-hitter in a World Series before or since. It will be Justin Verlander vs. Jeff Weaver.


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