What I Mean When I Talk About the Cardinals

i_love_albert.jpgDizzy Dean. Stan Musial. Bob Gibson. Ozzie Smith. Albert Pujols. Some of those names still strike fear in the heart of Tigers’ fans. And for good reason. Gibson almost single-handedly won the 1968 World Series for the Cards. Dizzy Dean pretty much did several years earlier. And Albert Pujols? Well, whether I like it or not there’s no denying that he is the most dominant force in the game today.

Interleague play has kind of done away with the idea of a true AL-NL rivalry but for teams that may not share a city, a state or a league, Detroit and St. Louis have created a memorable rivalry. The sad fact of the matter, though, is that the Tigers usually come out on the losing end of that competition. Somehow the Cards just find a way to win the close games and the games that matter.

The most recent meaningful matchup, the 2006 World Series, had the Tigers almost all but certain to blow away the lowly Cards who limped into the playoffs barely over .500. But just like they had done all season, the Cards found a way to win and walked off with the real hardware when it was all said and done.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this. Jeff, I know this is late but your team won and proved again that when it matters, be it the World Series or an interleague series, you have the better team. So here it is, the picture I promised. I won’t say I’m proud of it but I will say that I’m good on my word.

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-A

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I will be away for the next couple weeks. I may pop in from time to time as I can but be nice to Jeff as he holds down the fort. And don’t forget to send us your filibuster questions!

8 Comments

Who doesn’t love Albert? Oh yeah… Cubs fans.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Who doesn’t love Albert? Oh yeah, of course… Cubs fans.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

That will NOT be me in a Yankees hat…that will not be me in Yankees hat….that will not…..You get the picture!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

That sure looks like some makeshift Cardinals gear there, Allen. But I guess the bet didn’t specify the quality or authenticness of the gear. ;^)
Jeff – Remember to insert a quality/quantity clause in the next bet…I think we were all expecting a real Cards jersey/tshirt and a real Cards cap…not a red cap with what looks to be the back of a coaster with a painted on SL stuck to it.
:^)
–Jonestein
http://jonestein.mlblogs.com/

Even I love Albert….he is awesome! Just want to give him a hug :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Jonestein, you ain’t a kiddin’. I will have a follow-up/slam here later today. He’ll rue the day!
–Jeff

No matter how make shift it looks, Red suits you Allen, maybe you should think about giving your undying devotion to the Cards. :-) Well, maybe not that extreme, although I’m glad you wore a tie that matches!
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Allen, how much did you pay that guy to put on the hat and sit in your chair?

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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