It was DeJa Freese all over again… sort of

    David Freese
    June18/ 2017

    Same Busch Stadium. Same local boy from nearby Wildwood. Same late inning heroics. But it is doubtful the 47,000+ in Busch Stadium last night will remember last night forever and ever. It was DeJa Freese all over again almost. David Freese that is.

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    Not nearly the tension and pressure this time as it was back in October 2011. It seems like yesterday. For every St. Louis Cardinals fan on this planet and really for every casual baseball fan who was tuned in that fateful night, it will forever simply be “Game Six”.

    One can’t say “Game Six” without including the name David Freese in close proximity. If you are compelled to add the phrase “maybe, just maybe THE most exciting baseball game EVER” you get no argument from me, no siree.

    I put Game Seven 1960 World Series Pirates vs Yankees…. The Bill Mazeroski Walk-off a frog hair behind Game Six 2016. Bill Mazeroski was not “a local boy”. David Freese was.

    Game Six – 1985 Royals versus Cardinals – 1985 a/k/a Don Denlkinger’s Blown Call is in my Top Five All Time too. Not in Whitey Herzog’s however.

    That October 2011 night, St. Louis’ very own David Freese fulfilled every kid’s wiffle ball dream. It still sends goosebumps all over this correspondent’s body. David Freese’s HOLIEST of COWs moment was as good as baseball can get.

    Last night was one game in a season not going particularly well for either club. The NL Central rivals play nineteen times. I don’t know how they stand so far this season.

    “How the Cardinals lost last night” was kind of typical because they did lose in the last three innings which they do a lot this season.

    Jose Martinez and Paul DeJong hit “dingers” to excite the 47,000+… but alas and alack ‘tweren’t enough to prevent Living Legend David Freese and a pony-tailed hippie dude named John Jaso from spoiling the night for the local ball club…. Final Score: Pitts – 5 / Our Guys – 4.

    Jaso hit the winning homer in the top of the 9th off Cards closer Seung- hwan Oh. Jaso was not the first opponent to do that this year off Oh, for those of you keeping stats on such things.

    This being Oh’s free agent year, one assumes Oh’s agent muttered an invective… as did a lot of Cardinals fans.

    It was Living Legend David Freese who tied it up for the visiting Corsairs in the 8th off Trevor Rosenthal. Baseball is “a game of inches” as are a lot of sports. Golf in particular. Rosenthal did not “get the call” on a very very close pitch prior to Freese lacing a single to right to tie it up.

    Will David Freese ALWAYS be a hero to Cardinal fans? He sure will be to this Cardinals fan.

    But 11:00 PM EDT last night I, and you too probably, muttered an invective along with Oh’s agent. It was Deja Freese all over again sort of…


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      2 years ago

      Baseball…Baseball…Baseball…Poetry or Prose or Stream of Consciousness…Katy Casey was baseball mad, Had the fever and had it bad. Just to root for the home town crew. every sou Katie blew…No joy in Mudville…Dick Young…Tommy Holmes…Lou Smith…Bob Broeg…Si Burick…Dizzy Dean…Buddy Blattner…Waite Hoyt…Red Barber…Bert Wilson…Don Brickhouse…Mel Allen…Vin Scully…Harry Carey…Harry Heilman…Bob Prince,,,Claude Sullivan…Bob Elson,,.Crosley…Rupert…
      Ebbetts…Mack…Senior Circuit…Junior Circuit…Big Leaguer…PCL…American Association…International League…Sally League…Texas League…Southern Association…PONY League…Eastern League…North Carolina League…
      Western Carolina League…Three-Eye-League…Western League…Western
      Association…Central League…Mountain States League…KITTY League…
      Tri-State League…Piedmont League…score card…Shaughnessy Playoffs…
      George Halas…Paul Brown…Adolph Rupp…Johnny Wooden…Dean Smith…
      Vince Lombardi…Bob Knight…Bob Griese…Paul Bryant…Joe Paterno…George
      Gipp…Knute Rockne. Forty-eight states and everyone a baseball state.

      Baseball players come from every size town, city, village, and farm. A recipient of
      the Heisman Trophy played on the same American Legion Junior Baseball team as one of the greatest pitchers of all time: Niles Kinnick and Bob Feller in Iowa.

      The NFL built up a following by becoming as gambling league. Pete Rozelle was a genius. Many books have been published on the subjects, some written by
      players. For what reason do you think teams must announce injury situations by Wednesday. I was raised on the Bears and Packers. I watched a championship
      game at the State Fair Grounds in West Allis, Wisconsin. Los Angeles Rams had
      12,000 season ticket holders filling the Coliseum. The Dodgers had 42,000 season ticket holders filling Dodger Stadium.

      Jim Murray asked the question, “How many people would buy a ticket for one Dodger game a year against the Giants and the Boppers?”

      Remember the days of your youth when you spent hours at the local park playing pick-up baseball games? A ball, a bat, gloves, and if you were lucky
      to have a catcher…St. Louis had many variations of baseball which I carried to
      Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Southern Indiana, and Southern California: Indian Ball was most popular, followed by Tenny Ball, Bunt Ball, and Cork Ball.
      All are still popular in those locals.

      New York City and State are to baseball what Indiana was to basketball, and steel and coal country was to football. Vinny. the Fordham Flash, the Iron Horse, Joe McCarthy, Mugsy McGraw, Hammering Hank, Sandy, Jimmy Collins, Eddie Collins, Yaz, Billy Jurges, the Scooter, Rocky, Whitey, Yankees, Dodgers, Giants, Newark, Jersey City, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and on and on and on.

      “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

      St. Louis became New York West when Sam Breadon came out from New York City. If you have not heard TMOthBG sung in St. Louis, you have not heard it sung. That is where Harry Carey learned and took it up to the White Sox and then the Cubs to turn it into a comedy show.

      When it is sung along with the SLSO, it is heavenly whether at the Ball Park or in a local park concert or at the Zoo.

      Meet Me in St. Louie, the Missouri Waltz, and TMO are traditional at the Ball Park, as are simple score-cards with fans actually keeping score on them and then keeping them at home forever.

      Let me give the devil his due. I speak of Pete Rose. Pete is a no-good scoundrel. We have never seen eye-to-eye, He could never play on my Legion team as he was a foul mouthed, skipping school, river rat, A person who knew him made that observation at a Reds game when Pete played. His brother promptly beat the kajeebers out of the man.

      That being said, I never knew an athlete who got more out his talent. Knowing Pete and his faults, never would I believe that he bet on a Reds game to lose, especially as a manager. It was not in his DNA. His father, Big Pete, was one of the finest men, an extraordinary ordinary man, whom Pete adored. If every major leaguer who bet on baseball games were kicked out of baseball, the dugouts would be empty when the team was on the field.

      Pete has often spoken of the four better ballplayers at the time of his prep for MLB. Sonny Detmer was one of them. His dad worked for Sonny’s mother at Fifth-Third Bank.

      Do I believe he should be in the HOF? Absolutely! Would I have him for dinner? Only if we used paper plates and plastic flatware.

      Will David always be a hero? As will every other Cardinal, hero or not.

      I got just as much a thrill with more tears when Kirk hit the homer against Eckersly at Dodger Stadium. Never, for me, has any inning topped the Cardinal eighth.

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