A (mostly) Super Saturday
Sun, 13 Oct 2013 01:47:58 GMT —
What a great day Saturday was.
A morning rain (we needed it) was replaced by sunshine, crystal-blue skies and temps in the low 70s.
A perfect day to sit inside.
A perfect day to watch TV, look out the window and think how perfect it is outside.
A perfect day to get the mail and head right back inside.
I love fall.
The theme of this day was S-T-L ... Z-O-U! Enjoy these days, they don't happen very often.
Weather or not.
This was a day when the St. Louis Cardinals won a doubleheader to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Game One of Saturday's twinbill ended at 12:24 a.m. It may have been Friday night in our brain, but it was early Saturday morning in our reality.
Carlos Beltran --- who's had more big hits than Carlos Santana --- sent us to bed with sweet dreams, as his RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Dodgers.
Go crazy folks, go crazy!
Beltran also drove in the team's other two runs with a double in third inning, and threw out the potential game-winning run at the plate in the 10th.
This guy's better in the clutch than James Bond. No gadgets required, thanks.
Beltran's postseason slugging percentage after that game was .761, the best in baseball history. Even better than some guy named Babe Ruth.
Albert who? (I heard Albert hurt his foot, by the way, when he stubbed his toe on a sack full of gold bricks. This has not been confirmed.)
More on Albert to come.
Before we get to Game Two of this doubleheader sweep, let's look at the meat in this Saturday Sports Sandwich for Missouri fans --- the first piece of bread was just on the plate for about 10 1/2 hours before we applied the meat.
The Tigers went down to Georgia, they were looking for a soul to steal. Oh, wait, never mind. This was, however, almost a religious experience.
No. 25 Missouri didn't just go to No. 7 Georgia and win, they beat them like Bad Dawgs who had a bad accident on your new carpet.
Missouri 41, Georgia 26.
It was Missouri's first road win against a Top 10 team in more than 32 years, when the Tigers won at Mississippi State on Oct. 3, 1981. Remember that game? Me neither.
The last time it happened was 10 years before Marcus Murphy was born. Murphy turned 22 on, oddly enough, Oct. 3.
"It feels good ... we like this feeling," said Murphy, who rushed for a team-high 57 yards and a touchdown. "We played hard from start to finish and we came out and dominated.
"The only thing better than being 5-0 is being 6-0."
After the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1 SEC) took an early 7-0 lead, the Tigers had touchdown drives of 79, 52 and 75 yards, before Michael Sam returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown --- giving the Tigers two touchdowns in 10 seconds.
Missouri (6-0, 2-0) led 28-10 at the half and after Georgia cut the lead to 28-26, the Tigers scored the last two touchdowns and had two late interceptions to seal the deal.
"These guys battle ... this is a special group of guys and I'm proud of them," MU coach Gary Pinkel said. "I think we we earned a little more respect, it just went up a couple notches."
Senior quarterback James Franklin threw for 170 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score. But here's where the (mostly) Super Saturday comes in --- he left with 10:35 left in the game with an injury to his right shoulder, the same shoulder that put him on the sidelines much of last season.
It's a separated shoulder and Franklin will be out "a while," Pinkel said.
This is not good news, Tiger fans, as Missouri gets set to host a fabulous three-game homestand --- Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.
But then came the final piece of this Super Saturday, Game 2 of the NLCS. The Gateway Arch may have dozed off by the end of Game 1, but it was glistening in its full glory on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
I asked my friends on Facebook if they had any thoughts on this sports day, and they responded in waves.
I will share a few.
From my friend Jim: "Thank you Albert. Your compensatory pick was a WONDERFUL parting gift."
When the Cardinals lost Pujols to the Angels, they received Michael Wacha for compensation. He's 22, he's healthy, and he's good.
Wacha allowed just one hit in both of his previous two starts, but had an off-day Saturday --- he surrendered five hits. But once again, no runs in the Cardinals' 1-0 win.
Said Cathy: "It's Wach-tober!"
I love clever people.
The only run came in the fifth, when David Freese doubled, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on Jon Jay's sacrifice fly.
It wasn't really a "Go crazy, folks" moment --- unless your favorite play is a sacrifice fly --- but it proved to be the difference.
Wacha is 22 and a rookie. The Cards also trotted out Kevin Siegriest (24, rookie), Carlos Martinez (22, rookie) and closer Trevor Rosenthal (23, rookie) in Game 2.
They all throw around 100 mph. I've said it before and I'll say it again --- the Cardinals have more young guns than a street gang.
The Dodgers have the apparent Rookie of the Year in Yasiel Puig. We'll take our rookies, thank you very much --- Puig was 0-for-4 in Game 2 with four strikeouts. In two games, he's 0-for-10 with six strikeouts.
Now, up 2-0, the Cardinals head to Los Angeles with Adam Wainwright on the mound in Game 3 on Monday night. By Cardinal standards, Wainwright is old --- he's 32. But if you haven't been paying attention, he's pretty good.
But that is then, this is now --- and what a day it was. A day to remember. S-T-L ... Z-O-U!
Said Andrea: "It was awesomesauce!"
I'm not really sure what that means, but I couldn't agree more.