The St. Louis Cardinals know how to cool off and celebrate…with ELECTROLYTES! Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Cubs have been keeping up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, but this weekend’s series will be a different beast. The pinstriped side from the Central’s cellar will be more than a despised rival on Friday, they look to become casualties of the Cardinals march to the post-season.
The Cubbies have gone 7-9 versus the Redbirds this season. That nearly even record illustrates how well Chicago plays versus their I-55 foe. But there is a magical number now, and closure should be in the form of a hometown celebration with hoppy St. Louis water and chilly champagne. Friday night would be the perfect time to pop bottles since Saturday is a late game, unlike Sunday.
All of St. Louis (ball club, fans, businesses) would greatly benefit from a game 1 victory, then the weekend would be focused on resting up for the playoffs and speculation galore.
It is true that Chicahhgo could win all 3 games under the Arch this weekend and force STL back to the torturous do or die wildcard game. It is also true that the Detroit Tigers could be on their way to becoming the Buffalo Bills of baseball. But hypotheticals and streaks are often disproven, just like the Atlanta Braves in the 90′s or the St. Louis Blues, some day.
The MLB schedule gods predicted a big end of the year at Busch by setting up this classic rivalry for late September. But even the powerful wizards that create maze-like seasons cannot foretell how the final battle for bragging rights and the crown of the almighty National League Central will play out.
The only certainties are that the Cards will be planning next week and the Cubbies will be hoping for next year.
MM wrote it down and took a picture of it. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas grew up wonderful Clayton, Missouri where Cardinals sing, and Busch is both a frosty beverage and a place to watch baseball. He moved to New York City in 2000 where he studied English at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and went to Yankees and Mets games. After teaching at St. Francis for one year, he moved to Shanghai where he continued teaching and coaching tennis. After five years outside of the US, he now lives with his lovely wife in sunny Oakland, California.