How They Spent Their Night Off
The World Series was postponed due to rain last night. How did everyone spend their day off?
Josh Hamilton: Don’t ask him about that.
Rally Squirrel: Went nuts.
Tony La Russa: Went out to dinner with Albert Pujols and Allen Craig. First, Tony ordered the pasta primavera for everyone, but when they brought it out, he claimed he asked for gnocchi, and the waiter’s pen had malfunctioned. The gnocchi hadn’t been warmed up yet, so Tony ordered garlic bread as an appetizer. Before the hungry Pujols could dig in, La Russa ordered Craig to take restaurant silverware, and put it in his jacket. The maitre’d caught Craig stealing, and all three cardinals were thrown out of the restaurant. A crestfallen Pujols nevertheless refused to blame La Russa for “taking the fork out of his hands.”
Mike Napoli: Ate all the food the Cardinals left behind at the restaurant.
Lance Berkman: Laid back on the couch like a big, fat pig and watched a movie.
Michael Young: Tried to help straighten out his house, but his wife noticed him reading old newspapers instead of recycling them, He also got distracted midway through mopping the kitchen, and started playing video games instead. Eventually, his wife - but not Ron Washington - decided that Young simply wasn’t suited to cleanup.
David Freese: Chilled out.
Ron Washington: Double-checked his Game Six lineup card - and his hairstyle - with Little Ron Washington.
Game 5 by the Numbers
Allen Craig minor league stolen bases: 14 (in 517 games)
Allen Craig stolen bases major league stolen bases: 5 (119 games)
Allen Craig post-season stolen base attempts before tonight: 0
Allen Craig stolen base attempts tonight: 2
Years since a player was thrown out stealing twice in one World Series game: 56
Times Albert Pujols was batting when Allen Craig was thrown out: 2
Number of home runs Albert Pujols hit two nights ago: 3
Chance that Allen Craig scores from second base on a home run: 100%
Chance that Allen Craig scores from first base on a home run: 100%
Number of times Tony La Russa has changed relievers to get the platoon advantage: 287,000 (approximation)
Increase in Mike Napoli’s OPS vs. left-handed pitchers: 113 points
Number of St. Louis pitchers in the eighth inning: 4
Number of working phones in the St. Louis bullpen: 0
Likelihood that a person would confuse the names “Motte” and “Lynn” over the phone: 2%
I’m not saying the eighth inning of Cardinals-Phillies took a long time, but…
…my friend John just said, “I ran to the store to buy bread and i missed one batter.”