Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Red October

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Cards Victory Parade 1

There was a huge championship parade for the Cardinals downtown on Sunday afternoon. The police estimated that over a hundred thousand people showed up. It says something about this community's commitment to the team.

The top picture is manager Tony La Russa riding Anheuser-Busch's old beer wagon. He has been the Cardinals' manager for 16 years, after being in the same position in Chicago and Oakland. The intellectual, intense La Russa is one of the greatest managers in baseball history. To the shock of all St. Louis, he announced his retirement the day after the parade.


The second shot is the magnificent Albert Pujols, considered by many as the greatest player in contemporary baseball. He has spent his entire eleven year Major League career here playing for La Russa. He is now a free agent and can negotiate with any team. St. Louis fans desperately want him back but his eyes are ominously fixed on the horizon.

Don't know if the man in the last picture is looking for a baseball celebration or a Halloween party. Both are heavy on fantasy.

Cards Victory Parade 2

Cards Victory Parade 3

11 comments:

Olivier said...

belle photo de foules et de char sponsorise par une bière (ce qui serait interdit en France)

George McKay said...

I enjoyed getting to see St. Louis through the eyes of a talented documentarian. Great photos!

Olivier said...

En reponse a ta question, ce n'est pas du HDR, mais j'ai utilisé un filtre polarisant (et mis en mode Saturation mon APN)

brattcat said...

Yeah!

Bibi said...

I like the evil-eye Mickey.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

After Albert Pujols got several hits in game 3 and the TV announcer said he has gotten hot, Tim McCarver made the observation that he has been hot for 11 years.

For someone from my generation, it was wonderful to see glimpses of Stan Musial, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson during the World Series. I still have memorabilia from the 1964 Cardinals World Series Championship.

Nathalie said...

The last man looks like a Michael Moore character demonstrating in front of some large corporation's headquarters :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A hundred thousand people you say Bob, they had the same pulling power as the Queen then, when she was in Perth..

Regina K said...

I love championship parades! It was a shame to hear about La Russa but what better way to head out the door to retirement than with a big win. Hopefully Pujols will want to stay and the Cardinals will hopefully encourage him to stay.

Halcyon said...

I love the Budweiser carriage. And I love even more seeing so many people in red! :)

Shandi said...

I LOVE the photograph of LaRussa on the Budweiser coach! It creates such a sense of excitement all over again!