I know the Dodgers are 17 hours away from their biggest game in 20 years, but I'm still in a Cardinals frame of mind.
Which may lead you to ask why one of Cardinals fans' LEAST favorite moments is being displayed in this post. Wasn't this the Chavez catch off of Scott Rolen in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS? Didn't Chavez then convert the catch into an inning-ending double play?
Well, yes and yes. But, admit it, it's one of the best catches you will ever see in a postseason game. I'm not going to dive off the deep end like some New Yorkers and proclaim it the greatest catch ever, but it's in rare company. And, secondly, Cardinals fans, you know what happened three innings later. Things turned out pretty well, didn't they, Yadier?
2007 Upper Deck featured several cards from the all-night playoff series between the Mets and Cardinals. It'd be cool if there was more of that in future sets (I've seen very little of Upper Deck's base set this year, so I don't know if they did the same with the Rockies-Diamondbacks or Red Sox-Indians).
Meanwhile, I'll post something about the Dodgers after I get a good night's sleep. Today was too depressing. I'll leave you with all the players/coaches/managers -- past or present -- I could find who have either gone on record as saying George Kissell made a difference in their careers or praised Kissell for his impact on baseball:
Sparky Anderson, Alan Benes, Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, Bob Forsch, Tommy Herr, Whitey Herzog, Hal Lanier, Tony La Russa, John Mabry, Tim McCarver, John McNamara, Terry Pendleton, Mike Shannon, Frank Smith, Bruce Sutter, Mark Sweeney, Andy Van Slyke, Joe Torre, Dave Trembley, Earl Weaver, Todd Zeile.
I'm certain there are so many others because Kissell basically taught everyone who came up through the Cardinals organization in the last 68 years.
And here's a little video snippet of George at spring training in 2007.