Well, I did the furlough fuzz, the playoff patch, so why not try this no shave November or Movember thing? What is no shave November you ask? Simply it is the annual tradition when men don’t shave for the entire month of November, growing facial hair in the name of raising awareness of men’s prostate health, to promote manliness, or just because. Women can also participate by not shaving their legs and/or armpits. Ladies, I recommend you just watch the scruffiness. But to each their own. I am more a fan of Movember. Movember is the international version in which men grow mustaches in the month of November to promote prostate cancer awareness. Movember, however, allows participants to shave their beard and trim their mustache, where No Shave November doesn’t allow shaving of any sort. If you remember the furlough fuzz, my beard doesn’t fully grow in. Also, my face kind of has turns to it and not trimming my mustache would be nearly impossible. I hope that all the men reading this will join me.
My Movember Mustache as of 11/8/13
November also contains some very important holidays. None more important to the fabric of this nation then Veteran’s Day. Everyone in the United States of America is either a veteran, related to one, or knows one. I fall in all three categories. For those who do not know I was in the United States Marine Corps from September of 1989 to September of 1993. That includes some time over in the first Gulf War or Operation Desert Shield/Storm. A shout out to all my veteran friends in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard also.
Happy Birthday Marines!
November 10th marks the birthday of The United States Marine Corps. If you know a Marine like myself, wish us a happy birthday. No cards or gifts required. Semper Fi!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I am ready to start baking cookies for Christmas. We have started a folder for Christmas card pictures. The first snowflake is in the forecast here in St. Louis. I hope I get a chance to see all of my local friends this holiday season and for the other holidays too. Send me a message for my number. I am never more than a text or a call away.
Giving credit where credit is due, United Cardinal Bloggers founder and head honcho Daniel Shoptaw Cardinal70 @C70 game up with the Twitter hashtag #cardsplaneproblems. From there it blew up. You all knew Middlebrooksing would get involved (see picture credit Joe Sports Fan).
Middlebrooksing plane courtesy of Joe Sports Fan
Cardinals players are playing along with Jon Axford posting pictures, David Freese joking about Imo’s, Joe Kelly having a standoff with Delta or trying to get Adam Wainwright to dance. How could you not love this team?
The following are the tweets I contributed to this phenomenon. They may not all be funny, but oh well:
The Cardinals are still waiting for Holliday’s homerun to land from the Dodgers series so they can take off. #cardsplaneproblems
Fozzie Bear got stuck in security at Lambert. #cardsplaneproblems #WachaWachaWacha
The Cardinals plane is stuck behind the eight ball. #cardsplaneproblems
John Mozeliak’s suitcase full of bow ties caused the plane to be overweight. #cardsplaneproblems
Mike Shannon is trying to drink a few more cold frosty ones before takeoff. #cardsplaneproblems
Freese just realized there’s no Imo’s in Boston #cardsplaneproblems
Cards are waiting for FoxSports 1 to finish post game show. #cardsplaneproblems
DannyMacTV tried to sneak on board. #cardsplaneproblems
Had to wait for ESPN Scorecenter to report the plane was ready for takeoff. #cardsplaneproblems
The phone on the plane broke. #cardsplaneproblems #oldskool
Fredbird took his head off and security was called. #cardsplaneproblems
Kolten Wong slipped. #cardsplaneproblems
The keys for the plane are stuck in Mike Napoli’s beard. #cardsplaneproblems
With Winnipeg in town all Jets are required to stay in St. Louis tonight. #cardsplaneproblems #NHL
Kevin Millar’s wardrobe got spilled on the Tarmac and the pilot was blinded. @IntentionalTalk #cardsplaneproblems
Adam Wainwright decided to give his own motivational speech. #cardsplaneproblems
They can’t find the rally squirrel. #cardsplaneproblems
With all the giraffe pictures on Facebook, everyone thought Joe Kelly was missing. #cardsplaneproblems
The Cardinals are trying to figure what the fox said. #cardsplaneproblems
Shelby Miller dressed in a Michael Wacha costume can’t get thru security. #cardsplaneproblems
Hey @Tsunamy27 Duane Wade called and wants his clothes back. #cardsplaneproblems
Mike Matheny still trying to figure out flight itenerary. #cardsplaneproblems
After @dfreese23 ordered Imo’s they realized they were out if bacon.. #cardsplaneproblems
Michael Wacha took off on an earlier flight. Team can’t get off ground without him. #cardsplaneproblems
Airline just realized Capt Phillips is a boat pilot. #cardsplaneproblems
Some of my favorite ones were done by fellow bloggers; Marilyn Green @Marilyncolor tweeted: The plane tried to run on Yadier Molina. #cardsplaneproblems and Cardinal70 @C70 tweeted: During the regular season, it was the Cubs official plane. So it doesn’t work in October. #cardsplaneproblems
Thank you all for the time of laughter and smile today Cardinals Nation. Go Cardinals!
I want this hat. Size 7 1/2 please.
Yes the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers like I predicted as did the Boston Red Sox by beating the Detroit Tigers. Got both of those right. Sorry to all my Tigers fan friends. I wish Jim Leyland the best in his retirement. Remember he was a Cardinals scout before he took your managerial job.
30 other major league teams, cities, and fan bases do not have their team in the World Series. This marks the St. Louis Cardinals 19th World Series. The last time they were here they won it all in 2011. This matchup is a rematch of the 2004 World Series. I was at game four with my wife and some friends and we happily congratulated all of the Boston fans that were there. This year there is no curse, no rally squirrel, just some beards and a battle for the World Series trophy.
The NLCS was a good series. I thought we wouldn’t blow the Dodgers away but we kind of did in game six. That game relaxed me and I enjoyed the evening with friends. I am glad of two things; I don’t have to listen to the terrible TBS announcers anymore and no more Yasiel Puig and his unprofessionalism. Even the bad announcers knew he took forever to get in the batter’s box. I will keep the rest of my comments to myself. Just please, get TBS out of postseason baseball coverage.
Great job by the Boston Red Sox. They basically waited the Detroit Tigers out in those games. Max Scherzer pitched well for the Detroit Tigers, but not good enough. Or should I say long enough. He had too many pitches both times and when they took him out the bullpen gave up two grand slams. That Detroit bullpen has been a question all season.
This World Series prediction has been difficult for me. At the start of October, I predicted the Red Sox to beat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. And since the Cardinals never played the Braves, the only team I knew could beat us, I will have to go Cardinals in seven but I am hoping six.
The teams are pretty evenly matched. I give the Red Sox the edge in the experienced pitching staff but the Cardinals have kids that have been shown the right way to play by some veterans both on and off the field. Let me go on record by saying that I wish they would have saved Michael Wacha to start game three so he could also pitch game seven, but I am not paid to manage this team so I will support this decision. Heck, Manager Mike Matheny could go with a three man rotation for all I know. On offense, the Red Sox have one of my non-Cardinal favorites in Dustin Pedroia along with David Ortiz. Shane Victorino and Stephen Drew do not scare me. Mike Napoli kind of does though. If he gets hot and can play in St. Louis, we may have trouble with a capital T on our hands. St. Louis is ready for the challenge and with Allen Craig coming back to at least DH they should feel energized. Can Jon Jay/Shane Robinson/whoever plays centerfield provide enough offense? Yes, but just barely.
Please realize Cardinals Nation that we should not take this team for granted. These are some great players and a lot different than the team that won in 2011. I personally hope Yadier Molina had a big offensive series and wins World Series MVP.
Last night the Senate and House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to bring back all Federal employees to work and include back pay. This current CR now takes us thru January 15, 2014. Committees will be created to work on a budget to fund different branches of the Government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2014. I hope they get it done this time.
I was just one of the 30,000 St. Louis area Federal employees affected by the shutdown. It was estimated somewhere around 5-6 million dollars a day was lost locally due to the shutdown. I would like to give a shout out to one local restaurant that is one of my favorites. Sugarfire Smoke House (1) gave furloughed Federal employees a sandwich special. I and a friend took advantage of this once. It was their ‘Shutdown Special’ and it had brisket, pulled pork, and turkey on it with lettuce, tomato and onion. They included a side and a drink for no charge. Yeah, I said no charge. Me and my family are going there tonight for dinner to personally thank them and pay them back. What they did went above and beyond.
I shaved my beard this morning and decided to keep the soul patch area for the remainder of the time the St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs. If they win the World Series, let’s see how long it stays.
I got quite a few things done while I was off, from some deep cleaning to organization to just some sit around and relax time. I am happy to be back to work. I have a few things around the house that were starting to fall apart and the money from my normal paycheck will help get things fixed.
I am proud to be a Federal employee. I am proud to be a veteran. I am proud to be a husband. I am proud to be a father. I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be a Christian.
Well, so far I have gotten the ALCS right and half of the NLCS. Things change with five games on how I think about the rest of the postseason. That’s why I am updating my LCS predictions now. Also, I am still furloughed, so I have the time.
American League Championship Series:
Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox. This is the matchup I have predicted. Detroit handled the Oakland A’s by getting them to swing and miss a lot. That will not happen with Boston. They have too many good bats and just enough pitching to get them through Detroit. One win versus Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer will get it done and the Red Sox will win it in six. Expect Dustin Pedroia to have a big series. And no, I am not just siding with the bearded team since I haven’t shaved in ten days.
National League Championship Series:
St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers. I was a little bit shocked about the result of both of these NLDS series, but that’s why they play the games. Looking back on the Dodgers destroying the Atlanta Braves it was clear that they just beat them. The Dodgers won’t have it that easy against the Cardinals. The Pittsburgh Pirates gave them a bit more than they bargained for. Gerrit Cole pitched a lot better than I thought he would. But he was not near as good as Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha and ace Adam Wainwright.
On to the series that starts tonight. Joe Kelly will wow a national audience. Zack Greinke is the enemy to Cardinals Nation. Michael Wacha will pitch another great game against Clayton Kershaw and it sets up Adam Wainwright. Adam Wainwright is the man in St. Louis right now. He pitched a gem, told the world what is important, and led his team in celebration. “There is no amount of money that’s worth what we have going inside this clubhouse,” he said. “This is a family to me. This is more than teammates. This is a family. So I feel so blessed to be here with them and share moments like this. And we’ll remember them for the rest of our lives.”
Do you think the Cardinals are gonna let some high priced Dodgers team beat them? Heck, I bet only half of the fans in Dodgers Stadium during the postseason have been to a game all year and if they did, they arrived late. Los Angeles is not a baseball town. Heck, they have a former NBA basketball player as an owner. Cardinals in six and it could be five. Momentum is clearly on the Cardinals side.
But remember, that’s why they play the games. Anything can happen. I will be watching and I hope you will be too. Share the word and the love of baseball.
My Furlough Fuzz
Well it’s been over a week off of work for me and a lot of my fellow Federal employees. This is a Government Shutdown. I wouldn’t call this a vacation. I would call it everyday life coming up to smack you in the face. You see, most Federal employees do not get paid like they would do in the public sector. Yes, we get job security, maybe some more time off and sometimes it’s hard to fire us. I am part of the group of Federal employees that doesn’t get paid as much. Before October 1st, I missed 10% of my pay for three pay periods this past summer. That sucked. We tend to eat out more during baseball season for Josh, so that just happened less. Our pantry went a tad lower but we survived.
I see stories of how veterans are getting denied access to monuments, mothers not getting their proper nutrition, and others not getting their houses or retirements. I feel sorry for all of them. I believe there are millions of people being affected by this shutdown. What about the snack shop in our building run by the blind couple? What about the lunch places around one of our campus locations that hold 3000 or more employees? I also know I am not paying city earnings tax for these days so even the local communities that have Federal employees are being hit.
Something has to be done. I am not a political guy. Get the two sides to meet. Whoever needs to talk to get this done. I don’t care about no fiscal cliff, or whatever party you belong to. Millions of Americans are being affected by this shutdown. I don’t want to miss all this pay, but I will survive. Heck some of the people that are working are not guaranteed to get paid. Fix this mess you started or nobody will be reelected. As of today I am voting for the other guy no matter who it is. If you as a politician could not do something to stop this, let’s get someone else in who might no matter their political party.
2013 Postseason logo
Since I am shut down today, I figured I would get a blog out. Might as well do my post season predictions. Good luck to all of the teams out there!
Wild Card Games:
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds. I see Pittsburgh winning this one game. Francisco Liriano will do a good job of keeping the Reds down and I do not think it will take much. They are not playing well.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians. Cleveland is playing as good as any team out there right now and the Rays used Price to get to this game so I give the Indians the edge.
American League Division Series:
Detroit Tigers vs Oakland A’s. As long as Detroit is on, they will beat the A’s easily. I think they will be mostly on, but the series will go five games.
Boston Red Sox vs Cleveland Indians. Boston will have the momentum and the hot streak and they will beat the Indians in 4.
American League Championship Series:
Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox. I am thinking this will be a series for the ages. Some of the injuries that Detroit has been experiencing will catch up to them here and Boston will win in 7.
National League Division Series:
Atlanta Braves vs Los Angeles Dodgers. This will be a great five game series battle but Atlanta is the better team. They understand about playing together and win it in five.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals. I don’t think Pittsburgh can match up with Cardinals in a short series. The Pirates are more hurt then they will publically admit and Cards win in 4.
National League Championship Series:
Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals. This is a tough series for me to pick. Something just tells me that the Braves will win it in seven. I hope I am wrong. I hope it will be a respectably fought series with the Braves just having the edge.
Boston Red Sox vs Atlanta Braves. Boston has shown to me that they have the team concept down. They will bond together and win the World Series in six on Boston’s home field. All Star Game results matter this year.
Let’s see how I do. At the beginning of the season I had the Washington Nationals beating the Texas Rangers in the World Series. Neither of those teams made the playoffs. Baseball is my favorite sport because it is so unpredictable.