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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gleeman: Astros fall down a lot in loss to Cardinals, blame U2 and Bono

Or…Bono anti-Bourgeois!

U2 had a concert at Busch Stadium on July 17 and in preparation for the event the Cardinals had to strip the field and then afterward bring in new grass from Colorado, with the recent high temperatures making the re-sodding effort very difficult.

Before last night’s game groundskeeper Bill Findley told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the new grass “wasn’t healthy enough to put a pattern on it” and then during the game the visiting Astros fell numerous times on a surface Goold described as “bare and the dirt exposed to the drying and cracking heat.”

Here’s how Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle described the issues:

  Hunter Pence fell coming in on a fly ball that turned into a triple, Michael Bourn just fell in center field, and Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single. Also Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.

Now, in fairness to U2 (which are words I never expected to type, ever) some of that can probably just be blamed on the Astros being a terrible team with an MLB-worst 33-69 record. After all, they fall down and make errors plenty no matter the locale. With that said, afterward several players and coaches talked about how little traction there was on the new grass.

Repoz Posted: July 26, 2011 at 07:48 PM | 49 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:06 PM (#3885867)
Hey, the Cardinals are supposed to be the whiny victims here!
   2. Sam M. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3885869)
I have just one thing to say to the Astros: if you can't stand up, Get On Your Boots.

This could get to be a hell of a thread . . . .
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:14 PM (#3885871)
Hunter Pence fell coming in on a fly ball that turned into a triple, Michael Bourn just fell in center field, and Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single. Also Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.


Running to stand still?
   4. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:16 PM (#3885872)
Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.

What was it doing, hiding?
   5. Sam M. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:20 PM (#3885874)
Of course, there's Stand Up Comedy, a mediocre-at-best U2 song but with some perfect lyrics for the occasion, including:

I got to stand up, and take a step . . . .
Stand up in this dizzy world . . . .
Stand up, this is comedy . . .
It's like a small child crossing an eight lane highway
On a voyage of discovery.


If that doesn't sum up the 2011 Astros, what does?
   6. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:38 PM (#3885876)
I like the 2011 Astros much better than U2. And I don't like the 2011 Astros.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:41 PM (#3885877)
What's the guy rounding first doing on the grass?
   8. Guapo Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:43 PM (#3885880)
Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.


And he still hasn't found what he's looking for.
   9. phredbird Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:47 PM (#3885881)
walt, he was taking a wide turn thinking about going to second. pretty hard to avoid stepping on the grass when you do that.
thing is, i don't know if it really was the turf or, well, he just tripped.
pence, on the other hand, looked like he was surprised at how slick the grass was.

the cards didn't seem to have any trouble. rasmus made a killer diving catch to squelch a rally.
   10. Sam M. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:55 PM (#3885883)
I like the 2011 Astros much better than U2. And I don't like the 2011 Astros.

You know the difference between the 2011 Astros and U2? People who like the 2011 Astros are doomed to hell, through no fault of their own. On the other hand, people who don't like U2 are damned to hell by their own choice. Not sure which ring, but it's one of the lower levels, that I'm sure of.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 08:58 PM (#3885884)
Hunter Pence fell coming in on a fly ball that turned into a triple, Michael Bourn just fell in center field, and Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single. Also Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.


They move in mysterious ways.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:00 PM (#3885885)
On the other hand, people who don't like U2 are damned to hell by their own choice.


I'm just going to leave this here.
   13.     Hey Gurl Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:02 PM (#3885887)
What's the guy rounding first doing on the grass?


The bases had no names.
   14. phredbird Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:04 PM (#3885888)
uh, speaking of slipping and falling, that giants in the white house thread sure went down pretty quick. i haven't seen anything like that in quite some time. did somebody complain to szym or furtado?
   15. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:10 PM (#3885891)
Must have been. It was stupid political stuff that invades plenty of threads but nothing unusual I thought.
   16. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:12 PM (#3885892)
Hunter Pence fell coming in on a fly ball that turned into a triple

Uno!

Michael Bourn just fell in center field

Dos!

and Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single.

Tres!

Also Jason Bourgeois had a ball elude him for an error.

Catorce!
   17. Sam M. Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:15 PM (#3885894)
It was stupid political stuff that invades plenty of threads but nothing unusual I thought.

Please. Let's not rekindle the bile that was unleashed in that thread by rehashing it here.

Frankly, I'm offended that the Astros would dare to complain about this heartland soil.
   18. phredbird Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:16 PM (#3885896)
It was stupid political stuff that invades plenty of threads but nothing unusual I thought.


reading it over, i think there was one towards the end that pretty much sealed its fate. too bad. the presidents remarks were fun, and it sounded like they were having a good time.
   19. phredbird Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:19 PM (#3885897)
sorry sam. :)

ANYWAY ...

the jason bourgeois error, if i remember correctly, was just plain bad fielding.
   20. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:32 PM (#3885901)
reading it over, i think there was one towards the end that pretty much sealed its fate.


Just did the same, & I say you're almost certainly correct.

(I have to say, the fact that Obama's very existence is enough to drive certain idiots to distraction is almost enough to make me giving a pass for being, for all intents & purposes, a Republican double agent.)
   21. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3885912)

Catorce!


Fourteen?
   22. rr Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:06 PM (#3885917)
Just got back from class. My guess is Joey got the thread shut down; he hates talking politics and is just here to talk baseball.

gef, I listened to Journey To The End of The Night the other day. Still dig it. I also listened to Achtung Baby, and Pop so don't worry, I am still a geezer corprock clown you can mock and ridicule.
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:13 PM (#3885920)
Fourteen?


It was their fourteenth album so that is why they did that.
   24. BFFB Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM (#3885925)
   25. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:26 PM (#3885929)
I also listened to Achtung Baby, and Pop so don't worry, I am still a geezer corprock clown you can mock and ridicule.


Achtung Baby is a helluva album. Pop, though, I don't think I've ever managed to listen to all the way through. It might be great, for all I know; I guess it's never happened to fit whatever mood I happened to be in whenever I put it on, is all. Same for the one after it.

I guess there's been at least one more since, but I lost interest quite some while ago (see also: REM, except that there the interest loss occurred going on a decade earlier).
   26. rr Posted: July 26, 2011 at 10:34 PM (#3885936)
   27. Chicago Joe Posted: July 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM (#3885957)
Journey To The End of The Night

Check out Retreat From Memphis and So Good It Hurts.
   28. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM (#3885960)
The Edge having a laugh on himself about using the pedals.

The movie this came from, "It Might Get Loud," is just OK, but the good parts are definitely fun.
Jack White is just trying too dang hard, especially compared to Jimmy Page. Page, I just want to get a cognac with or something.
   29. rr Posted: July 26, 2011 at 11:53 PM (#3885980)
movie this came from, "It Might Get Loud," is just OK, but the good parts are definitely fun


Agree. I don't like the White Stripes much, but White seemed, well, serious about what he is doing.
   30. Dave Spiwak Posted: July 27, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3885993)
Catastrophic technical failure at a U2 gig


Who is that guy -- P.D.Q. Rock?
   31. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 27, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3885994)
On the other hand, people who don't like U2 are damned to hell by their own choice.


If disliking shitty music is wrong, I don't want to be right.
   32. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3886006)
Check out Retreat From Memphis and So Good It Hurts.


Fine albums indeed, but I'd put them below not only Journey but also Curse, Rock'n'Roll, Honky Tonkin' & Edge of the World.
   33. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: July 27, 2011 at 12:59 AM (#3886048)
I'm just going to leave this here.



If disliking shitty music is wrong, I don't want to be right.



I love you guys.
   34. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: July 27, 2011 at 01:01 AM (#3886054)
This is a jokey U2 thread, but seriously, if anyone deserves blame for the field conditions, it's the St. Louis Cardinals org and whoever scheduled to have them come in during a MLB season.
   35. Sam M. Posted: July 27, 2011 at 01:18 AM (#3886059)
Shitty music, eh? Well, of course taste is variable, but in a world full of completely vapid music where the industry rewards "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in the '80s, and a supposedly push-the-envelope, avant-garde, artist nowadays who is basically little more than a pale copy of Madonna with an even worse voice, my test for "shitty" is a bit different. And it doesn't include a group whose work includes "With or Without You," "One," "Where The Streets Have No Name," "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Beautiful Day," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and much more. They have interesting things to say, and have tried to stay relevant enough in the market to keep saying it. The whole ridiculous big-show schtick is not my thing, but the core music itself is still a great record.

I happen to wish rock and roll had never taken the unfortunate turn for the bleak and unlistenable in the 90s, but that's just me.
   36. Pujols Shot Ya Posted: July 27, 2011 at 03:02 AM (#3886185)
Nope, still blame U2.
   37. Dan The Mediocre Posted: July 27, 2011 at 03:10 AM (#3886192)

I happen to wish rock and roll had never taken the unfortunate turn for the inane and unlistenable in the 80s, but that's just me.


FTFY
   38. Sam M. Posted: July 27, 2011 at 03:54 AM (#3886213)
I happen to wish rock and roll had never taken the unfortunate turn for the inane and unlistenable in the 80s, but that's just me.

I agree with that, actually, but you're confusing Huey Lewis and Glenn Frey with Bono.
   39. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: July 27, 2011 at 04:22 AM (#3886223)
Shitty music, eh? Well, of course taste is variable, but in a world full of completely vapid music where the industry rewards "Don't Worry, Be Happy" in the '80s, and a supposedly push-the-envelope, avant-garde, artist nowadays who is basically little more than a pale copy of Madonna with an even worse voice, my test for "shitty" is a bit different. And it doesn't include a group whose work includes "With or Without You," "One," "Where The Streets Have No Name," "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Beautiful Day," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and much more. They have interesting things to say, and have tried to stay relevant enough in the market to keep saying it. The whole ridiculous big-show schtick is not my thing, but the core music itself is still a great record.

I happen to wish rock and roll had never taken the unfortunate turn for the bleak and unlistenable in the 90s, but that's just me.


Well, I suppose now would be a really weird time for you to stop being completely wrong about absolutely everything.
   40. Sam M. Posted: July 27, 2011 at 04:48 AM (#3886238)
Well, I suppose now would be a really weird time for you to stop being completely wrong about absolutely everything.

Why, thanks. What a wonderful segue into my announcement of the release of my upcoming autobiography, to coincide with my 50th birthday. It's called Perfect So Far: 50 Years of Being Wrong, and Fixin' to Stay That Way. I hope everyone picks up a copy -- to be offered exclusively at a Borders near you!
   41. Tuque Posted: July 27, 2011 at 04:53 AM (#3886244)
What is with all the U2 discussions on this site recently? Is Repoz being paid for viral marketing?
   42. Brian C Posted: July 27, 2011 at 04:54 AM (#3886245)
Why, thanks.

You have to admit, you had that coming ... you can't just rip into Bobby McFerrin like that with Fancy Pants around.
   43. Sam M. Posted: July 27, 2011 at 04:55 AM (#3886246)
Is Repoz being paid for viral marketing?

No. He's just stuck in a moment, and he can't get out of it.
   44. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:02 AM (#3886247)
Why, thanks. What a wonderful segue into my announcement of the release of my upcoming autobiography, to coincide with my 50th birthday. It's called Perfect So Far: 50 Years of Being Wrong, and Fixin' to Stay That Way. I hope everyone picks up a copy -- to be offered exclusively at a Borders near you!


To be made into a Broadway musical, with an original score by Bono and The Edge!
   45. Knock on any Iorg Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:18 AM (#3886258)
if anyone deserves blame for the field conditions, it's the St. Louis Cardinals org and whoever scheduled to have them come in during a MLB season.

I'm sure the Marlins would like to have a hack at that discussion, as well. It seems U2 is hellbent on messing with baseball scheduling this season. I recommend a Congressional hearing on this important matter. They could be terrorists you know.
   46. Hugh Jorgan Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:30 AM (#3886267)
Well, I suppose now would be a really weird time for you to stop being completely wrong about absolutely everything

Wait, what..is that my wife posting?

exclusively at a Borders near you!

Well not quite in Aus. This thing called the internet and those pesky ebooks and ereaders put their arse out of business over here recently.

#8--very funny
   47. Sam M. Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:41 AM (#3886272)
Hugh -- Borders is going bust here, too. That was part of the "I'm always wrong" joke -- made an exclusive deal with a closing bookstore?

I guess if you have to explain the joke, the joke sucks, huh? Oh, well.
   48. Hugh Jorgan Posted: July 27, 2011 at 05:57 AM (#3886285)
#47...ah, I see. I've should've picked that. Nah mate, the joke is still funny.
   49. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: July 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM (#3886309)
Who is that guy -- P.D.Q. Rock?


Outstanding. (In case anyone actually doesn't know, without clicking the link, it's bound to be the most excellent Bill Bailey. 'Bewilderness' is your entry point, followed by 'Part Troll', followed by all 3 seasons of 'Black Books'. You will be glad.)

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