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Saturday, October 29, 2011

David Freese’s shredded jersey going to Hall of Fame

David Freese’s jersey is heading to the Hall of Fame. Well, what’s left of it. After the third baseman’s epic game-winning home run in the 11th inning, Freese’s teammates were at home plate waiting for him. Freese’s fellow Cardinals were there to “shred” him in what has become a St. Louis post-season tradition. Shortly afterwards, National Baseball Hall of Fame representatives took the remains of the jersey and are bringing it to Cooperstown.

David Freese’s incredible walk off solo home run capped what many are calling one of the greatest games ever played. This came after Freese’s two-strike, two-out triple in the bottom of the 9th that scored two runs and forced extra innings.

Naturally, the Baseball Hall of Fame wanted a piece of history from this historic Game 6. Freese’s jersey was an obvious choice. But why exactly was the shirt in pieces?

“Shredding” has become a late-season celebration for the St. Louis Cardinals. The “Shredder” is the nickname given to Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto, who picked up the habit this season of going up to fellow players, grabbing them by the top button of their shirt and pulling. The resulting explosion of buttons and cloth leaves the wearer “shredded.”

Thanks to Jonn.

Repoz Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:35 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cardinals, hall of fame, memorabilia

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   1. Gamingboy Posted: October 29, 2011 at 01:42 PM (#3982078)
If Nick Punto was Shredder, who were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: October 29, 2011 at 03:25 PM (#3982108)
So our Shredder was Nick Punto all along.
   3. Hack Wilson Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:03 PM (#3982131)
Jersey? I'm pretty sure they were his long johns.
   4. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:44 PM (#3982161)
What sort of idiot would think a game marred by five errors was the "greatest game every played?"
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:48 PM (#3982168)
What sort of idiot would think a game marred by five errors was the "greatest game every played?"

What sort of idiot would think that a game that had five comebacks, including two of them one strike away from elimination (including one in extra innings), wouldn't be at least be considered one of the "greatest games ever played"?
   6. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:54 PM (#3982172)
What sort of idiot would think that a game that had five comebacks, including two of them one strike away from elimination (including one in extra innings), wouldn't be at least be considered one of the "greatest games ever played"?


The sort that can differentiate quality baseball from melodrama, I suppose.
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 29, 2011 at 04:57 PM (#3982175)
The sort that can differentiate quality baseball from melodrama, I suppose

It was "greatest games ever played", not "greatest played games, ever".
There is a difference.
   8. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:01 PM (#3982178)
It was "greatest games ever played", not "greatest played games, ever".
There is a difference.


It never ceases to amaze me the lengths plebes will go to in order to justify their own ignorance.
   9. Tuque Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:04 PM (#3982181)
It never ceases to amaze me the lengths plebes will go to in order to justify their own ignorance.

Are you really that bent out of shape because somebody likes something you didn't like?
   10. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:08 PM (#3982183)
Are you really that bent out of shape because somebody likes something you didn't like?


I'm not bent out of shape at all. Why would you you think that?
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:09 PM (#3982185)
Nice. Yet another reason to dislike Nick Effing Punto.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:29 PM (#3982203)
What sort of idiot would think a game marred by five errors was the "greatest game every played?"

You're right, it was probably topped by another World Series game that was ended when the right fielder actually managed to catch that 27th out. That one was perfect from start to finish.
   13. Adam M Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:51 PM (#3982215)
Please do not poke the curmudgeon.
   14. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 05:55 PM (#3982220)
You're right, it was probably topped by another World Series game that was ended when the right fielder actually managed to catch that 27th out. That one was perfect from start to finish.


Did Steve Rippley ever get his World Series share from the that Yankee squad?
   15. Adam Starblind Posted: October 29, 2011 at 06:28 PM (#3982240)

I'm not bent out of shape at all. Why would you you think that?


Because this only happened due to the Braves' epic choke job, and meanwhile you have always seemed more than a little unbalanced. So when you dropped in just now for a little name-calling, you seemed a bit bent out of shape.

Clear?
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:04 PM (#3982255)
Did Steve Rippley ever get his World Series share from the that Yankee squad?

Now I have to kill you.
   17. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:04 PM (#3982256)
Clear?


I see. You have the cognitive skills of a retarded gecko. Got it.
   18. Gotham Dave Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:09 PM (#3982260)
I think Sam has a point in that the first six or so innings of the game, while closely contested and involving lead changes, were pretty sloppy and not that entertaining for fans without a stake. I think it would be silly to say the second half of the game didn't more than make up for it, though.
   19. Adam Starblind Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:14 PM (#3982267)

I see. You have the cognitive skills of a retarded gecko. Got it.


When I think "who around here is really really smart" I keep coming back to "Sam Hutcheson." The man is a freaking genius.
   20. PeteF3 Posted: October 29, 2011 at 07:56 PM (#3982281)
All-time legendary game with five errors. More when you count mental and managerial and catcher-blocking errors.
   21. Esoteric Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:12 PM (#3982294)
You know, the one good thing about the Cardinals' World Series victory is the fact that it was only possible because the Atlanta Braves were a terrible team of choking losers who pissed a 10.5 game lead down their legs like scared children. And really, I only feel that way because I'm so sick of Sam H's sociopathic BS around here. The internet is not your personal sandbox to behave like human filth towards everyone, Sam. It really isn't.

Can't wait for the Nationals to continue sodomizing the Braves next year as they climb over their broken corpse on the way to contending with the Phils for the division. That 3-game sweep at the end of season to send Atlanta on their way to implosion was deliciously sweet.
   22. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:41 PM (#3982323)
Sam, don't listen to these guys. Don't ever change.
   23. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: October 29, 2011 at 08:45 PM (#3982328)
The internet is not your personal sandbox to behave like human filth towards everyone, Sam. It really isn't.


Of course it isn't. I take your point, good sir. I should not limit myself to the internet. Thank you for your counsel. I will pay your advice the heed it is so clearly due.
   24. Bases of Anonymity (Zeyes) Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3982504)
Ah, another episode of the "The Least Self-Aware Man in the World" show, today on BTF.
   25. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 30, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3982509)
Did Steve Rippley ever get his World Series share from the that Yankee squad?

Believe it! (Or not.)
   26. Don Malcolm Posted: October 30, 2011 at 03:20 AM (#3982560)
Oh, go ahead, Sam. Be filthy and pelt them with used moist towelettes. Clear your throat and leave your thoughts dribbling down their faces!

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