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    Of the games I've been to in Busch stadium, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Rick Hummel. I say the # 1 game that I have seen in person is the same as his. The seat cusion night game is without a doubt the greatest game I ever saw at Busch and I've literally seen hundreds of them.




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    Take 5: Best regular-season moments at Busch
    By Rick Hummel
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/18/2005

    We're down to a precious five regular-season games remaining at Busch Stadium and, oh, the memories.

    Discounting postseason games, which have created their own special brand of excitement, you've had such compelling contests as the Labor Day game in 1996, when veterans Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee each coaxed one more big game out of their aging bodies in an 8-7 win over Houston that started the Cardinals on their run to a division title in manager Tony La Russa's first season here. That day, Smith scored four runs and McGee had four hits, with each player driving in three runs.

    You had Al Hrabosky fanning the heart of the Cincinnati Reds batting order after loading the bases with nobody out in the ninth inning of a game on May 9, 1977. The Cardinals won that game in the 10th, 6-5, on Ted Simmons' homer after Jose Cruz had thrown out Ray Knight trying to score the winning run in the top of the inning.

    For the 1960s, you could have the very first game at Busch, a 4-3, 12-inning win by the Cardinals over the Atlanta Braves when Lou Brock singled home the winning run after St. Louisan Jerry Buchek had tied the game with a hit in the ninth.
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    For the current decade, you could pick the July 28, 2002 game when the Cardinals rallied for six runs in the ninth before a full-house crowd to beat the Chicago Cubs, 10-9, with Edgar Renteria's three-run homer capping the surge.

    But, for some reason, more of the most exciting, noteworthy, bizarre games at Busch were played in the 1980s. Herewith one Top Five of Busch Stadium's most memorable games:

    1 - April 18, 1987. Down 5-0 at one point to the defending world champion New York Mets and 8-7 entering the last of the 10th, rookie Tom Pagnozzi singled home the tying run for the Cardinals and Tom Herr hit a game-winning grand slam off Mets lefthander Jesse Orosco to pull out a 12-8 victory. One of the unusual notes of this game was that Cardinals relief ace Todd Worrell walked five batters in one official inning. This was Seat Cushion Night at Busch. After what Herr did, it was the last Seat Cushion Night at Busch, as thousands were hurled onto the field.

    2 - May 14, 1988. Utilityman Jose Oquendo became the first position player in 20 years to gain a pitching decision, but it was a loss, 7-5, in 19 innings. Oquendo walked six and fired probably close to 100 pitches in his four innings, featuring as he recalled, a split-fingered pitch. Pitcher Jose DeLeon had to be installed as an outfielder with the Cardinals out of players and he and regular right fielder Tom Brunansky switched positions 11 times in the game as manager Whitey Herzog tried to hide DeLeon. The next day, Oquendo was asked to play center field by Herzog and, too scared to say no, played the position while throwing sidearm because his arm still hurt. During the 19-inning game, people streamed into Busch in the early morning hours after the downtown bars had closed so they could get a beer and watch ball. "I thought they had come out to watch me pitch," Oquendo said.

    3 - April 29, 1983. This was the first game affected by the Busch automatic tarpaulin, but instead of running over the leg of Vince Coleman as it did a couple of years later, it got stuck on the field when it rained after 13 innings and the game with the San Francisco Giants had to be suspended and then completed the next evening. The winning run in a 6-5 Cardinals victory came when Giants catcher Milt May threw wide of first on what could have been an inning-ending double play after he had taken a forceout throw home from second baseman Joe Pettini, now a Cardinals coach.

    4 - Aug. 22, 1982. Giants catcher May was involved in this one, too. With the game tied, the bases loaded, two out and two strikes on Cardinals hitter David Green, Glenn Brummer (a backup catcher) decided to steal home. May moved in front of the plate to take Gary Lavelle's pitch, which might have been Strike 3 had May waited for it. Umpire Dave Pallone forgot the count and moved out from behind the plate and up the foul line to call Brummer's slide home, so he wouldn't have known if it was a strike, either. "Tractor Head" Brummer was called safe and the Cardinals had a 5-4 win.

    5 - July 7, 1987. In the second game of a twi-night doubleheader delayed two hours in starting, Cardinals backup catcher Steve Lake, with the clock well past midnight, blasted a two-out homer to tie the game in the ninth. And Jack Clark singled home the winning run in the 10th to give the Cardinals back-to-back, 5-4 wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers. "They always said I was a 3 o'clock hitter," Lake said. "I didn't know they meant 3 o'clock in the morning."[/b][/quote]
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  • #2
    I was at number four.

    Brummer capping off a thrilling comeback with that steal of home.
    RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
    You'll never be forgotten.

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    • #3
      i almost went to number 5. I remember coming home from work and thinking about going. i was 17 and had we had cell phones i would have gone. I was in deep enough at the time that i did not want to chance my folks not seeing the importance of the game ! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

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      • #4
        The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


        I was there, what a bomb.
        Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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        • #5
          QUOTE(jhanke @ Sep 18 2005, 10:12 AM) Quoted post

          i almost went to number 5. I remember coming home from work and thinking about going. i was 17 and had we had cell phones i would have gone. I was in deep enough at the time that i did not want to chance my folks not seeing the importance of the game ! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
          [/b][/quote]


          I was at #5....just a kid nearly 14, and I was in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. My "Big Brother" had taken me to the game, and actually let me stay for both games, had to go home & pack for a 6:30 AM flight to NY, a TDY trip for the Air Force....after getting home around 4:30....

          I knew a lot of kids whose fathers wouldn't have made that sacrifice....

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          • #6
            QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

            The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


            I was there, what a bomb.
            [/b][/quote]


            I was there for that. High up in the bleachers, 12 years old, mom feeding me hot chocolate to keep warm. Quite the pitcher's duel. Tudor v. Darling. Only the 2nd game I ever wen to.
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            • #7
              QUOTE(kah @ Sep 18 2005, 11:20 AM) Quoted post

              QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

              The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


              I was there, what a bomb.
              [/b][/quote]


              I was there for that. High up in the bleachers, 12 years old, mom feeding me hot chocolate to keep warm. Quite the pitcher's duel. Tudor v. Darling. Only the 2nd game I ever wen to.
              [/b][/quote]

              I don't remember the circumstances to well, but I took my younger brother, I think his first baseball game ever.
              We were high up top, former New Yorkers, and listening to the whole pond scum thing.

              That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
              Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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              • #8
                QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 11:25 AM) Quoted post

                That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
                [/b][/quote]

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 18 2005, 11:33 AM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 11:25 AM) Quoted post

                  That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
                  [/b][/quote]

                  [/b][/quote]


                  I thought it was bad that he was a braves fan. Now we find out he used to be a fucking pond-scummer fan too! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif[/img]
                  RIP Stan the Man
                  The StL Blues will NEVER win the Stanley Cup. I repeat, NEVER!
                  I miss TLR!

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                  • #10
                    I was at #1. Bob Costas also ranks the seat cushion game as one of the best games he has ever seen.

                    I was 7 in 87. My father took me to the game. I remember earlier in the game something happened and a lot of the seat cushions were thrown out. By the 9th I was wiped. I complained to my father to go home. He reluctantly took me back to the parking garage with seat cushion in tow. We got to the car about the same time Herr hit the homer. The garage shooks so much if felt like an earthquake. My fahte was so disgusted he didn't turn the radio on the whole ride home. He waited till the morning to find out what happened. To this day he holds it over my head and in fact called me immediately after seeing it in the paper this morning. Still have my seat cushion and the scorecard from that game. Gotta get herr to sign it someday.

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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(thetorch @ Sep 18 2005, 12:54 PM) Quoted post

                      I was at #1. Bob Costas also ranks the seat cushion game as one of the best games he has ever seen.

                      I was 7 in 87. My father took me to the game. I remember earlier in the game something happened and a lot of the seat cushions were thrown out. By the 9th I was wiped. I complained to my father to go home. He reluctantly took me back to the parking garage with seat cushion in tow. We got to the car about the same time Herr hit the homer. The garage shooks so much if felt like an earthquake. My fahte was so disgusted he didn't turn the radio on the whole ride home. He waited till the morning to find out what happened. To this day he holds it over my head and in fact called me immediately after seeing it in the paper this morning. Still have my seat cushion and the scorecard from that game. Gotta get herr to sign it someday.
                      [/b][/quote]


                      So that's what happened to you. Scarred by your spoiled selfishness to go home before a game was over and missing the greatest game in the history of Busch stadium. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
                      RIP Stan the Man
                      The StL Blues will NEVER win the Stanley Cup. I repeat, NEVER!
                      I miss TLR!

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                      • #12
                        At the first two and the last one...no memory sticks out more @ Busch than Seat Cushion Night for me...great times....

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 11:25 AM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(kah @ Sep 18 2005, 11:20 AM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

                          The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


                          I was there, what a bomb.
                          [/b][/quote]


                          I was there for that. High up in the bleachers, 12 years old, mom feeding me hot chocolate to keep warm. Quite the pitcher's duel. Tudor v. Darling. Only the 2nd game I ever wen to.
                          [/b][/quote]

                          I don't remember the circumstances to well, but I took my younger brother, I think his first baseball game ever.
                          We were high up top, former New Yorkers, and listening to the whole pond scum thing.

                          That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
                          [/b][/quote]

                          I thought you were a Braves fan?
                          RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
                          You'll never be forgotten.

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(JWB @ Sep 18 2005, 05:30 PM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 11:25 AM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(kah @ Sep 18 2005, 11:20 AM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

                            The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


                            I was there, what a bomb.
                            [/b][/quote]


                            I was there for that. High up in the bleachers, 12 years old, mom feeding me hot chocolate to keep warm. Quite the pitcher's duel. Tudor v. Darling. Only the 2nd game I ever wen to.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            I don't remember the circumstances to well, but I took my younger brother, I think his first baseball game ever.
                            We were high up top, former New Yorkers, and listening to the whole pond scum thing.

                            That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            I thought you were a Braves fan?
                            [/b][/quote]
                            He is. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(GloveSaveandaBeauty @ Sep 18 2005, 06:12 PM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(JWB @ Sep 18 2005, 05:30 PM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 11:25 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(kah @ Sep 18 2005, 11:20 AM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(madyaks @ Sep 18 2005, 08:45 AM) Quoted post

                              The Strawberry homerun off of the scoreboard............


                              I was there, what a bomb.
                              [/b][/quote]


                              I was there for that. High up in the bleachers, 12 years old, mom feeding me hot chocolate to keep warm. Quite the pitcher's duel. Tudor v. Darling. Only the 2nd game I ever wen to.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              I don't remember the circumstances to well, but I took my younger brother, I think his first baseball game ever.
                              We were high up top, former New Yorkers, and listening to the whole pond scum thing.

                              That thing was just a bomb, and with all the pond scum stuff I was up pumping my fist when he hit it, it was awesome.
                              [/b][/quote]

                              I thought you were a Braves fan?
                              [/b][/quote]
                              He is. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]
                              [/b][/quote]

                              Looks like he jumped from the Mets bandwagon to the Braves.
                              RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
                              You'll never be forgotten.

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