The day after the Giants beat St. Louis in Game 7 of the NLCS, I told my son to go upstairs and pick out a Cardinals T-shirt to wear to school.
“But dad,” he said, “they lost.”
It was time for a lesson in loyalty.
So while he ate a slice of banana bread, I talked to him about standing by his team, about how it’s easy to wear that shirt after a win, but true fans put it on after a loss, even after a loss that sends your team home. You can be sad, you can be mad, you can be both, but you can’t stop being a fan. It’s an everyday job.
Then I asked him if he had any questions. He asked if he could have another piece of banana bread.
And now, the 10 from Ben:
1. Did you see what Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson did to Ohio State QB Braxton Miller? I kept seeing that violent takedown as I watched Game 7. The Giants caught the Cardinals, slammed them down and sent them back to St. Louis, where they’re probably being checked for broken bones, ruptured organs and concussions. The 9-0 victory was fitting, because if we’ve learned anything since last September it’s that the Cardinals won’t die unless you rip out their hearts, toss them in a food processor and feed them to hyenas.
2. I’m happy for Marco Scutaro, who gets to play in the World Series for the first time. The guy has been a good, dependable ballplayer since breaking into the majors in 2002, he was the MVP of the NLCS (he hit .500 in the series) and he didn’t say a word after Matt Holliday’s takeout slide in Game 2. He let his bat and his glove speak for him. He’s a class act.
3. If I’m making a list of reasons why the Cardinals lost, I’m starting with this: In their four losses, Holliday and Allen Craig went 4 for 27. Together they drove in one run, struck out six times and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.