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They’re holding a press conference about the Busch Stadium squirrel

Oct 6, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

A squirrel runs behind Philadelphia Phillies Polanco to cause a stop in play during Game 3 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the St. Louis Cardinals

We haven’t been posting as much as usual today. Just not a lot happening as four of the six teams still playing in the division series are travelling and the other two are getting ready to play tonight. ¬†Baseball is gonna happen and happen in a big way the next two nights, but right now it’s the calm before the storm.

So it makes perfect sense that the biggest thing going on today is that they are — really —¬†having a press conference in St. Louis regarding the squirrel(s) that have disrupted the last two games of the Cardinals-Phillies series.

No word if La Russa will appear at the presser to explain how the squirrel cost the Cardinals Game 3.

  1. cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    SquirrellGate; it is out term gentlemen. Lets go to press with it before anyone else, eh?

    • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      I wonder what kind of fur bearer that would’ve been if the game had been played in Toronto. Hmmmmm….

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        In downtown Toronto it is raccoons. Beavers can be seen in their glory by the water.

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        To be fair, Rogers Centre isn’t that far from the water….

      • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM

        I was going to say “Arctic Fox” but I suppose raccoon makes more sense. Also, if that had been a beaver it would have attacked someone. Probably Hernandez. Little known fact; beaver’s are vicious.

      • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Oh, & BTW: Sciurus carolinensis don’t care.

      • ditto65 - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        A Formula 1 driver did have a violent wreck when he hit – not a beaver or squirrel, but, a GROUND HOG. You know, like Ground Hog Day. Rodents of all tyes can wreak havoc on the Canadian people.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Outstanding. Rally Squirrel!

  3. halladaysbiceps - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Thank god we won’t have to deal with that damn squirrel in game 5. Now, a fan running on the field and being tasered, that’s another thing…

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Hahaha…yeah really. Let’s hope the “fans” leave the laser pointers at home as well.

  4. El Bravo - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    How do we get both teams to lose this series? Thoughts?

    • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Really El Bravo, really? That requires thought? Its so easy a solution my hind brain came up with it while the rest of me was idling away the time thinking of Tiffany’s belly dance with Jessica Alba.

      The solution is simple; have Air Bud there at the game. Tony’ll run through all his pitchers and be considering activating himself as a pinch runner. Bud won’t want to see that so he’ll declare the game a draw and both teams will thus lose, as neither side could proceed to the NLCS. The NLCS champ will be who ever wins out between the Brewers & D-Backs.

      Simple, eh?

      • El Bravo - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM

        Wow, if that is one or your “hind brain” thoughts, I’m very interested (and terrified) to hear more about your frontal lobe ideas….

      • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        *puffs out chest, struts around like a twit*

        Oh, you couldn’t handle the frontal lobes….

  5. bravesman1983 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    The squirrels are out to get Tony La Russa.

    • b7p19 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      It took me 8 years of institutionally monitered threrapy paid for by the tax payers to say this, but I believe it 100%:

      Squirrels do not Stalk, Hunt, or otherwise conspire against human beings.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Classic! Thanks B.

      • ditto65 - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        Bt it sure seems like they do…

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      But you have it backasswards Bravesman. They aren’t out to get TLR. TLR is responsible for the squirrels. It is all TLR’s fault.

      • paperlions - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        It isn’t the squirrels fault, he thought he was in a double switch with Skip…it is easy to get confused trying to follow all of the moves some times.

        Oswalt wasn’t arguing for a do-over of the pitch, he wanted an out for batting out of order.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        Of course. LaRussa is a PETA guy. He loves all animals. Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s been feeding the squirrels before games.

  6. yankeesfanlen - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    It’s the progeny of the 2008 Old Yankee Stadium squirrel and he better get to Philly post haste!

    • b7p19 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      I hope it was a flying squirrel. It wouldn’t have a chance on foot…

      • natstowngreg - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        The Flying Squirrels are in Richmond. Maybe they can get to New York in time.

  7. 18thstreet - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Poor Posnanski.

  8. cogitobaseballergosum - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    More likely, TLR is off trying to figure out how to sign that squirrel to a long-term deal. He’s small, but he’s scrappy.

    And he’d only cost peanuts.

  9. thefrenchyconnection - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    This is just nuts!!!

  10. Jonny 5 - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Mozeliak: (whispering) Uhh we couldn’t swing it Tony. (more unintelligible whispering) Tony looking dejected
    Larussa: Alright, release the dang squirrel! Again!

  11. sdelmonte - Oct 6, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Baseball fans have now lost the right to mock Super Bowl Media Day.

  12. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    The squirrel is gray. So, is he scrappy and gritty or athletic and naturally talented?

    Either way, squirrels are the new market inefficiency.

  13. Old Gator - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Mousse and Squirrel:

    1 3/4 cups whipping cream
    12 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
    3 ounces espresso or strong coffee
    1 tablespoon dark rum
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon flavorless, granulated gelatin
    1 squirrel, skinned, boned (ie, bones removed) and cleaned (save ears for decoration and fur for a merken)


    Chill 1 1/2 cups whipping cream in refrigerator. Chill metal mixing bowl and mixer beaters in freezer.

    In top of a double boiler, combine chocolate chips, coffee, rum and butter. Melt over barely simmering water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat while a couple of chunks are still visible. Cool, stirring occasionally to just above body temperature.

    Pour remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream into a metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin. Allow gelatin to “bloom” for 10 minutes. Then carefully heat by swirling the measuring cup over a low gas flame or candle. Do not boil or gelatin will be damaged. Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.

    In the chilled mixing bowl, beat cream to medium peaks. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining whipped cream in two doses. There may be streaks of whipped cream in the chocolate and that is fine. Do not over work the mousse.

    Puree squirrel. Whisk into chocolate cream mixture.

    Spoon into bowls or martini glasses and chill for at least 1 hour. When set, garnish with ears and serve.

    (If mousses are to be refrigerated overnight, chill for one hour and then cover each with plastic wrap)

    • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      Gator, what are we, barbarians? Serve with wine, man. I suggest a cabernet or cab-sav if we go with dark chocolate. Lighter the chocolate, the more French the wine. No guzzling, either.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM

        Cur, seriously, and not even cooked puree of squirrel??? Dang that’s just too “middle ages” for my liking.

      • cur68 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        Cooking just toughens the squirrel meat. No one wants a tough mousse.

      • chadh88 - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:30 PM

        Just BBQ the squirrel legs and serve with PBR or Jack Daniels.

        And yes, I have had this particular meal a few times in my life. (minus the alcohol)

      • Old Gator - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        You may know the right wine, but I’ve got the Lektor.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        Bet Boris & Natasha wouldn’t know the right wine.

      • ditto65 - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:45 PM

        If squirrel is unavailable, substitute rat.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

      Wow…that is a whole lot of effort Gator. I appreciate your hard work.

    • Gamera the Brave - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      Merken Valdez pitched for the Giants a couple of years ago.
      Oh, wait… Wrong spelling. It’s “Merkin”.
      Either way, bummer of a first name…

      • jwbiii - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM’s White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin agrees with you.

        (I was banned from MLBTradeRumors a few years ago for explaining to someone that “Merkin” had nothing to do with Mercury outboard motors.)

  14. mikedi33 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    The stupid squirrel already has his own twitter account and has already tweeted that Charlie is too old to shoot him.

  15. Jonny 5 - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    How much do you wanna bet some Philly fans start throwing stuffed squirrels at LaRussa for pitching changes 3-10?

    • halladaysbiceps - Oct 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      Dan Baker, Philadelphia PA Announcer before Game 5 start:

      “Any Squirrel caught running onto the field will be shot with a friggin taser.”

  16. paperlions - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Gray squirrel on roster >>>> Corey Patterson

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Hahaha! I don’t know which is funnier…the comment with the squirrel and Skip double switching or the fact that the Squirrel is better than Corey Patterson. Well done Paper…well done.

    • paperlions - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      I had no idea Corey’s mom AND dad read HBT. Who knew?

  17. jwbiii - Oct 6, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    No clip of the squirrel at the press conference?

  18. cintiphil - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Sorry to say, that all you guys is wrong. This squirrel is a distant cousin of the bird Dave Winfield murdered. Remember that one? Well if he saw anything like it about to happen at this contest, he was ready to attack the perp! And that’s what happened! Or not.

  19. b7p19 - Oct 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Will he be taking questions or just making a statement?

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