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Gibson, Sutter and Wainwright to throw out first pitch

Oct 19, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

Bob Gibson

This is pretty spiffy:  the ceremonial first pitch — make that “pitches” —  tonight in St. Louis will be thrown by Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Adam Wainwright.  The significance: they threw the final pitches in each of the Cardinals’ last four World Series-clinching games. Gibson in 1964 and 1967, Sutter in 1982 and Wainwright in 2006.

Personally, I find it totally classless that they didn’t invite back Harry Brecheen, who did the honors in 1946.

What?  Well heck, why doesn’t anyone tell me these things.

  1. mdpickles - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Harry Brecheen is my neighbor, and he too thinks it is classless.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Why don’t they have the squirrel throw out the first pitch? Seems more appropriate.

    • umrguy42 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      ‘Cepts, he’s scheduled for Game 2.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      Certainly NOT more appropriate than haveing these (3) studs throw out the first pitch. But I like your idea nonetheless. Fear the Squirrel!

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

        Studs? What do their gorgeous looks have to do with anything?

  3. thefalcon123 - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    I would have gone with Jason Marquis, Danny Cox, John Tudor and Bob Gibson personally.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      Or Donovan Osbourne, but then the Cardinals would just be down six runs before the game even starts.

      • cur68 - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        TLR is keepin those guys in reserve; he’ll pull a triple switch once the catchers have been selected, thus foxing everyone.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      For those unaware, these were the losing pitcher’s in the deciding game of the Cards last four WS losses (04, 87, 85, 68).

  4. bigxrob - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Craig,
    Instead of siting in your basement blogging, wouldn’t your time be better served patrolling the perimeter of the Calcaterra estate with Mookie’s ray gun fending off all of the exotic animals?

    • El Bravo - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      It’s down to one mountain lion and a monkey or still on the lam, I believe. Pun intentional.

  5. 78mu - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Will they bring out George Scott, Gorman Thomas and Brandon Inge to swing and miss at the pitches?

  6. Kyle - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    This is indeed, pretty spiffy. Cool idea by the Cardinals.

  7. spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Here’s to next year having a fourth player to toss out the ceremonial first pitch of the WS. And “The Cat” will be there in spirit anyway.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      You put up with an unnecessary amount of crap during the regular season posting Spud. Enjoy the W.S, best of luck.

      • spudchukar - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        Thanks, mighty kind. And good luck Sunday.

  8. okwhitefalcon - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Not a bad line up for first pitch honors, pretty damn impressive.

    And what did the Brewers roll out in the LCS, a clubbie dressed up in a furry outfit.

    Oh the irony…

  9. hotkarlsandwich - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    It’s a good thing they aren’t bringing in Rick Ankiel to pitch…

    • 78mu - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Maybe TLR is just putting out Gibson, Sutter and Waino in the media so there’s no pressure on Ankiel until he brings him out for the first pitch.

      Or maybe Tony is adding Ankiel to the bullpen. Part of the 24 pitchers and Pujols dream.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Ank would be fine, just have it throw it from deep center.

  10. browngoat25 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    I just hope wainright doesnt hurt his arm again.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Outstanding! Let’s hope this rubs off on this years Pitchers…karma…karma…karma.

  12. miketreedy - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    If these guys were pitching games 2-4 the Cards might have a chance to win the series.

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