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Autographed Cardinals cap found on the side of the road

Nov 4, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Lost and Found

I just want to know what led to it being on the side of the road:

 A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan has found a 2011 World Series championship cap autographed by rival St. Louis Cardinals players – and he wants to give it back.  Joe Couri tells the Journal Star in Peoria he was driving along Interstate 74 in central Illinois when traffic backed up because of an accident. He says he saw the hat among debris on an off-ramp.

The cap was signed by David Freese, Yadier Molina, Jason Motte and one “unexpected player.”  The identity of the unexpected player is being held back because Mr. Couri is doing the noble thing and is going to return the cap to its owner if he or she can be found.  They’ll have to name the player or provide photo evidence that the cap is theirs to get it back.

Hmmm … unexpected player.  I’m going with Ernie Lombardi, Hall of Fame catcher for the World Champion 1940 Cincinnati Reds.  Now, can I have my hat back?

  1. umrguy42 - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    As much of a rivalry exists between our two fanbases… appreciate that this guy’s doing the right thing. Way to go!

    • whitecastleisafoodgroup - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      Call me shallow but I would have eBay’ed it :)

      • whitecastleisafoodgroup - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        @umrguy42 – By the by I did give your comment a thumbs up! Someone needs to be the bad guy here :/

    • Kyle - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      Yeah, class move by this guy. Thing could net some serious cash.

  2. Panda Claus - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Stan the Man is my guess. Pretty certain it wasn’t Dirk Nowitski.

    • umrguy42 - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      Hmm, “unexpected”… here’s a list:

      – Colby Rasmus
      – Chris Duncan
      – Rick Ankiel

      • kopy - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        Theoretically it could be any of these players (and still accurate with someone like Rasmus who left in the middle of the year) if somebody sewed a World Series Champions patch on an already-autographed hat from earlier in the year.

  3. 78mu - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    I would go with Ryan Franklin. No one expected the Cardinals to win the WS with him as the closer.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      I am with you 78. Ryan Franklin is my guess.

  4. skipperxc - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Mark McGwire?

  5. paperlions - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I think it’s a ruse, and the other player is Pujols

  6. transam7816 - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Mark McGwire. So glad he found my cap

  7. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    I bet it’s Nick Punto, because…well…Nick Punto?!

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Josh Hamilton.

  9. spudchukar - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Evan Longoria.

  10. foreverchipper10 - Nov 4, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Now I have the song “I Want My Hat Back” by Digger in my head. Gonna be there all night. Thanks gang.

  11. mdpickles - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    I know it says “unexpected player”, but I’m gonna go with Jose Oquendo.

  12. shawon0meter - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    nick punto

  13. cur68 - Nov 4, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I’ll take Nolan Ryan for $500, Alex…What? He used to play.

  14. jwbiii - Nov 4, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Mickey Lolich.

    • Ted - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      Always love a ’68 Tigers/Cardinals allusion.

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