Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Changeups & Screwballs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Changeups & Screwballs

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They Weren't Hawking Jane Fonda Workout Videos

Life was getting a little weird Sunday afternoon on the streets of St. Louis. Our friends from the National Coalition On Racism In Sports In The Media staged a timely protest across from the Plaza of Champions.

(It's not just that the Braves still use a Native American nickname and mascot. That franchise beats the theme to death. Even the most politically incorrect observer would start to wince at all this after awhile.) One of the speakers waged a particularly shrill attack on the Atlanta Braves, piercing the blissful atmosphere outside Busch Stadium by barking insults into his megaphone. Some of his best shots at the Braves included: "You are going back to Atlanta losers, because racists are losers." "We don't want to see any Georgia crackers coming around here, any good ol' boys." "Where are all the tomahawk choppers, sneaking in the back door?" "You come around here with feathers in your hair, mocking the culture of the people who gave you your freedom." "Ted Turner made a lot of money on Indian land and now he mocks our culture." "You come around here with feathers in your hair, maybe you'll go flying out of here with feathers in your (back pocket)." And, finally: "This guy needs two right over there. Four tickets, right over there." New Meaning For The Phrase `Room Service' Two exhibitionists entertained fans waiting for the gates to open on the north side of Busch Stadium. The couple - who probably didn't meet in an adult Bible study class - drew big cheers from their Marriott Hotel window five levels up from the parking garage. The highlights included the guy standing up on the inside window ledge, wearing only a "Go Cards!" placard on the front, then him getting back on the ledge and letting the placard drop . . . only to expose shorts that he had slipped on. His significant other, perhaps jealous of his budding popularity, began pulling off her clothes as well. Let's just say between the two of them they crossed out of the PG-13 range and moved well into R with their antics. At least one video cameraman had his lens focused on their window during the matinee performance, so look for the new release "Steaming Hot Pennant Fever" coming to a video store near you. Comeback Of The Postseason Kathy Hanser, wife of Cardinals chairman Fred Hanser, had to be carried out of Busch Stadium in a neck brace after getting dive-bombed by a towering foul pop-up Saturday night. Did that make her squeamish about sitting in the front row again? No. She was back Sunday night - and this time she was wearing a ball glove supplied by helpful Cards equipment man Buddy Bates. Cards secretary-treasurer Andrew N. Baur felt terrible about the incident, which played out at arm's length from him. "I could see the ball was going to come down in front of me," Baur said. …

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