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And Another Thing

Associated Press

Can you hear me now?

Well, this has to be one of the weirder chapters in World Series history.

Really? The crucial Game 5 turns on the fact that not once, but twice, Tony La Russa calls down to the bullpen for closer Jason Motte, and they get the wrong guy up to warm up?

Apparently the Cardinals' ptiching coach was kidnapped and replaced by your 91-year-old Grandpa, the stubborn one who refuses to put in his hearing aids.

LaRussa: "Get Motte up."

Grandpa: "Mop up? Sure, I can mop up."

LaRussa: "No, MOTTE. I want Motte."

Grandpa: "Yeah, well, I'd like to be able to tie a knot, too, but this doggone arthur-itis pains me sumpin' fierce anymore."

LaRussa (exasperated): "MY CLOSER!! GET ME MY CLOSER!!""

Grandpa: "OK, OK! Don't understand why you took 'em off to begin with!"

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