Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Where were you?

Big League Stew is counting up the top record-breaking and playoff home runs in the 2000s. Where does the Pujols/Lidge homer stand? Number three...

If you hadn't watched this one live, it'd be hard to believe that a three-run home run in Game 5 of the '05 NLCS could be ranked this high, especially when the Cardinals were eliminated in Game 6. But those who bore witness to Pujols' home run will still be talking about it 50 years from now. The hit was equal parts majesty (it hit near the train tracks atop Minute Maid Park) and devastation (Astros fans were one strike away from getting to celebrate the franchise's first World Series berth at home) and it still causes most fans to curse in amazement upon seeing the replay. The ball traveled so high and far that even the Astros made a joke to Lidge that they could see it outside their plane windows on the flight after the game. Quite simply a Hall of Fame moment for a Hall of Fame player.

Interestingly, the Astros figure in three of the top 10 moments. At #4 is the Podsednik Walk-Off in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, and Chris Burke rounded out the list at #10 with the 18th-inning home run.

But for me, the most memorable home run in Astros history is the Pujols homer. I was in my lucky stance (in the kitchen, looking at the tv over the sink, hands clasped behind my head, and swaying left-to-right), waiting to celebrate the Astros' first trip to the World Series. Instead, as soon as the ball left Pujols' bat I crumpled to the floor, only to get up and vomit in the sink (true story. Ask La Constabless.) I didn't see the ball land until SportsCenter the next morning, after I had called in sick to work.

So, let's do this. Where were you when Pujols hit The Home Run?

Update: C70 at the Bat is referring to this heartbreaking poem.

7 comments:

Cardinal70 said...

Honestly? I never saw it.

Playoffs always make me nervous, and I tend to flip channels when the stress level gets high. But I also think I had to help do something, because I know I didn't know AP was coming up.

I turned it back on minutes later, expecting to see the Astros celebrating, and I vividly remember seeing the camera focused on Pujols--in the field. It took me a moment to realize the Cards were leading and it wasn't long after that when I saw the replays.

Of course, I did get this out of it:

http://www.cardinal70.com/pujols.php

JLC said...

At MMP. Unforgettable moment -- I think the sound was the most stunning part. Nearly 40,000 went from screaming their lungs out to dead silent in a split second. Unreal.

Jason Cardwell said...

At Willy Nelson's studio recording and album with my band at the time. It was right before I had to record vocals. I couldn't believe it.

The Constable. said...

@Cardwell Hang on. You can't just drop "Willie Nelson's studio", "my band", and "vocals" and not give some explanation. So, you want to give us a link, or something?

The Constable. said...

Oh, and I didn't see Andy Pettitte mouth "Oh my gosh" until about a week later. Now, it's all I see...

Spruce said...

I was pacing my living room when Pujols came up to bat. I looked at my wife and said, "He's about to hit a home run."

I watched that at bat knowing in my heart what the outcome was going to be. So, when it happened, I turned off the TV without another word to my wife. I walked into my bedroom, climbed into bed and went to sleep. I couldn't watch any more. I had nothing left.

Jason Cardwell said...

My old band, "Rigg", was at Pedernales Studio (owned by willy), recording our first and only album. We were a thrash metal band with a southern tinge. We broke up after the recording because our producer made us all hate it lol. But if you want to hear any of it, here is a link. Be gentle. Heheh http://www.myspace.com/riggmetal