BG: Hi Ghostrunner… My favorite Cardinals moments are probably the same as most Cards’ fans – Pujols’ homer off Lidge, Ankiels’ triumphant return, and of course our run in 2006. Wainwright vs. Beltran was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been while watching a sporting event. I called my dad as Beltran was walking to the plate and I misdialed his number b/c my fingers were literally shaking too much. When Wainwright froze Beltran for the last out the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders.Ghostrunner wrote: What are your favorite Cardinal moments (or favorite players) since you quit writing Redbird Nation in 2005? Any disappointments?
As for disappointments, oddly enough the winter of 2006 was a bit of a letdown – a little bit of postpartum depression, perhaps, but probably more that the rest of the baseball world seemed so unimpressed by our championship. That was a weird time, and it just continued into 2007 – the awful start, Carpenter missing the season, the death of Hancock, the Encarnacion injury, Spiezio entering rehab. I didn’t expect a ton out of the Cards that season, but I certainly didn’t expect so much darkness.
How bout these casting choices?On the blog, you had an entry for casting "Redbirds: The Movie." My favorite being Julia Stiles as Scott Rolen. Any new suggestions for the current crop?
Skip Schumaker: Seann William Scott
Rick Ankiel: Kenny Chesney
Khalil Greene: Jeff Spiccoli (sorry, that’s a gimme)
Chris Duncan: The giant from Disney’s cartoon “Mickey and the Beanstalk”
Ryan Ludwick: Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Adam Wainwright: Pablo Schreiber
Chris Carpenter: John Doe, from the rock band X
Colby Rasmus: Grimace (the McDonald’s character)
Kyle Lohse: Randy Flores
I actually wrote a chapter on Curt Flood for the Maple Street Press’ 2009 Cardinals Annual, which is a terrific book put together by Larry Borowsky (of Viva El Birdos fame).I've always thought Curt Flood's bio would make for an interesting film or TV movie. As a screenwriter, are there any stories or published Cardinal-related books you think would make good movie material?
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EDIT - Thought I'd put a link here for anyone interested in the book. I know we have a lot of fans of Brian and Larry's here. - ghostrunner
Flood’s story is fascinating, but it’s so murky and inconclusive that it’d take real writing chops to shape it into a movie.
As for more Cards-related movie material, Halberstam’s October 1964 is a little simplified, but it could make a decent movie. A character study of Rick Ankiel would be interesting. But I most love to see a movie about Chris von der Ahe, the Cards’ owner in the 1880s and ‘90s, an eccentric Barnumesque huckster who supposedly invented the World Series. The dude was bonkers.