The following story is true.
It can be verified by other people, including an employee of the Cardinals. And it probably would have been one of the all-time classics, if not, for you know, what happened.
I wasn't going to go. I had 2 standing room tickets to the game, but I also had a ticket to Game 7. If the Cardinals lost, well, I didn't want to see that. And if they won? I was in the door for Game 7. If not for my friend Bo literally flying in that morning from Denver to go to the game, I wasn't interested. In fact, I asked him If we should sell the tickets and make a little cash. He made it clear we were going to the game.
For all the games I've been to, including a previous World Series game, I'd never had standing room tickets. I figured we'd get in like 30 minutes before the game and be set. Turns out there are people that go in 2 hours before the game and lay down like they're in a coffin to protect spots for themselves and friends. Long story short, Bo and I were in the upper deck, RF, with an obstructed view when I started texting my other friend, who works for the Cardinals.
She tells us there are some spots to stand by the Bow Tie Bar in LF. We go and are thankful.
Cut to the top of the 5th. Bo and Cardinals friend decided to go to the bathroom. David Freese has just dropped the easiest fly ball of all time. And I'm apoplectic. I'm also kind of tipsy and convinced that my 'Freese is the new Buckner' line is pure comedy gold. I say it to a few people milling around and not much reaction. I say it again, louder, to no one in particular. I come with a third time to a lady walking by who seems to be as upset about the drop as I am.
"He'll make up for it."
Lady, no. You DON'T come back from errors like that. It's a sign. Everything that Freese has done to this point is moot. He'll be the guy that dropped that fly ball FOREVER.
"He's an awesome guy and he'll make up for it. I know it."
I don't give a sheeeeeeeet about how nice he is, who cares about how nice he is? Did you just see that drop? That's the most awful play in the history of this franchise.
"That's my brother."
Bo and Cardinals employee are walking back at this point. Want to know who I'm talking to. You know, just David Freese's sister. Yes, we asked for a driver's licence (name changed since marriage). Yes, now that you mention it, she does look like David. Yes, she did have seats, but was too nervous and needed to walk around. Yes, we're absolutely sure it was Pam, David Freese's sister.
Today, I say, Pam was more right than I ever could have imagined. David did more than make up for that drop and erase any thought of being called Buckner Jr.
I've told this story a handful of times, and trust me, it sounds pretty unbelievable to me that the one person wanting to argue about David Freese being the new Bill Buckner at Game 6 of the World Series was actually David Freese's sister.
But it's true. And it'll be one of the things I remember most about Game 6. I've never been so wrong.
And this is coming from a guy who tried to not go to the game in the first place.
I can confirm.
"Bill Buckner number 2! Bill Buckner number 2!" shouted ATHOOKS. We were stunned, how could this be happening again, and to OUR team?? I believe Pam spoke up right around "do you know how many times I've seen the Buckner clip in my lifetime!? ESPN is never going to let us forget this"
Pam's drivers license was moot being that she is married. Her friends contact list did indeed say Pam Freeze, and when she started rattling off her brothers life story and had a good explanation to why she was in standing room and not closer to the field I started getting that uneasy feeling in my stomach that happens when you talk shit on someone that you find out is standing right behind you.
Pam wasn't upset with us, didn't storm off, and graciously declined a drink offer. She was classy. And who takes a pull off of a strangers pocket bottle of Crown Royal anyway (sorry cardinals it was a long, expensive season).
I think they stuck around for maybe an inning and a half. The weird part, she was extremely composed, calm, like she knew what was coming. Surrounded by doubters and haters and somehow she knew Dave wasn't goin out like no punk bitch. She was right. Goddammit she was so effing right.
Haven't told the story in a while but I think tonight as I'm wandering around Soulard I might happen to mention to everyone around me know that yea....I watched game 6 with David "giant balls" Freeze's sister.
When I can back from taking a piss, and hooks filled me in on what was going on, my first thought was, yes, that is pure comedic gold. Then I was skeptical of this girl claiming to be freeze's sister. My next thought was, who the fuck would want to claim relation to david freeze after that error. Maybe she is his sister. Then I noticed how much she looked like freeze, but I still wasn't convinced. I said, "let's see some verification here." Pam's friend pulls out her phone and shows me Pam's name listed in her contacts. I believe it said "Pam (Freeze) blahblahblah." But I'm not 100% sure on that. Then I think I went to get a beer. That's all I got.
@athooks meeting him Saturday- would love to share this
@athooks I'm meeting David Freese on Saturday and would love to share this with him.