The St. Louis Cardinals World Series Parade, in Pictures…

31
Oct
2011

A lot has happened over the past 48 hours.  A lot.

While Tony La Russa’s retirement will be the central topic of conversation for the next few days, it will slowly morph into Albert Pujols’ pending free agency and how both storylines are dependent or independent.  One thing is certain: we shouldn’t allow these narratives to overshadow what happened this past weekend.  Namely, this organization’s 11th World Championship on Friday and a World Series parade to boot in downtown St. Louis on Sunday afternoon.

World Series parades are at the top of MLB career objectives, and it’s no different around the JoeSportsFan corporate offices.  You see, for an event of this magnitude, fans deliver the crazy.  Reach into the toy chest and pull out some magic.  This is the apex.  Be seen.  Be heard.  Be crazy.  Below were some of our favorite moments (you know, other than the parade itself).

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This fan is holding a sign that translates to, “All Hail Latinos”.  Without question, the impetus for this sign was to earn an approving finger-point from Molina, Pujols, Jay, Dotel or any of the other 73 Latinos on the Cardinals roster this year.

One thing is for sure, someone should tell this amigo that all los cardinales face paint logos aren’t created equal.  Lo siento, but that’s an Arizona Cardinals logo.

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The whole Rally Squirrel thing has jumped the shark’s shark.  And then back over again.  Sort of like Double Dutch.  Given that the parade marked the official end of 2011, we thought we had seen it all in the realm of featured rodents.  Guess again.  There’s only one thing that could make the Rally Squirrel more played: adding it to one of those “got (noun)” shirts.

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Fan signs were in full force at the World Series parade on Sunday.  This man coupled a sign pun with a complementary costume.  You see, it’s funny because he’s dressed as a monkey and talking about bananas.

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An influx of fans in one location also means an increase in merchandise vendors.  This Muslim gentleman was trying to move some World Series t-shirts.  Although, he wasn’t having much success – which is hard to understand.  St. Louis is so accepting of other cultures.

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Not a big fan of religious activists because they’re usually just looking for trouble, but this fan sign is just tremendous.  Our scouts tell us Jesus had one heck of a curveball.

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This parade car featured various Cardinals broadcasters from Fox Sports Midwest and KMOX.  Ricky Horton, Mike Claiborne, Al Hrabosky.  You can’t see if from our angle, but we can promise that Dan McLaughlin was not driving.   Thank goodness for all.

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We pause to give you a snark-free photo of the festivities from our location at 8th and Clark St.  Hey, it turns out we can take photos of more than mustaches, mullets and absurd fan jerseys.   Who knew?

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The Cardinals parade could have very well been sponsored by Apple.  It seemed every player, friend and family member inside the trucks were recording their perspective from an iPhone.  But not Mark McGwire.  No no.  He was taking pictures and videos from an iPad.  And why not?  After all, an iPad is really just an iPhone that’s been on a few cycles of horse steroids.

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Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn was the only player that had more people inside the truck than in the truck bed with him.  We’re not going to say that he has body odor issues, but we will remind you that we like relievers that care very little about personal hygiene because they’re usually nutty enough to sling back and dominate in this league.  And we really like Lance Lynn.

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We don’t appreciate one of Pujols’ kids giving us the evil eye, and we couldn’t help but notice that they’re wearing denim jackets with custom “PUJOLS 5″ logos.  Yeah, these upcoming negotiations with the Cardinals 1B should be a lot of fun and totally not ego-driven.

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More evil looks; this time from a grown man dressed as a squirrel, who received his own float in a World Series parade.  The speakers are covered because squirrels aren’t domesticated.  Duh.

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We’ve all but exhausted the Freese puns floating around the nation lately, but the fan sign below (on bottom) was worth noting.  Fact: references to Vanilla Ice are the keys to our heart.

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More David Freese signage.  This time, to profess love for the Cardinals 3B over another local athlete that had no chance of appearing on a float at a Cardinals World Series parade.  But, hey.  Noted.  You prefer one athlete over another athlete and have no chance with either.  Crystal clear.

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Fan signs are the best when they’re simple, concise and pointed.  The sign below is all three.  Tremendous.  And no, it wouldn’t be as funny without the smiley face.  Love it.

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We end with an answer to the question that we get asked the most often: what was the most random jersey you saw?  Competition was stiff, but we’re going with the jersey below.

Why, you ask?  First and foremost, this was a Cardinals event.  Actually, on the hierarchy of “Cardinals Events”, it’s probably at the top.  And sure, there was a Rams game, in town, right before the parade began.  But, still.  A Joe Namath Rams jersey?  He played one freaking season (out of thirteen) for the LOS ANGELES Rams.  Joe Namath is a New York Jet.

That’s like wearing a Tino Martinez Cardinals jersey to a New York Giants Super Bowl parade.

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