Barack, Boos and Bud: Baseball in Limbo
ST. LOUIS -- They booed Barack Obama and cheered the two Bushes, which is everything you need to know about this city. They also trotted out every conceivable element of baseball-meets-Americana imagery, from syrupy music to Cardinals nostalgia to the very nice touch of All-Star players sharing hugs with heroes of community service. This was an obvious appeal to the country's collective heart, gathering the living ex-presidents to issue video reminders of the sport's importance.
And through it all Tuesday night, a recurring thought kept hammering my brain in Busch Stadium.
They were trying WAY ... TOO ... HARD.