What a great start to the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason and the Red October Pizza.

Red October Pizza - Adam Wainwright - ©2012 Sarah Glenn-Getty ImagesMy high-flyin’ St. Louis Cardinals did a number on the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night, winning easily 9-1 behind the masterful arm of pitcher Adam Wainwright and timely hitting and great fielding from the rest of the Redbirds.

One down and two more wins to go.

For Friday’s National League Division Series game-2 lineups, let’s go upstairs to the PA announcer…

“Coming out of the oven as our number-2 Red October Pizza is a flatbread pie that has smokin’ power to all parts of the table. It’s The Carlos Beltrán Smoked Mozzarella and Peperoni.”

Red October Pizza - Carlos Beltran | ©2013 AP Photo/Jeff RobersonIt’s an oval befitting of StL’s Puerto Rican-born “Mister October,” with a smooth pesto genovese base coat covering the flatbread surface, topped with a sprinkling of dried hot red pepper flakes, thick rounds of mozzarella di bufala affumicata (smoked mozzarella cheese), and interspersed with slices of grilled sweet bell peppers and toasted black olives.

Like Carlos Beltrán, his namesake pie is a real home run when delivered belt-high.

And, we’ll coach this Red October Pizza around your palate with a great tasting vino rosso: Cantina Maculan’s Pinot Nero from the vineyards of Breganze, Italy.

As the late Cardinal’s Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Jack Buck used to say after every Redbirds’ victory, “That’s a winner!”

PLAY BALL!  GO CARDS!

TPT's Borsalino & Ballcap

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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