When two teams play each other 19 times during the Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season, you’d think there wouldn’t be any secrets between opposing sides when the postseason arrives. But, if you dig in to bat against a pitcher you haven’t seen before the result could be good or it it could be bad. In the case of my Cardinals, it was bad. Real bad.

Gerrit Cole | Photo ©2013 USATSIPittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, a rookie right hander who never faced St. Louis before, stymied the home team Redbirds the entire time he toed the rubber on Friday, and his shipmates turned Busch Stadium into the Barbary Coast, waiving the Jolly Roger as they evened the best-of-five National League Division Series (NLDS) 7-1.

The NLDS now moves to PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Let’s just hope the Cards don’t walk the plank in Sunday’s game-3 against the Bucs. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

Shall we head upstairs to hear the PA announcer’s lineup call?

“Coming out of the oven in the number-3 slot is a Red October Pizza that can muscle its way around la tavola: The Matt Holliday Hammerin’ Ham and Tomatoes in Bell Pepper Sauce.”

Matt Holliday | Photo ©AP/Jeff RobersonThis is a flatbread pie that’s befitting a Silver Slugger Award winner: built from the ground up and hearty. We start with one large Piadina Romagna covered in creamy smooth Stracchino cheese that’s coated in a rich bell pepper sauce. On top, thin slices of roasted premium ham, vine-ripened cherry tomato halves and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. 

Just like Matt Holliday, The Stillwater Stinger, his namesake pie is a real crowd pleaser when it comes to the plate.

And, we’ll waive this Red October Pizza home with a great tasting ruby-red wine: Cantina Velenosi’s Rosso Piceno DOC from the Marche region of central Italy.

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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