What do St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and Vanilla Ice have in common? Well, they both know what it's like to be on top of the world, then have that moment snatched away.
For Wacha, that was the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals, before Ryan Zimmerman came up to bat with two outs and broke up his no hitter. For Mr. Ice, that was when "Ice Ice Baby" hit No. 1 in 1990, before he eventually became a punchline and made things like "Cool As Ice."
As you've probably seen by now, Wacha — a 22-year-old rookie — came within inches of finishing off the no-hitter. Now, he's just another dude with a one-hitter. He now joins Yu Darvish and Yusmeiro Petit as pitchers this season who had no-hitters or perfect games broken up with two outs in the ninth.
So maybe what Busch Stadium DJ Damon Oliver did on Wednesday would make Wacha smile. Oliver played all one-hit wonders during the 4-1 win against the Nats, a silly nod to Wacha. And, yes, Vanilla Ice was on the playlist.
1. Banditos - The Refreshments. 2. Mickey - Toni Basil. 3. Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners. 4. 500 Miles - The Proclaimers.
— Damon Oliver (@damonoliver) September 25, 2013
5. Roll To Me - Del Amitri. 6. Ice Ice Crappy - Vanilla Ice. 7. Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas. 8. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne. — Damon Oliver (@damonoliver) September 25, 2013
Now, feel free to jam along with these tunes while sitting at your desk or staring at your mobile Internet-surfing device.
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