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Thomas C. Reed, the former campaign manager and Secretary of the Air Force during the Ronald Reagan administration, spoke to students about his experiences at a lecture held in Sid Richardson Hall on Thursday evening. According to Reed, the stereotype of Reagan being a “dumb actor” is incorrect, considering Reagan’s mental abilities.
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Despite the stereotype as a “dumb actor,” former President Ronald Reagan’s greatest legacy was advancing the end of the Cold War, according to Reagan’s former campaign manager.

At the Clements Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft on Tuesday, Thomas Reed, former Secretary of the Air Force, gave insight into Reagan’s “immensely active and smart” mind.

“The most hard to believe, hard to comprehend thing about Ronald Reagan was his mind was immense, and it would rapidly process information at a pace you could not believe,” Reed said.

During Reagan’s gubernatorial campaigns in the mid-’60s and early ’70s, Reed served as Reagan’s campaign manager, and later, in the ’80s, as a special assistant to Reagan for national security.

According to Reed, Reagan was devoid of political ambition and found the perks of power humorous. Reagan’s ambition came from his wife, according to Reed, and without her, he never would have been president.

“He basically didn’t have this burning desire [of] ‘I’ve got to be governor. I’ve got to be president,’” Reed said. “He knew what he believed, and he decided he felt that he needed to display leadership. And yet, amazingly, the reverse of that coin is, once in a contest of any sort, losing was absolutely unacceptable. He was the toughest competitor that any of us ever saw.”

History graduate student Emily Whalen said, despite Reagan’s domestic and foreign policy achievements, her biggest takeaway from the lecture was what Reed really experienced during the Reagan administration — the beginning actions that precipitated the end of the Cold War.

“I think a lot of analysis now of Reagan does sort of play into that ‘dumb actor’ narrative, so it is really refreshing to hear a different perspective and to hear that he was really actually a very engaged and deep thinker,” Whalen said.

Government sophomore Jeremy Cana said he thinks Reagan’s personality and charisma helped influence his success as president.

“A lot of [Reagan’s] policies led to a lot of what the country’s facing today, but I recognize that there’s a lot to learn from him,” Cana said. “He was a great, charismatic figure. He inspired people to do a lot things — that in itself is important, I think, the ability to inspire.”

I visited the Chick-fil-A on MLK Boulevard this past Saturday.  My friend and I noticed that we were charged $0.30 over the posted price.  While this isn't a large sum of money, it doesn't reflect a ~7% overcharge to the consumer.  The manager had previous knowledge of this pricing discrepancy and acknowledged the fact that we were overcharged.  He made no effort to provide an explanation for the situation and instead offered to refund our credit card the $0.30.

Just thought this might be something that the UT students would be interested in knowing about a frequently visited food establishment.  I have no idea how long this discrepancy has been in place, but I'd imagine quite a few students have been overcharged there.  

— A Chick-fil-A customer.

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Texas baseball head coach Augie Garrido is a rarity for a manager — he likes to entertain. 

Couple that with his constant ability to produce winners, and it puts him in the conversation as one of the top college baseball coaches of all time.

Perhaps the most endearing, or notable, aspect of Garrido is his quick wit and matching personality. Garrido delivers one-liners with the best of them. Here are five quotes, or “Augieisms,” from Garrido this season that best define him.  

Age

“I used to have the body of a Greek God. Now, I’ve got the body of a goddamn Greek.” 

Garrido isn’t a youngster anymore. He turned 75 on Feb. 6 and is in his 46th season as a head coach. That’s 48 years removed from his playing days at Fresno State and in the Cleveland Indians minor league system. 

Time may melt, but it has been kind to Garrido. He owns the college baseball wins record, five National Championships and six National Coach of the Year honors.  

“The only thing 1,894 wins proves is that you’re old,” Garrido said after setting the mark in a win against Texas State on March 25.

Garrido knows he’s old, but he isn’t ready to give up the game.

“I like what I do,” Garrido said. “I look forward to doing it. That’s where the reward lies.” 

Wit

Reporter at opening press conference: “How are you doing?”

Garrido: “I’m not telling you anything.”

Most of the time, Garrido enjoys speaking with the media. It is often tough to get coaches to open up, but not Garrido. He talks. And talks. And talks.

But ask questions carefully. He’s always ready to deliver a clever retort. 

“Tell me about Lubbock,” a reporter asked before the Texas Tech series. Garrido responded: “I hear they have a lot of good restaurants.”

When asked at the first practice how the team looks, he said, “Good so far, unscored upon.”

Augie Ball

“There are three parts to our game: get on base, advance runner, score runners.”

That defines “Augie Ball.” 

He developed the philosophy early in his coaching career at Sierra High School, a team that struggled to hit.

“I had to find some way to get the ball in play,” Garrido said. “You can bunt for a base hit to advance runners and to score runners.” 

He references 2013 national champion UCLA and World Series champion Boston Red Sox as models for his team this year. Both won it all with low batting averages but took advantage of
their opportunities.

“Runs determine the outcome of the game, not hits,” Garrido said.

As of April 20, Texas leads the nation with 63 sacrifice bunts.

“[You] got to get the bunt down anytime,” Garrido said. “The scope of our offensive game is good enough to beat anyone. We just have to execute. We aren’t anxious to make a lot of changes.”

Mental Toughness

“It’s the players’ minds and their ability to use them. That’s what makes the use of a bat, a ball and a glove, brilliant.”

This offseason, Texas did not spend much time as a team in the cages or working on its defense. Rather, Garrido had them work on a bigger issue.

“We spent all fall attacking our biggest problem from last year: the word ‘entitlement.’”

Garrido is adamant about the importance of the mental side of the game. 

“They’ve been tested and the weaker and self-centered mentalities are gone,” Garrido said. 

For a group that finished 27-24-1 last season, it may not have been what they wanted to hear. But they embraced Garrido’s methods.  

“[He’s helped us on] being mentally tough,” sophomore outfielder Ben Johnson said. “He is also very inspiring. He can convince you to run through a brick wall.”

After mastering what Garrido calls “the art of losing the one-run game” last season, Texas baseball is 8-2 in those games this year and 3-0 in games that go into extra innings.

Life

“Baseball is nothing more than another classroom in the educational process. Really, baseball is a metaphor for life.”

Garrido has developed 119 major league players and 16 of them were selected in the first round of the draft.

He has coached 52 All-Americans, four national players of the year, six College World Series MVPs, one Rhodes Scholar and four academic All-Americans at Texas.

But Garrido says baseball is more than laying down bunts and hitting the cutoff man. He wants his players to develop skills for life. 

“Baseball offers the opportunity to communicate on how to solve problems,” Garrido said. “That’s what matters. Baseball is a game of failure. Some of that is in life too.”

Not only does Garrido teach life lessons, but he says he builds relationships with his players. 

“I recognize realities of where we are, what we are doing, problems they have,” Garrido said. “It’s about keeping the game fun. There is so much failure in baseball, you have to help
them release.”

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UT alumnus Matt Muir’s new film “Thank You a Lot” is a fun, winsome example of the collaborative relationships formed in the school’s Master of Fine Arts program. The film follows Jack (Blake DeLong), an unsuccessful music promoter, through the Austin music scene as he struggles to sign his estranged father to a recording contract. As he attempts to convince his father to return to the studio, he confronts long-standing issues he has with his family and himself about his failings as a manager.

Muir’s first film is an entertaining exploration of a man scrambling to stay ahead of rapidly deteriorating circumstances. Muir pulled double duty as director and screenwriter, but he also enlisted some of his peers from the UT MFA Film and Media Production program to work on the film. 

“I had a really good group of classmates that I was in there with,” Muir said. “We started great relationships there and continue them to this day with our professional experiences.”

Production Designer Caroline Karlen studied alongside Muir at UT and introduced him to his producing partner Chris Ohlson. Both worked with him on “Thank You a Lot.” 

“I graduated from the MFA program in 2005,” Muir said. “It was a great way to engage with an incredible group of creative people who are always kind of making stuff constantly and working on each other’s projects.” 

This is Muir’s second submission to SXSW. His short film “Sons of the Rodeo” screened at SXSW in 2005.

“Thank You a Lot” is akin to Robert Altman’s “Nashville,” an influence Muir identified. Music is a driving force in these characters’ lives, but in a way that feels measured and nuanced rather than saccharine. 

Jack’s life revolves around music, but it is his relation to the musicians in the movie that matters. Muir wrote Jack’s role with DeLong, a friend and frequent collaborator, in mind. DeLong’s charming dopeyness, which is visible when he swings his body across a bar or slouches into a board meeting, makes his character more relatable. Veteran actor Sonny Carl Davis delivers a lived-in, remarkable performance as Frank, Jack’s father’s manager and oldest friend, and actress Babs George exudes Susan Sarandon levels of calm and subtlety in her few scenes. 

“Thank You a Lot” is an engaging portrait of family and failed ambition and an effective first feature from Muir.

"Thank You a Lot"

Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: ZACH Theatre

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Sunday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m.

Where: Vimeo Theater

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Update

A Travis County jury sentenced Zamora to two years in state prison Thursday, according to the Austin American-Statesman

Original Story

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former University of Texas women's trackequipment manager has been convicted of secretly videotaping a student-athlete as she dressed in a shower locker room.

The penalty phase is Thursday for 32-year-old Rene Zamora, who resigned in September 2010 after a complaint was filed by a track team member.

A jury in Austin on Wednesday convicted Zamora on six counts of improper photography or visual recording involving one woman. He faces up to two years behind bars on each state jail felony charge.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Zamora was charged with secretly taping at least 11 student-athletes over a three-year period.

No decision was immediately made on whether Zamora will face additional prosecution.

Guitarist/lead singer Taylor Wilkins, vocalist/keyboardist Sara Houser, percussionist Jud Johnson and bassist Kyle Robarge make up rock band The Couch. 
 

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There’s no glitter left at 617 East Seventh Street, the space formerly occupied by Beauty Bar. The beehive-clad silhouettes and Neapolitan painted walls have been replaced with richly colored reclaimed wood, bare concrete floors and dark brick accents. The subtly sexy, rustic Americana vibe of bar and music venue Holy Mountain fills the void that its previous retro-kitch occupant left behind.

Manager and co-owner James Taylor said he and his business partners were going for a classic American heritage feel, “like drinking whiskey in your grandfather’s basement in the Midwest,” making Holy Mountain an ideal location for Austin’s self-described “sweaty, whiskey rock” band, The Couch, to hold its upcoming album release show on Dec. 1.

“We had previously set it up at another place but ended up deciding to do it here,” guitarist Taylor Wilkins said, sipping a Lone Star at an iron patio table, one of the few relics left behind from Beauty Bar. “We found that this place best catered to our timeline, size and sound. It’s a brand new venue here. And we’re not a new band, but we have a new sound, a new direction. We’ve done a lot of good things in the past but this is almost like starting all over again for us.”

The band has been around, in various incarnations, since about 2007, when Wilkins and drummer Jud Johnson met up and played shows in the San Marcos area. After cycling through several bass players, Kyle Robarge stuck around and, most recently, Sara Houser joined in on keyboard and vocals, rounding out the band’s current lineup.

“We’re kind of all over the board in terms of our sound,” Johnson said. “We aren’t very genre-specific. Our sound is melodic and accessible, but we definitely keep that foundation of rock.”

Wilkins said this album is a marked change for the group, graduating from what he calls a straightforward three-piece rock n’ roll feel to more complex melodies and a collaborative song writing process.

“The Couch has recorded several albums before, but this is the first one as a four-piece and the first album that we all decided, ‘Hey, lets write and record this album together,” Wilkins said. “There’s really not a part of this album that anyone’s been left out.”

One of the most noticeable changes on the new album is Houser’s contribution with vocals. The addition of the female singer to The Couch about a year ago has added a new facet to the band’s sound.

“I guess I kind of threw a wrench into the whole dynamic of the band, but the full length is half of me singing lead, which is a pretty big change for The Couch,” Houser said. “And it probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal if I wasn’t a chick, but it will probably catch a few people off guard. I didn’t think when I joined the band last year that this would come to fruition, but I’m definitely glad that Taylor was willing to share the songwriting duties and let me bring a couple of things to the table.”

Robarge agreed, mostly, with Houser.

“I don’t think [she] threw a wrench in things,” Robarge said. “The dynamic has changed for sure, but we just kind of took a different turn and that’s cool. We have kind of a one-two punch now that we have a girl and guy singer in the band, and all four of us can sing now and do a whole different sound.”

The band is on the upswing now, but when the group relocated to Austin from San Marcos, things weren’t working out quite as well.

“We did the opposite of taking off, we actually got to our lowest point when we got here,” Wilkins said. “We thought, ‘Maybe we should change our name, or quit, or try something else.’ When our second bass player quit it was a blow to the chest and out of the blue. We kind of had to rebuild the band.”

It was a slow climb back to recognition after the band’s move. A steady diet of practice and smaller shows helped build the band’s image in its new city.

“We were always under the philosophy of practice a lot then play really well for the five or six or however many people were at the shows,” Wilkins said. “Slowly we’d win over sound guys and bartenders who would invite us back to play on better nights. It’s about going out there and kicking ass in front of the crowd that you do have and just developing a live show that would make them want to have you come back and play again.”

With the band rebuilt and a new album forthcoming, The Couch is preparing for its Dec. 1 release show at Holy Mountain, supported by Royal Forest and Houston-based Featherface.

“We’re expecting a great turnout,” said James Taylor, manager and co-owner of Holy Mountain and friend of the band. “Featherface and Royal Forest are both excellent, and I know The Couch will bring a lot of people out. And it helps that we have 101X behind it.”

Though its sound has evolved with its new album, The Couch retains its rock roots.

“We’ve brought in a general direction of change with bringing in these new pop elements,” Wilkins said. “I mean, I love pop music, but I hate it at the same time. It’s gotta have some rock behind it — it’s gotta have that foundation. It’s gotta have balls.”

Students who would like to join the audience can pick up wristbands from the business office located on the ground floor of the Hearst Student Media Building all day Friday.

(From left to right) The Pechuga de Pollo, Bandeja Paisa (bottom), Tamal Valluno (top), and Ceviche at Casa Colombia, a Latin American restaurant in East Austin.

Photo Credit: Jorge Corona | Daily Texan Staff

Editor’s note: The interviews in this article have been translated from Spanish.

The themed lamp posts and the small benched waiting area, conjuring the Alamedas and the central plazas of many Hispanic cities, announce to the prospective diner that he won’t be in Texas much longer. Not completely, anyway.

Inside, the walls are adorned with maps of Colombia and small “fachadas,” miniature facades of colonial house fronts that instantly remind of childhoods left behind.

Such is the enchantment of Casa Colombia, a restaurant of eponymous genre hidden on East Seventh Street and helmed by manager Jazmin Nuñez and chef Emilia Hurtado.

Before their partnership the place was originally called “Mi Colombia,” managed solely by the current chef, Hurtado, and nearing bankruptcy. Nuñez recalled the times:

“[Emilia] had Mi Colombia, and she was about to close [permanently]. Then my husband — an American — said we couldn’t lose the only restaurant dedicated to Latin American food.”

As friends of Hurtado’s, Nuñez and her husband stepped in, managing the house while Hurtado focused on the kitchen. Nuñez’s intention was to partner up for a year only.

“Now we have five years with Casa Colombia, and it’s been going very well,” Nunez said.

Casa Colombia evokes deep-seated emotions in the visitor, Latino or not, with its carefully crafted elements of nostalgia. Centerpiece to this is the food; a potpourri of South American options that are as close to comfort food as comfort food gets. Hurtado’s touch keeps the platters as typical Latin American home style as she can.

Pechuga de Pollo, a chicken filet, grilled and bathed in a smooth lemon butter sauce, served with green beans, fried yucca (a potato-like vegetable) and a white rice pilaf tastes like a recipe that a grandmother could have made but forgot to. Much of the same can be said of the Churrasco, a steak served with an olive oil chimichurri sauce, a South American staple. Or for those willing and wishing to go big, there’s the Bandeja Paisa, a meat lover’s delight with beef skirt, chicharron and egg over white rice, fried plantains, avocado and a thin bread called “arepa.” For the fish-driven, the Ceviche Peruano with fried plantain is fresh, limey, avocado-y and delicious.

For Chef Hurtado, a shy and humble emigre from Colombia, owning her own restaurant was always a dream. But it was not easy.

“I learned [to cook] by observing. I worked as a housekeeper, where I learned a little,” Hurtado said.

After arriving in Austin in 1994 and working in local schools, she started selling tamales and empanadas from home, as well as making meals for her group of friends. Hurtado’s dream was always to open her own restaurant. Hurtado is quick to correct with humility.

“My dream was always — not a restaurant like this ... but [just] selling rotisserie chickens and roasted potatoes. That was my dream,” Hurtado said.

She cites her lack of formal training as the source for the formidable and homey taste of her food.

“I am not a ‘chef.’ I didn’t go to any culinary school to get any training. What I make are home recipes. They’re not every [Colombian] recipe, but what I can, I make. I’ve tried to preserve that. To keep the food like that ... typical,” Hurtado said.

Hurtado’s effforts have paid off, earning her accolades from organizations like spanish news publication El Mundo.

Then, not-a-chef Hurtado smiled a slow, building smile with a bright, honest shine in her eyes.

“My source of great pride is that people come here from all over. Central Americans, North Americans, Asians ... all nationalities,” Hurtado said. “That’s what satisfies me the most. To see that someone of humble origins like myself is making something that everyone who comes here loves. That brings me great pride and I thank God for it.”

Printed on Monday, September 24, 2012 as: Chef keeps food close to home

Watching Huston Street receive his All-Star invitation

Huston Street picks up his twelfth save of the year Sunday against the Rockies.
Huston Street picks up his twelfth save of the year Sunday against the Rockies.

Huston Street, the former national champion at Texas and current closer for the San Diego Padres, received his first All-Star nomination Sunday while in Denver for a series against the Rockies.


Many felt that third baseman Chase Headley deserved to be the lone representative from the Padres, but with Giants fans stuffing the ballot box and getting Pablo Sandoval into the starting lineup, David Wright was chosen as the backup third baseman -- though, with a .354 batting average and 50 RBIs, he is a candidate for National League MVP -- and there was suddenly no place for Headley.


Street entered the day with 11 saves, and ended it with 12. He has only pitched 21 innings, but this was, as much as anything, a recognition of Street's career. He's 10th among active pitchers with 190 career saves, and finished in the top-10 in the category in his division in 2006 and '09. He won the American League Rookie of the Year award in '05. He's only played on two postseason squads, though, so he flies under the radar.

 

Anyways, here's how it went down (Note: I was covering the Padres for MLB.com this past weekend. What timing!):


With trade rumors swirling -- the Mets have called about Street -- I wasn't quite sure what to think when I saw the closer being called into manager Bud Black's office early Sunday.


Then Street came out with a puzzled look on his face, cup of coffee in his right hand, and the media relations guy began waving us over and whispering closely (here's where he's telling me Huston Street just got traded, I thought) and instead I heard the words: "Huston Street just got...


"Selected to his first All-Star game. Don't tweet it yet."


OK, so the secret had to be kept for the next 10 minutes or so. Some of the Padres gathered in front of the selection show on TBS and began watching. With a cellar status in the National League West, they knew there'd only be one of them chosen.


Street stood at his locker, keeping the secret to himself. When a holographic image of himself appeared on the TV screen, his teammates erupted. Shouted Mark Kotsay, "How long have you f***** known?!?"


Embarrassed, Street accepted hugs from his teammates, then expressed how much of an honor -- an unexpected honor -- it was to a very small pack of reporters.


"It's the Midsummers Classic, I grew up watching it. It's overwhelming -- I don't think it's sunk in yet."


Former Rockies teammate Matt Belisle, also a native of Austin, left a yellow note on Street's locker congratulating him. Street pitched for the Rockies for three seasons, amassing 84 saves. He was dealt to San Diego in the offseason, a salary-dump trade from which he harbors no ill will. It's been a tough year for the Padres (30-50), who haven't given Street much of an opportunity to save games. A stint on the 15-day disabled list didn't help, either. Since returning on June 5, Street has eight saves and one win.


"Every year, you're realistic about [his All-Star chances]," Street said. "You know when you have a shot and when you don't. I've had a few years where I thought, 'Maybe this was the year.'"


It never was, not until yesterday.

 

"I told Huston this is deserving, even though he might not have the save totals of other guys, that his career has been indicative of All-Star work," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "There's been seasons where at this point I'm sure he's been in very strong consideration, and to never have been picked is surprising." 

Ozzie Guillen finds himself in hot water in South Beach

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been with his new club for five games. On Monday, he found himself suspended for the next five games due to controversial comments he made in an interview with Time Magazine.

In the interview with Time, Guillen stated, “I love Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Castro, you know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.”

In the heart of Miami, where the Cuban population is as prominent as any other, Guillen’s comments have been met with fury and protest. Guillen has since retracted his statements, and on Tuesday, gave a press conference asking forgiveness from the Miami faithful.

“I’m very embarrassed, I’m very sad,” said Guillen Tuesday, “the pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”

Guillen, who has been known to be outspoken in his previous eight years as the manager of the Chicago White Sox, has become somewhat familiar with sticking his foot in his own mouth. He found himself in hot water in June of 2006 when he used a homosexual slur to describe former Chicago Sun Times writer Jay Mariotti. After the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, Guillen declined the invite to the White House, instead returning to his native Venezuela to meet with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

The Marlins just moved into their new stadium in the Little Havana section of Miami, and the front office has to be very weary of the backlash from the fan base. For a team that has struggled mightily to draw fans over the course of their history, Guillen’s comments could drive a wedge in the relationship between the clientele and the team. Fortunately for Guillen, he managed to keep his job through the storm. Now we wait and see how the fans react, and whether or not they open up their wallets with forgiveness.

2011 World Series

Photo Credit: The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Derek Holland kept Albert Pujols in the ballpark and the Texas Rangers in this World Series.

In a title matchup that’s getting more interesting with every game, Holland put the emphasis back on pitching. Given a pep talk by manager Ron Washington minutes before the game, Holland threw two-hit ball for 8 1-3 innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday night and even things at 2-all.

Holland struck out seven, walked two and never was in trouble against a team that erupted for 16 runs the previous night. He came within two outs of pitching the first complete-game shutout in the World Series since Josh Beckett’s gem for Florida to clinch the 2003 title at Yankee Stadium.

“I was very focused. I knew this was a big game for us,” Holland said. “I had to step up and make sure I was prepared.”
Hobbled Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead with an RBI double in the first inning. Then Mike Napoli broke it open with a three-run homer in the sixth that set off a hearty high-five in the front row between team president Nolan Ryan and former President George W. Bush.

And just like that, for the first time since 2003, the World Series stood at two games apiece. Now the whole season is down to a best of three, with the outcome to be decided back at Busch Stadium.

Game 5 is Monday night at Rangers Ballpark. It’s a rematch of the opener, when Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter topped C.J. Wilson.

A day after Pujols produced arguably the greatest hitting show in postseason history, tying Series records with three home runs, six RBIs and five hits during the Cardinals’ romp, Holland emerged as the unlikely star.

Holland got a big cheer when he took the mound in the ninth and was still throwing 96 mph. With the crowd chanting his name, he walked Rafael Furcal and was pulled by Washington after a long talk on the mound.

“I was begging to stay out there,” he said. “I said, ‘I’ll give it everything I’ve got. I can get the double play.’

“When I came off the field my arm hair was sticking up — not like I have much.”

Holland tipped his cap and waved to the fans as he walked off. His outing was the longest scoreless appearance by an AL starter in the Series since Andy Pettitte also went 8 1-3 at Atlanta in 1996.

Neftali Feliz took over and closed. He walked Allen Craig, then retired Pujols on a fly ball and struck out Matt Holliday to end it.

Pujols finished 0 for 4 and hit the ball out of the infield only once.

“I wanted him to see my ‘A’ game,” Holland said.

Said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa: “Well, I would just say he worked us over. Give him credit.”

“Good pitching is always going to stop good hitting,” he said.

Holland was in tune all evening with his Napoli, his pal and catcher. Much better than the battery for the pregame ceremony — Bush tossed a wild pitch that glanced off the catcher’s mitt Ryan wore.

“I should’ve gone with the regular glove,” Ryan said with a chuckle.

The bounce-back Rangers managed to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since Aug. 23-25, a streak that’s kept them out of trouble in the postseason.

The Rangers also completed a Sunday sweep in the matchup of teams from St. Louis and the Dallas area. Earlier in the afternoon, the Cowboys beat the Rams 34-7 right across the parking lots. Hamilton and Lance Berkman served as honorary captains for the pregame coin toss, wearing their baseball uniforms.

Many fans might remember Holland from last year’s World Series. He’s the reliever who came in against San Francisco, walked his first three batters and promptly got pulled.

Maybe that guy was an impostor. Because this 25-year-old lefty with the sorry little mustache was completely poised, with pinpoint control. Perhaps it was the talk he got from Washington near the dugout shortly before taking the mound.

Washington put both hands on Holland’s shoulders and talked to him tenderly, like a dad about to send his teenage son off to college. Holland kept nodding, and Washington finished up with a playful pat to Holland’s cheek.

“He shows that he cares about all his players, and he definitely showed that when he talked to me,” Holland said.

After that, Holland was in total command in his first Series start, and improved to 3-0 lifetime in the postseason. The only hits he allowed were by Berkman: a double in the second and a single in the fifth. Holland got even later, getting Berkman to look at a strike three that left the St. Louis star discussing the call with plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson kept his team close despite a wild night. He walked seven, and eventually they caught up with him.

It was 1-0 when La Russa yanked Jackson after two one-out walks in the sixth and signaled for reliever Mitchell Boggs. Napoli was up, and the sellout crowd chanted his name as he stepped into the batter’s box.

Boggs stayed in the stretch for an extra beat while Furcal ducked behind Nelson Cruz from shortstop. When Boggs finally threw a 95 mph fastball with his first pitch, Napoli whacked it.

Napoli stood at the plate for a moment as the ball sailed deep, just inside the left field line. Boggs could only contort his body, seeing the game get out of hand.

Hamilton forced the Cardinals to play catch-up for the first time in a while. St. Louis had scored first in 10 straight postseason games, one shy of the record set by Detroit during a span from 1972-84.

Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the Texas first and sped home when Hamilton doubled into the right field corner. The reigning AL MVP has been slowed by a strained groin, part of the reason he hasn’t homered in 57 at-bats this postseason.