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Are you sick of the Cardinals-Reds Rivalry already? Is it the epic Cubs-Cardinals history that makes a true Rivalry? Do the Reds deserve the title just because they happen to have the hot button hotheads right now? What do you think? Which team is the Cardinals’ biggest nemesis? Cast your vote in the poll below and/or in the comments section if you have more to say.
Earlier this month, my cousin in Wisconsin asked me which team we Cardinals fans considered to be the Cards’ biggest rivalry. My immediate response was “The Cubs” but then I considered the recent scubbub with the Reds. The Brewers didn’t make my list, but my meager 5-6 years of baseball background might disqualify my opinion in such matters. So, I threw it out to my Cardinal Twitter tweeps and some Facebook pals as well.
A sampling of responses:
So many valid points. Yet many different opinions. One thing’s for certain, the Brewers aren’t even on the rivalry radar among Cardinal Nation. (Sorry, cuz!) ;)
Oh, and speaking of the Reds…. What a weekend! Our Cardinals took 2 of 3 games as Yadier Molina ushered the Reds out of town with a game-winning 3-run homerun in yesterday’s rainy finale. Westbrook pitched a solid outing (*whew*) while Fernando Salas, Eduardo Sanchez and Mitchell Boggs all had the right stuff as well. The make-up of the Cardinal bullpen has changed considerably in just the first few weeks of the season, but it is a breath of fresh air to see the new crew picking up the slack and getting the job done right. The pace is picking up after an unbelievably slow, injury-plagued start to the season. In fact, the Cards have worked their way up into 1st place in the NL Central today, sitting only 0.5 games ahead of ….. the Brewers?!?
Are you sitting down for this??…. Yesterday, Ryan Franklin the deposed closer showed up without his trademark beard/goat/chinpuff/chinzilla yesterday. The now clean-shaven Franklin may be able to hide in plain sight, almost unrecognizable. Franklin without his facial hair??? If it weren’t so sad, I’d be talking about how much better he looks, but now just doesn’t seem like the time for that. (Screen capture from the televised game last night. )
Also, Albert Pujols was removed from the game last night with reported tightness in his hamstring. That should be enough to keep us worrying on a day without Cardinals baseball!
Have a great 1st-place kind of Monday, Cardinal Nation!
Tomorrow the Redbirds take on the Astros in Houston.
Go Cards!! =)
|Waino no bueno? *tear*
I sat, stunned, as I saw twitter explode with the news that Adam Wainwright was heading to St. Louis with elbow trouble. My fears were realized when another explosion occurred in my little corner of the internet with the sad tale that Waino was going to be shut down for the year to have Tommy John surgery. I then became horrified when I heard of Jonny Gomes’s comments about the matter.
So what I’m here to talk about today is this – class. Some people have it, others need it, and others need it defined for them before they can figure out how to get it.
What happened with Gomes frustrated me. The cover-up/spin put on it by the Reds organization/media made it seem all the more ridiculous that people allow themselves to say things like that without realizing that yes, your voice is being heard, and your words will be spread to the masses by lunchtime thanks to twitter, blogs, and the like. If you’re looking for amusing thoughts on the situation, head over to Pitcher’s Hit Eighth… Dennis did a better job injecting some amusement into the situation than I ever could.
I could handle the Gomes thing to a certain extent. At least someone was bright enough to tell him that he should probably apologize. He’s in the spotlight. I definitely hit the eject button this afternoon though when I spotted a comment awaiting moderation from a Reds fan. It was posted on Erika’s goodbye to Jason LaRue from back in September. I did not publish said comment due to the fact that it used no less than six words that I would not be allowed to speak at my grandmother’s dinner table, much less publish as representation of a website that I belong to. What sparked such heinous comments months after the fact is absolutely beyond me. All I could think to say was, “Stay classy, Reds fans.”
This morning I was directed to this post written by none other than Adam Wainwright himself. I was mesmerized while reading it. I already had a tremendous respect for Adam as a player, person, and Christian, but what I read in that post made that admiration grow exponentially. If I were him, I would have felt devastated with the news that my body had broken down on me at such a high point in my career. Instead he is looking at it as an opportunity, a way to spread God’s love to others through his actions and words off of the diamond. He won’t be gone though, as evidenced by this thought:
I absolutely hate the idea of missing this season with teammates. I think we have a real good shot to win the World Series. The group we have is really special, and I’ll have my pom pom”s out in full force. But here’s the deal. This injury, the one that makes me miss an entire year of baseball, has allowed me to stop missing what is right in front of me. I am blessed with an amazing God. A God who continues to teach me lessons in mysterious ways.
I love that! Waino’s got class. He will be back. I hope Cardinal fans take after him, instead of spending their time firing dumb comments into the atmosphere in retaliation of what others say about our team.
|Cliff Lee (AP photo) celebrating the Rangers ALDS victory|
I know, two days later and I’m talking about the Reds losing. Welcome to my busy and random world. Anyway, I was thinking about this time last year, and how awful and pathetic I felt to be a Cardinals fan, having just watched my team flush away the season with some rather lackluster play and a quick three game sweep by the Dodgers. I even made the seven hour trek to St. Louis for game three after lucking into some tickets last minute. I was fairly convinced that I could turn things around and help the team climb back into the NLDS. That didn’t happen, obviously…
I really enjoyed that Braves/Giants series. It felt like watching the Braves games I used to catch all the time on TBS as a kid (yes, I was a kid in the 90′s… sorry). Turner Field was electrified last night, and despite the loss, the atmosphere of that game was a fitting send-off for Bobby Cox. I never had a problem with Bobby (Leo Mazzone was another story… watching him rock away in the dugout made me crazy) and actually enjoyed seeing him get tossed all the time. While I was fairly surprised to see it happen in the playoffs, it almost seemed fitting for it to happen to him.
I did a pretty horrible job picking teams so far, didn’t I? Last week I went for the Phils, Twins, Braves and Rays.
Let’s face it, the Phillies should have won that series, plain and simple.
Picking the Twins was a hopeful thing, not a ‘I actually think this could happen’ pick. Beating the Yankees in a short series is no simple task, so losing that one didn’t really surprise me.
I assumed that the Braves/Giants would be a crapshoot, and I think that was the series I wavered on the most. At times I forgot who I was rooting for and cheered for both teams.
I did not expect the Rangers to make it out alive. They have impressed me. Unfortunately, I pretty much assume that no matter which team comes out on top, they will probably lose to the Yankees in the ALCS. Part of me wants to remember that it’s a funny game (“… eh Monty?”), but the rest of me knows that they are the d*** Yankees for a reason.
Anyway, I did actually do some writing about the Cardinals for today (crazy, right?), but you have to head over to Baseball Digest to read it. I like to-do lists, so I started one for Mo and the front office to hold on to as the offseason really starts to set in. Head over there and give it a read, okay?
One last thing about last year. I might not have been able to turn the team around in the NLDS, but at least I didn’t cry like Brandon Phillips. Just sayin.
Okay Cardinals Fans, time to pack away the sob story and get back out there. The postseason has begun and BASEBALL NEEDS YOU!!!
My darling Hubby knows I’ve been shuffling around here, down and dejected, as if my best friend just moved away. I got quiet two weeks ago and have been in sort of a baseball funk ever since. But darn if he isn’t just the most considerate guy out there?! He sent me an email this week to kickstart my baseball joy again. In that email were links to three classic postseason commercials from 2006.
Hubby’s plan is working… My interest is piqued and I feel like I might be coming down with something again… Baseball Fever. It’s contagious, be careful! ;)
If you, like me, need an injection of baseball love to kickstart October, I offer here the links that Hubby shared with me. Nothing like a good kick in the pants…. and another chance to laugh at (with) the Cubs.
And this one…. “October is the time to root against the Yankees?!”
I am positive he meant “the Reds!” ;)
He may say “Your Indians”, but I sure heard “Your Cardinals” —- get outta the cabinets! ;)
Are you with me?
TO THE TV!!!! It’s BASEBALL, Baby! ;)
|Freese, Luddy and Joe — We miss you terribly!|
|Glad you boys are getting a shot!|
Time To Welcome!
Well, that wasn’t what any Cardinals fan hoped to see this weekend.
Of course there are no absolutes in baseball, but there are definitely a few certainties about the 2010 Cards: Adam Wainwright will pitch extremely well. Albert will be Albert. Yadi will throw out any baserunner foolish enough to try to steal second. And the team will remain consistently inconsistent.
So the team that got swept by the Reds last weekend beat the team that just swept the Reds this week, winning two out of three games. The Reds also had another sweep this weekend, beating the Marlins, and now find themselves back on top in the Central by a game. And the frustration is back among Cardinals fans again, that’s for sure. While there are definitely bright spots when you look at the team’s record since the All-Star break, it’s the ups and downs that stand out more than anything. Of course, no team is going to win every game and even great teams are going to lose around 60 games a season. But it’s the now season-long inconsistency that stands out as the hallmark of the 2010 Cardinals.
- Albert, who hit his 30th home run of the season in the first inning yesterday. With the blast, he now has hit at least 30 homers in each of his first 10 seasons in the majors. He currently has 396 homers, the most ever by a player in his first 10 seasons.
- Steven Hill on hitting his first major league home run to start the Cards’ rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. Steven was on what today are the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2007, when they were the Swing of the Quad Cities. He wasn’t the only former Quad Cities player getting that rally going, as Nick Stavinoha (2005) and Aaron Miles (1997/1998, when they were an Astros farm team) followed Hill by getting base hits. Jon Jay (2006) received a bases-loaded walk a bit later to score Stavinoha. (Personally, it’s nice to see some of the guys I remember seeing in the Quad Cities make contributions to the big league team. At this level, most of the guys I see year after year never make it to the majors.)
More on Rivalries
Obviously the Cardinals’ rivalry with the Reds has intensified this season. Read more in Angela’s post “A Reflection on Rivalries” at i70baseball.com here.
Wow. First, I cannot believe how long it has been since I’ve blogged here. My last post was in July?! A lot has happened – including our week-long blog hiatus while we Diamond Diaries gals met up in St. Louis to watch our boys plays some ball. Fun trip. Absolutely amazing! I finally met Angela and Chris in person -plus a few other great Cardinals fans we knew from our Twitter baseball watch parties. The trip was wonderful even if the Cardinals gave up two games to the Astros and the devastating news broke that our hop-a-long hotcorner David Freese would have season-ending surgery to rebuild his ankle. But enough about that….
MLB’s disciplinary actions targeted 5 players and both team managers:
With one glaring exception, I found the penalties acceptable. MLB made a point with the managers, and 4 of the 5 players did not deserve anything worse. Johnny Cueto was the only player in the melee who went berserk – violently kicking Chris Carpenter in the back and Jason LaRue in the head and ribs with his spikes, leaving Jason with a mild concussion and stitches in his lip. Cueto’s actions were reprehensible and thankfully LaRue was not more seriously injured. In my opinion, this was where MLB dropped the ball. Cueto’s repeated thrashing of his spikes at the heads and bodies of players posed such risk to every player in that mobbed backstop that I believe he should be jailed for assault.
The Cardinals won much more than a sweep in this past series against the Reds. Their bond as a team is now iron-clad. Conversely, the Reds lost more than just these 3 games and 1st place in the NL Central. Cincinnati may now be playing as a team divided. With proud former Cardinals Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds in Reds’ uniforms, Brandon Phillips’ comments make him an unpopular teammate, and Johnny Cueto’s conduct was a disgrace.
And if you happen to be looking for more baseball reading, I wrote a story for i70baseball earlier this week about Surviving August Baseball. You can check it out here.