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Who is this guy and what did he do with Mitchell Boggs?
Today, Day 2 of the Cardinals Winter Warm Up, was a lot of
fun hard work!
Yesterday, I figured out the system and broke in my sparkly new media pass. Today, I put it to full use.
In between player interview opportunities, I branched out to explore more of the Warm-Up environment. By staking out some hallways and talking to folks waiting for autographs, I met a slew of wonderful Cardinal fans who were willing to answer all kinds of questions about their Winter Warm-Up experiences. (Be watching for the poll results in an upcoming post!) I also made an executive decision to postpone the transcribing of over 2 hours of player interview recordings from today in order to take lots and lots of photos – which was way more
fun hard work. ;)
The media room was hopping with visits from a phenomenal sampling of Cardinal players and one Mr. Bill Dewitt, Jr. Among those who stopped by:
- J.C. Romero
- Shelby Miller
- Matt Adams
- Brandon Dickson
- Daniel Descalso
- Mitchell Boggs
- Jason Motte
- John Jay
- Jaime Garcia
- Shane Robinson
- Lance Berkman
- and ….Matt Holliday
Some of the highlights/stand-out moments of the day (for me) included getting an introduction to our new pitcher, J.C. Romero, who made a wonderful first impression with his fun personality, making jokes about being “old” and doing a bang-up job of being a likeable character. Romero spoke honestly and openly about his desire to protect his reputation and to be a role model to kids. He’s a long-time friend of Yadier Molina (Romero teased “He’s my boy. I knew Yadi before all of you guys knew him.”) and made it a point to talk about his faith in God.
Stumbling upon a barely recognizable baby-faced Mitchell Boggs signing autographs for fans had me amused mid morning, as did the interviews with Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Jason Motte and Lance Berkman.
I was impressed by minor league pitching prospect Shelby Miller’s openly discussing how the suspension last season (alcohol related) helped him to realize his priorities and to make necessary changes in his life and “keep his head on his shoulders.”
Shane Robinson spoke to a small group of us, detailing his horrific outfield collision in a AAA ballgame last season and the recovery process involved, mentally and physically. Shane also shared the exciting news that he and his wife are expecting their first child in May, grinning nervously as he spoke about being a new dad.
And of course there was Matt Holliday. Matt spoke to a packed house of very determined journalists, so I knew my chances of getting in any questions were honestly hopeless. So, I climbed up on my chair and balanced on my tiptoes to snap a dozen (or hundred) fairly gorgeous shots of the birthday boy. Yes, Matt Holliday spent the afternoon of his 32nd birthday with ME…. annnnd a small multitude of Cardinal fans.
Okay, I’m keeping the post short tonight, because honestly? I’m exhausted – a good exhausted. It’s time for bed so that I can wake up and do it all again tomorrow! Winter Warm-Up, Day 3 – the last hurrah!
I leave you now with a slideshow of some of my favorite photos from today AND a promise to write more later! =)
Here’s the thing: Twitter is my baseball connection, and I am proud of my Twitter feed. Breaking news? Got it. Cardinal lineups? Got it. Game photos? Absolutely! Links to MLB.com, Post-Dispatch and StL Today articles about the Cardinals? Check! News about all my babybirds? yep! Even twitpics of Jon Jay’s newest shoes! … Plus baseball chatter from some of the best tweeps in Cardinal Nation! I LOVE my collection of Twitter follows.
With this week’s new Redbird Twitter arrivals, I figure it’s a good time to take stock and share the wealth. So, here you go: My List of the Cardinal Twitterverse
The links should be hot, so click to follow…. and if I’ve missed someone, please let me know! Thanks! ;)
Manager: TonyLaRussa Tony La Russa - People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People
Left Fielder: mattholliday7 matt holliday - (hasn’t tweeted since February 2010)
Outfielder jonjayU Jon Jay - Official Twitter page of Jon Jay from the St. Louis Cardinals
Pitcher ESanchez52 Eduardo sanchez - St Louis cardinals baseball player
OrlandoCepeda30 Orlando Cepeda - Official Twitter of Orlando Cepeda — former SF Giant & Hall of Fame 99′
STLWizard Ozzie Smith - St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Shortstop
memphisredbirds Memphis Redbirds - The official Twitter feed of the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals
Outfielder kingchambers_8 Adron
Sgf_Cardinals Springfield Cardinal - Official Twitter of the Springfield Cardinals. Double-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Become a follower to get updates on Springfield Cardinal news.
Outfielder cswag8 Chris Swauger
PBCardinals Palm Beach Cardinals - The official Twitter account of the Palm Beach Cardinals, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Game updates, player news, great deals and more
Pitcher JordanSwagerty Jordan Swagerty - Went to Arizona State now play for the St. Louis Cardinals. (edit 5/12/11 – Swagerty promoted from Quad Cities)
Pitcher ShelbyMiller19 Shelby C Miller - Texas born and raised, Brownwood, TX. Drafted by St. Louis in 2009. Born October 10, 1990. Follow my Career on here. God Bless you all!
QCRiverBandits QC River Bandits - Single-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals…Season opener April 7th @ Modern Woodmen Park! (563) 3-BANDIT
Catcher codystanley21 Cody Stanley - Being happy, main objective to life. Playing baseball makes me happy. I will continue
CardsInsider St. Louis Cardinals - The official Twitter of the St. Louis Cardinals Front Office at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri.
stlcardinals St. Louis Cardinals - Official Twitter of the St. Louis Cardinals
jluhnow Jeff Luhnow - Vice President of Scouting and Player Development for St Louis Cardinals
dgoold Derrick Goold - Baseball Writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Avid reader. Proud father. Lapsed cartoonist. Former World Record-holding second baseman. Look it up.
stlhensley Roger Hensley - Deputy Sports Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
MatthewHLeach Matthew Leach - Cardinals beat reporter for MLB.com. Lots of tweets about the Cardinals and baseball, but also college football, music, and plenty more
JohnMarecek John Marecek - St. Louis sports talk show host on KTRS Radio
miklasz Bernie Miklasz - St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist
BJRains B.J. Rains - Cardinals beat writer for FOXSportsMidwest.com. My thoughts and comments are my personal opinion and in no way reflect the view or opinion of Fox Sports Midwest
JoeStrauss Joe Strauss - Cardinals beat writer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Into pitching duels, hold ‘em, cobalt Mustangs, betting the rail, O’Brycki’s and window seats
Dustin_Mattison Dustin Mattison - Senior Minor League Writer-Scout.com
B_Walton Brian Walton - Operates TheCardinalNation.com on Scout.com, TheCardinalNationblog.com, writes for Mastersball.com and FOX Sports Midwest
Future_Redbirds Future Redbirds - Hyperventilating Prospect Geek Fraternity
scottrovak Scott Rovak - Photographing professionally over 28 years. I’m a photographer for the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams and StL Sports Magazine.
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|Freese, Luddy and Joe — We miss you terribly!|
|Glad you boys are getting a shot!|
Time To Welcome!
Yesterday I was bragging on darling Jon Jay (you can see the lovefest here) and he responded with an 0-for-4 night, striking out 3 times. Today, I am avoiding any potential jinx by switching gears and bringing you a public service announcement instead. Well…. a public service that gets you a face-to-face with some Cardinal ballplayers! WIN!!
Welcome to your Tuesday Baseball Fans!
Warning! Slow baseball week ahead!
TWO Cardinal off-days (Monday and Thursday) plus a day game on Wednesday will leave a lot of evenings to fill with something other than Cardinals games. Last night I caught the Padres/Cubs game on WGN and watched our old pal Ryan Ludwick in San Diego blue as the Padres beat the Cubs (something the Cardinals should have been able to do in their last two games).
While I will always cherish the fond memories I have of Luddy wearing the Birds on the Bat and patrolling right field for the Cardinals, there is this new fella that has helped ease my heartache. Jon Jay has stepped up and become the new darling of the Cardinal rookies. *Sorry Freese… absence is not making my heart grow fonder! ;)*
Today I profile Jon Jay at BaseballDigest.com.
You can find it here.
Give it a read and let me know your thoughts/opinions. Has Jay peaked as a rookie already or will the baseball magic continue?
Cardinals vs Brewers (2 game stand at Busch Stadium starts tonight at 7:15pm)
Well, how about that month of July? Wow. It’s like the Cardinals were two different teams – playing, as Bernie Miklasz described it on Twitter during that 13-inning game against the Mets, bipolar baseball. The Good Cards were definitely more fun to watch, while the Mediocre Cards were just frustrating.
Record-wise, the Cards definitely were good: 15-11. A big part of that win total was the Good Cards 8-game streak, the longest since winning 9 straight in 2004, which began the Sunday before the All-Star break and continued through July 21. Before the All-Star break, the Mediocre Cards were definitely taking the field nightly. We don’t want to remember much of that, given that the sweep at Colorado was part of it. And right after the 8-game streak ended, the Mediocre Cards reappeared again – and even were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 1995.
And it’s interesting when the Good Cards and the Mediocre Cards tended to appear in July. The Cards record at home for the month was 11-3 – including 7 of the 8 wins of the streak. On the road – traveling to Colorado, Houston, Chicago and New York – they were 4-8. Ouch.
It wasn’t necessarily only the team that was Good and Mediocre – Chris Carpenter exemplified that trend perfectly in July. He had his worst start of the year July 3, allowing 7 earned runs in the 3 innings pitched. The start after that, he gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings. Then he headed to Anaheim as an All-Star and, though he didn’t pitch during the game, he’s certainly pitched like an All-Star ever since: two 8-inning outings where he allowed only 1 run, a 7-inning outing against the Cubs where he allowed 3 runs and his start Friday night where he pitched 8 scoreless innings. Thankfully, though, Mediocre Carp seems to have faded away. Let’s hope the same can be said for the Mediocre Cards.
The Cardinals started July 1 1/2 games behind the Reds and ended the month a half-game ahead of them and in first place. Let’s hope the Good Cards continue what they started this weekend, with the offense being so productive.
So who helped make the Good Cards and Mediocre Cards have the kind of July we went through?
We knew he was having a terrific month, and he hit .431 in July with a .500 on-base percentage and .647 slugging percentage. He’s hitting .383 overall. And he’ll continue to play regularly now, thanks to the (unfortunate) trade of Ryan Ludwick to the Padres at the trading deadline. So, yay for Jay!
Although he was the losing pitcher in the 11-inning loss to the Phillies to end the 8-game winning streak, Kyle actually had a great month. He allowed only that one run – via a homer by Placido Polanco – in 14.1 innings pitched over 12 games. His ERA for the month was 0.64.
Although he gets mentioned more for the clean-cut look we all approve of, the back-up catcher hit well during his limited playing time in July. He had a .385 batting average with a home run in 7 total games.
Trading Ryan Ludwick
Yes, it still stings. Luddy, we already miss you!
While his numbers aren’t bad, they aren’t Albert-like and he began August with a .299 batting average. His average for July was .267, his worst for any month this season, and he also had a season-low 11 walks for an on-base percentage of .333 (also a season-low).
Although he had 4 saves, he allowed 6 earned runs in 10.1 innings pitched for the month. Yes, those runs all came in one particular game we’re all trying to forget … but Ryan still had a 5.23 ERA for July.
He made his Cardinals debut against the Mets on July 28, picking up the win in the 13-inning game with a scoreless inning. He pitched 3 scoreless innings in 3 games at the end of July, allowing only 1 hit. And, based on Twitter, there are plenty of us who are willing to take him out for some pasta and help him gain a few pounds!
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 4
When the lineup was announced, everyone basically wrote this off as a loss – no Albert, no Yadi, Jeff Suppan pitching. And the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning, but that’s why they play the games. The Cards came back and won, thanks to birthday boy Allen Craig – picking a fantastic way to celebrate turning 26 – and All-Star Matt Holliday, who drove in the walk-off winning run in the bottom of the 9th.
Rockies 12, Cardinals 9
Does anything more need to be said? (If you somehow need to refresh your memory, here you go.)
Pitcher of the month
Even with his worst game of the season against the Mets on July 28, Adam still finished the month with a 3-1 record and a 1.85 ERA – and with a scoreless inning pitched during the All-Star Game. His 14 overall wins at the end of July were second in the National League, his ERA of 2.23 was third and his WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) was fourth with 1.03.
Player of the month
One more time: yay for Jay!
Although there’s only been one game in August so far, it was definitely a great showing by both the offense and the continued stellar pitching of Adam Wainwright. And now tonight will bring the Cardinals debut of Jake Westbrook – as well as the first of two Cardinals Diamond Diaries nights at Busch Stadium! (You mean that’s not listed on your schedule?) It’s a road trip for the three of us and the chance to watch the next two games together, which we are all highly anticipating! So we’ll be taking a little break from posting until later in the week. In the meantime, GO CARDINALS!!
Photo of the game of the month by Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By winning number 8 in a row last night, the Cardinals exceeded a 7-game winning streak for the first time since 2006. Now they have the longest streak since another memorable year, 2004. And watching the team play over the last week reminds me a lot of that amazing 2004 team. They’re playing with confidence, they’re playing with energy – even when they’re trailing or tied, you know they’re going to come back and get it done.
Winning is obviously fun. The always quotable Brendan Ryan provided some words of wisdom on winning after Tuesday night’s game. “It can be contagious and it sure seems like it’s gotten contagious. We know in the first half we never played our ‘A’ game. We’d like to find out what our ceiling is.”
That’s the intriguing thing about winning streaks: you never know how long they will last or the ultimate impact they will have. And the end to a particular streak doesn’t necessarily mean the rollercoaster is headed back down. Look at the White Sox. Before the All-Star break, they won 25 of 30 games (including winning streaks of 11 and 8 games each) and propelled themselves from 9 1/2 games back and third place on June 9 to first place by a half-game on July 11. Since the break, the Sox are 3-4 but have built their lead to 2 1/2 games.
Who knows how high up the ceiling is for the Cardinals this season? Thankfully, that’s still to be decided so we can just appreciate the games and enjoy the ride. And we don’t have long to find out how if they can sweep the entire homestand: game four against the Phillies is this afternoon at 1:15 p.m. Central time, with Adam Wainwright going for his second win of the streak.