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Winter Warm-Up Photo Gallery

When Cardinal Diamond Diaries was invited to cover the Winter Warm-Up, one of the first questions I asked before buying my plane ticket and making hotel reservations was “Is my camera invited?”

Cardinals news is wonderful, but Cardinals news with player photos is much, much better!  ;)

By spending most of my three-days at WWU behind a lens, I managed to amass quite a hefty collection of digital images. Now, after a few days of picking and choosing, I’ve narrowed them down to a more manageable sharing library.  So without further ado, here’s a sampling of my favorite pictures:

(click an image to scroll through larger photos, hover mouse over photo for player name)

All photos copyrighted.  For information on republishing images, please contact us at cardsdiamonddiary@gmail.com.

2011 Draft Spectacular Photo Thursday

Last year Erika and I became fascinated by the draft, learning about all of the new faces that would be donning the birds on the bat and joining the ranks with our other baby birds. What we quickly realized was that many of the places we were hungrily searching for info were void of one thing that we are obviously fascinated with – pictures!

An idea was born – we don’t claim to know anything about draft boards, who has the highest ceiling, which picks are potential busts and which are sure things. We do however know how to use Google images, so we’re bringing everything to you all in one place. If you want the best places for this information, check out places like Future Redbirds, the Cardinals website, or even the Post-Dispatch. To help, we’ve even included links to Future Redbirds’ posts on the top 10 picks for the Cardinals in this year’s draft to go along with our own (obviously) top-notch analysis of our newest players to watch.

Enjoy!

1st round, 22nd pick: Kolten Wong

What we’ve heard: Wow, the snap judgments on this year’s first round second baseman have ranged from, “Why did we draft the second coming of Fernando Vina?” to “Oh good, another scrappy infielder. We don’t have enough of those.” The key point that many cooler heads have tried to point out is that he can hit. The 20 year old also made an MVP-winning showing in the Cape Cod league last year, which shows he can also play with a wooden bat, which is sometimes a tough adjustment for a young player to make.

Our take: Interviews with him made the kid seem like an ecstatic little boy who just couldn’t wait to get on a uniform and get out there to show people what he can do. It seems like it won’t be a problem signing him, which sounds great to me!

2nd round, 79th pick: Charlie Tilson

What we’ve heard: The high school senior projects as a left-handed major league capable centerfielder. He’s fast, has a smooth swing, and might or might not have decent power (well which is it?). Now, Tilson has signed a letter of intent with the University of Illinois, but he also wants to be a ballplayer (preferably with the White Sox).

Our take: Just don’t let the fact that the Sox didn’t draft you deter you Charlie! We don’t like the Cubs either!

3rd round, 109th pick: C. J. McElroy

What we’ve heard: High school centerfielder whose power is still coming but supposedly plays outstanding defense. Baseball is in his blood. His father is Chuck McElroy, who pitched in the bigs for 13 years. His grandpa Sylvester played in the Negro Leagues, and Cecil Cooper (17 years in the majors) is his uncle.

Our take: Another high school centerfielder? Well okay. C. J. is committed to the University of Houston to play both football and baseball, but considering his lineage, here’s hoping baseball is his first choice.

4th round, 140th pick: Kenny Peoples-Walls

What we’ve heard: A third high school player, although this one of the shortstop variety. He’s a speedster contact hitter that has an average build, but the frame of one who could probably wind up at second base.

Our take: Seems like this one needs time in the minors just to get sorted out what his role is and fill out the rest of the way in his development.

5th round, 170th pick: Sam Gaviglio

What we’ve heard: Sam is not about to make us squeal with delight at his speed (even for a starting pitcher), as he averages 86-89 MPH and tops out at 90. He is a groundball machine, who was drafted out of high school by the Rays but chose to head to Oregon State to pick up a bit more refinement.

Our take: Consider this pick Dave Duncan approved! Also, I got a smile where he was stated as having ‘moxie.’ A little moxie never hurt anyone!

6th round, 200th pick: Adam Ehrlich

What we’ve heard: A left-handed catcher just out of high school, Ehrlich’s value will definitely come in his defensive ability, in which he is almost called a finished product. His abilities with the bat are leaving something to be desired, but he’s got time to figure that out.

Our take: Left handed catchers are a commodity. Catchers that are referred to as graceful intrigue me for sure!

7th round, 230th pick: Nick Martini

What we’ve heard: A polished hitter that just seems to find ways to get hits, Nick is a left-handed line drive machine from K-State. His arm is average, and while his only real tool is his on-base abilities, his eye at that plate is described as very advanced.

Our take: For whatever reason, this is the first one that has truly intrigued me, if for no other reason than because I like guys that have patience at the dish. Even if he only winds up a 4th outfielder, what would you do with a 4th outfielder with the ability to take a solid at-bat in a critical situation late in the game? Exactly.

8th round, 260th pick: Danny Miranda

What we’ve heard: Very little positive to report here. If I understand what I read correctly, Danny was kind of ousted as the University of Miami this year, and really projects to be a LOOGY, nothing more, nothing less. He has a nice 3 pitch mix that make it to the upper 80′s.

Our take: This just underwhelms me all the way around.

9th round, 290th pick: Tyler Mills

What we’ve heard: Tyler is an outfielder turned pitcher, who has seen more success at Michigan as a reliever instead of a starter. This is the first time in the draft where the words ‘draft-eligible sophomore’ come into play, and history shows that it is much tougher to pull off this kind of signing than any other. The Cardinals signed him for his potential.

Our take: If he can get back to the days where he could do 84-87 mph sliders and 94-96 mph fastballs, sign me up!

Jeffries got a tour of the stadium after signing Thursday afternoon. Photo via @CardsInsider

10th round, 320th pick: Lance Jeffries

What we’ve heard: He’s a speedy centerfielder from the St. Louis area (the very definition of home-grown talent) and loves tearing it up on the basepaths. He seems very excited to be playing for his hometown team, and some speculate that he’s got a cannon of an arm to go with his speed.

Our take: He seems to be like a raw tools type that you just draft and cross your fingers hope the kid turns into something. I like the sound of it though, and hope he comes through for the Cardinals in a big way, especially since he already signed! Welcome to the Cardinals Lance! :)

My Happy Place

Today, as I sipped coffee and pondered possible blog subjects, I suddenly knew exactly what to share.
Autographs from Whitey Herzog, Warren Spahn,
Adam Wainwright & Kyle Lohse, David Freese
and Colby Rasmus
We in Cardinals Nation are in dire need of a lift, and this weekend my baseball joy was renewed! Clearly not from a spectacular showing by our Redbirds as they continued their downward spiral and a shockingly unwavering ability to lose games to the lowliest of teams, the spirit boost came instead from the simple exercise of redesigning space.
We just completed a lengthy and much anticipated project in my household. And on Sunday I was finally able to put the finishing touches in my new favorite nook.
Most families have it – the place that never quite has a purpose other than “catch-all” – a room or a corner that collects random boxes, papers and clutter.  In our house it was the back bedroom.  Once it was a child’s bedroom, then it morphed into an office of sorts – consisting of a hand-me-down desk and file cabinet surrounded by odds-and-ends, our kids’ never-ending art projects and the dreaded pile of papers without a home.
My dear husband, who is the smartest, handiest but also the busiest guy around took on the task of carpentering a built-in desk, cabinets and a 10-foot-long work surface along the back wall (in his spare time – of which he has none.)  Every piece of clutter and errant paper now has a home and my chaos has been replaced with zen.
This morning I dropped the kids off at school anxiously anticipating the pleasure of returning to the peace and quiet of my new paradise.  Here in my own little corner of the house, in small town USA, far from any Major League venue, I am happy.  Why? Because after hours of framing pictures, preserving keepsakes, and finally pounding nails into walls and arranging the displays, I am surrounded by baseball memories lovingly collected over the past four years of my short love affair with the game.
My Wall of Fame
Including Dad’s childhood glove autographed by Warren Spahn, Ed Mathews and Del Crandall
Baseball is a hobby that has forever changed my soul. The glorious sights and sounds of the game. The intrigue of discovering something new about the heralded pastime. The triumphs and tragedies of a long season. The players I have had the opportunity to meet. All these fan experiences have built the foundation for my devotion.  My passion is hardly unique as countless fans for generations have similar emotions about the sport. However, this weekend’s exercise of revisiting the highlights of my own baseball history reminded me that at this point in the season when my team is losing and the fun seems gone, the joy of baseball can survive.
2009 AAA Championship Game
It is a beautiful sight now. My baseball treasures have a new home, moved out from boxes and reunited from their various perches around the house.  My husband is glad to have his bedroom a baseball-free zone again, and a former junk room has been reclaimed in the name of home improvement. With just a glance, I can revisit memories of Spring Training adventures, AAA championship games, autographs and a growing stack of baseball cards that have found their way into my possession. And most importantly, irreplaceable family memories have finally been appropriately protected and preserved.
Spring Training 2010
Adam Wainwright, David Freese
and Kyle Lohse
The demands of day-to-day life (and baseball schedules) have the ability to dishearten and discourage. But a trip down memory lane reminded me that the enjoyment of this baseball hobby cannot be ruined by a slump or a bad season.  Baseball is simply bigger than that.
May you too find your ‘happy place’ until our boys regain their footing!
GO CARDINALS!  =)

Photo Thursday

So… the last two games. They happened. The great thing about baseball is that we have another game to look forward to. Today. 2:10. Chris Carpenter vs. Ubaldo Jimenez. It promises to be a pretty fantastic match-up!

On to the week in pictures (Sorry, no sadness here)!

Ang wants a Brockabrella. No really, she does.
Who can make it happen?!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
The Baby Birds are coming BACK! Tyler Greene doesn’t plan
on leaving anytime soon!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
See? Even Matt Holliday is happy to see him back!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
Now this? This is just an awesome picture.
Would you run on this face? Not a chance.
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
It’s not every day a B-52 flies over before the game!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
More Baby Birds! How about Jon Jay -
back in business in St. Louis!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
¡Vamanos!
Scott Rovak – US Presswire
We admire the hustle from Jason Motte, but…
yeah.
The Canadian Press
Ho hum, another complete game for Adam.
We don’t like – we LOVE these games!
Dilip Vishwanat – Getty Images
‘Oh! Look at it go!’
Best picture we’ve had yet? Probably!
Dilip Vishwanat – Getty Images

Photo Thursday

Not a lot of pictures to be found this week (maybe the photographers all took the week off?) so as an added bonus we’re bringing back Erika’s photos from her trip to Busch that she posted earlier in the week. Enjoy!

We love seeing the boys happy – but why didn’t we know Yadi could jump that high?!
Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Walk-off single? That’s a winner!
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Image
Ouchie!
Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Would we give back this grand slam if it meant Penny wasn’t hurt? Yes.
Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
A frustrated Holliday is still #chickcomment worthy!
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Image
Unsportsmanlike conduct! 15 yards from… oh wait, wrong sport. In baseball, he’s just a jerk.
Emily Rasinski erasinski@post-dispatch.com
No words for this. Just laughter at LaRue’s funny face.
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
We #standforstan too… can Ang stand with Adam though? #chickcomment
by @MLBSTLCardinals

Photo Thursday

Welcome to our first weekly photo post! Enjoy the week in pictures. If you come across a picture we should use in the next post, contact one of us via Twitter or send an e-mail to cardsdiamonddiary@gmail.com. Also, if you have suggestions for a different way to display the pictures besides a big link dump, let us know. We’re new at this, after all …


Saturday
Brendan makes a diving stop. We could watch him do this alllllll day.
Easy Albert. It wasn’t a great call. We know.

Sunday
Thankful Albert. We’re thankful for the home run too.
I gotta get me some of them shades, man. Brad Penny admiring Carp’s fashion.
I’ma get you. Brendan didn’t have to work too hard to chase down Bengie Molina. Bengie is a big boy.

Monday
Signs of a good night. RBI base hit? Check. Dirty jersey? Check. We love Yadi!
Welcome to the majors, Jon Jay. Don’t worry, this won’t be your last at bat.
This picture is just sweet. Matt Holliday connects for a broken bat base hit in the rain.

Tuesday
Happy birthday! Which present was better: Yadi’s hit or Motte’s save?
Speaking of saves, this one was pretty good too.
Can’t forget Luddy. He came through when needed too.
Because it’s his birthday, Carp gets two pics. This is our all-time fav! If we had to, we would nominate this as the official photo of the CDD.

Wednesday
Getting dirty. The high socks were a hit for Skip Schumaker, who broke out of a slump and got on base 4 times last night.

Chilling in the dugout. Is there room for us on that bench?
We want to know… what is Jaime throwing here? Fastball? If so, which kind?

Final stamp of approval on this week: We approve of Skip’s socks from last night. Well done, Skippy.

Chicks Dig the Long Ball?

I’m not about to beat a dead horse and talk about how reliant the Cardinals have been this year on the home run. Others have talked about it. A lot of others.

Anyone else remember this commercial from around 12 years ago?

Now, I’ll admit, this commercial makes me smile, partially out of nostalgia, and partially because it’s a funny commercial. But is it true? Would I be breaking some sort of ‘chick code’ if I told you it wasn’t? In all honesty, I like home runs as much as the next person (I was the happiest girl at Miller Park when Stavinoha silenced the crowd and hit that home run to take the lead a few weeks back), but my smile doesn’t get any bigger than when I’m watching a Cards game and see Brendan, Skip, or Flip swipe a base and make it around to plate the run.

I was in absolute heaven in Milwaukee a couple weeks ago when I saw a hit-and-run that involved Jaime Garcia going first to third on a Skip Schumaker hit, then watch him dance around the 3rd base line and frustrate Brewer pitcher Yovani Gallardo to no end until Albert Pujols singled him home. First of all, Garcia is quickly becoming a favorite of mine to watch, and will definitely be the rookie I follow this year (last year, for those interested, it was Blake Hawksworth). Second, Garcia is a pitcher. Pitchers don’t do hit-and-runs, they don’t distract the other pitcher with their basepath antics, and they don’t (as rookies anyway) go up against multiple teams’ aces and come out without a loss or two.

But I’m off topic (happens a lot). The point is – small ball rocks. It’s often said that the quickest way to kill a rally is to hit a home run, and I completely agree. A glance at Sunday night’s game against the Mets shows a Cardinal 5th looking a bit like this:

I’m supposed to say, ‘Yay! Colby blasted one to tie the game!’ but look at what happened afterward. Two flyball outs later and the inning is over with the score still tied. Bummer. What would have happened if Colby had hit a double? We might have only scored two at the time, but it would probably have changed how John Maine pitched to Yadier Molina and David Freese as well. From that vantage point, I’d rather see a double and take my chances with the hits continuing and a bigger inning.

I dig small ball. Give me some stolen bases and string a rally together with solid contact and base hits up the middle, and I am a happy girl!

Normally on Thursdays I think we’re going to run a weekly photo dump, with all the week’s chick comment worthy photos (okay, guys might like some of them too) in a nice tidy bow. This week I would’ve given you this shot of Joe Mather’s great sneak attack play against the Mets when he snagged the runner at second after faking that the ball wasn’t coming. But you’ll just have to wait for next week for the fun to begin.

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