Monday, April 5, 2010

baseball is back


First, a question. What in the hell is in Yadi's mouth?

Okay, I know. You don't know. You're probably even thinking, "Huh?" Or, "What?" Seriously, though. It was not your run-of-the-mill mouth guard. Is he wearing a retainer?

What a beautiful day for baseball. Be sure to sit outside and soak up some vitamin D, sports fans.

Now, on to the game. (How exciting is it that we finally have real baseball to talk about?)

Good things about the 2010 Opening Day in Cincinnati:

  • Yadi in the lineup (and, maybe more importantly, behind the plate).
  • A-Rey, Jr. rocking the stirrups.
  • The Best Player In Baseball. AB: 1. HR:1.
  • The Wood-smith on the mound. "Screaming at Votto down the line." 
  • Scott Rolen on deck. 
  • End of the first, Cards up 1-0.
  • Scott Rolen flying out to left field.
  • Raspberry Tart going deep in the fourth.
  • Lug-nut's base hit to left.
  • The Penguin's RBI single.
  • Rolen bobbling the ball, allowing Yadi to go to third.
  • The Wood-smith's bunting stance.
  • Carp powering through the fourth and keeping the lead intact.
  • End of the fourth, Cards up 3-2.
  • TBPIB now 2 for 3 with a single in the fifth.
  • The Captain sliding cleats-first into the 2Bman.
  • "The ball gets away and Pujols will score!" 
  • End of the fifth, Cards up 4-2.
  • Molina beating Rolen's throw to first.
  • Raspberry Tart climbing the wall and taking a homerun away from Rolen.
  • Realizing (during the interview) that my respect for Moze has grown exponentially since his start.
  • TBPIB adding on 2 more with his second HR of the season/game following a Boog single.
  • The Captain collecting his first hit with a single in the seventh.
  • Carp leaving with a decent line. 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 3K, 0BB.
  • End of the seventh, Cards up 6-3.
  • End of the eighth, Cards up 6-4.
  • "The Redbirds have pulled out the power sack." -Mike Shannon
  • Cards win the first game of 2010 by a score of 11-6.

Not-so-good things:
  • On 3-0, Matt Holliday lining out to Aaron Harang.
  • Yadi hit by a pitch in the fourth. Holliday in the fifth.
  • Stranding 2 in the fourth.
  • Votto's solo shot in the fourth.
  • Rolen's solo shot in the fourth.
  • Batman booting an easy grounder.
  • The Reds' circus act in the sixth to get Carp at first.
  • Jason Motte.
  • The ball through the legs of The Penguin.
  • "That was stolen off McClellan."
  • Ryan Franklin

Well, at any rate, there is one thing we can all agree on: the Cardinals are back.

Oh, and the Cubs are losing lost. *smile*

Ahhh, baseball. It's going to be a great year.

10 NDD points for Yadi. For his FIRST GRAND SLAM EVER.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

planting seeds for Spring


I know I've been a little remiss in my blogging this offseason, and for that I apologize. Some things can't be helped, though, and I figure it's better to just move on and see what the 2010 season has in store for baseball, the Cardinals, and fans. After all, it's a new year, with new possibilities, and some new faces. What could be be better? (Other than actually getting to go to Jupiter and watch Spring baseball in person, that is.)

We're still waiting for a few of the transcripts to go up, but if you've missed out entirely, you can check out the Roundtable discussions, all archived over at the UCB site.

Excited about the season? About the '10 Cardinals? You should be. There's a lot to be excited for!

Sounds like Jaime Garcia, barring any major natural disasters, will be the fifth starter in a pretty sound rotation. I like that. I like him. I'll tell you why (don't even bother asking, it just slows me down). (1) He's young. (2) He's a lefty. (3) What little we have seen from him in the past was very promising. (4) You can tell he wants it.

Fingers crossed that he turns out to be our just-what-we-needed-but-didn't-know-it-at-the-time player. It's nice to have one of those each year, and it's definitely pitching's turn to contribute.

Speaking of the rotation...

What really needs to be said of Wainwright and Carpenter? They're doing what they do.

Penny, if you judge by the excitement in Mike Shannon's voice (which I do), was absolutely owning the Marlins batters he faced yesterday. He was working fast, too, which is always a good sign. Whatever weird injury he may have sustained this Spring doesn't seem to be affecting him much at all. (Hopes that Yadi recovers equally well.)

Lohse goes today (on 550, if you live close enough to pick it up) against the Mets. I heard somewhere he's predicted to be roughly as good as he was in '08, and nothing would make me happier. (Actually, I'd even take '09 Lohse, for what it's worth.)

Also, yesterday...

Brendan Ryan made some very nice, not so run-of-the-mill plays at short, and again, Mike was jumping out of his chair (metaphorically speaking) with each call. Maybe they were as spectacular as all that, or maybe Mike was just in a "jumping out of his chair" mood. Either way, I can't wait to get this season started.

Felipe Lopez has 5 stolen bases this Spring? Huh. Maybe I'd put him in the leadoff spot and save B-Ryan for the niner.

That leaves Rasmus for the 2-hole, captains obvious for 3 and 4, Freese for the fifth spot, Skip in #6, Yadi (or LaRue *sob*) batting seventh, and the pitcher eighth. Of course, unless I'm playing Flip in right field, I'll need to thin out the infielders a little. Luddy would bat fifth, in that case, with Freese sixth, and move Skip to the first spot. If Lugo is playing, I'd bat him ninth, so not much rearranging needed.

Whew. No wonder TLR never smiles. I smell a new record for number of unique lineups in a season. (Previously held by TLR.)

8 days until Opening Day! 15 Until the Cardinals Home Opener! See you in Saint Louis!

Friday, March 26, 2010

um... duh.


First of all, if you're reading this, you probably aren't reading this.

Well, that made a lot more sense in my head than it obviously does in type, but since you probably aren't reading this anyway, it doesn't matter much, now does it? I could even misspell a few words and who would be the wiser, I ask you? No one. Not even you, who aren't currently reading.

My domain is a mess. I don't know why my site is down, nor do I know why I can't redirect it. And I don't know how to fix it.

But regardless, I have things to mention. (By the by, my feed still works, and if I knew why that was, I'd undoubtedly be even more confused.)

[Update (3-27, 8:45pm): It's all fixed. How? Why? I'll probably never know.]

But on to those "mentionables".

Yadi is hurt. I'm sure I'm only the latest person to mention this, but it bears repeating. He strained his oblique on the basepaths and may very well miss opening day.


Do I sound calmer than you would've thought I'd be? Worry not. I'm currently chewing on the keyboardcxzCVSCz FSXCDC SXWsxzcdcvSXZDSXAzXZ SCX CS X




Oh, sure, Jason LaRue is a great back-up, but he's no Yadi! No one is Yadi! He's, he's... YADI!!!

TLR said this about his catcher:

I don't think there's anybody on our team more important than Yadier. There's others that are as important, but Yadi is right there tied for first.

Good gods, what will we do?

Friday, February 26, 2010

now that's what I'm talking about


It's good news, Cardinals fans!

The Cardinals are bringing back the amazing Flip.
F-Lo. Fe-Lo. Lo-deck.


No, that's all.

Just the news I've been waiting for all off-season.

Ready for some baseball? Me, too.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UCB Roundtable: Salary Cap


My turn at posing a question to the UCB began with buying myself a new purse. Well, it's Spring Training, right? New season, new opportunities, new jerseys. Why not a new handbag to announce my fandom to the world? (And some pretty cool new earrings to boot!)

Spring makes me feel like shopping, and shopping makes me wish I had a lot more money. Money got me thinking about salaries and bonuses and team spending, and that made me wonder about payroll discrepancies across baseball.

Sure, some teams can get by spending less, and some teams feel the need to write blank checks to bring in the talent, but amazingly, there seems to be very little correlation between the number of zeroes and the number of trophies. Maybe this is because of the farm system. Maybe players feel more connected to the team that brought them up, and this loyalty shows itself in the form of "hometown discounts". Maybe arbitration and options and years of service have a positive impact on team development. Maybe a salary cap would only give players more incentive to "test the market".

At any rate, I was curious what the rest of the bloggers thought about the notion. Is a salary cap necessary? Would it work? And how would it affect the Cardinals specifically?