Tagged: St. Louis Cardinals


So my New Year’s Resolution this year is too start writing again. I am going to try to schedule it into my day so I can get back into the habit of writing. I apologize for the long absence but I just got busy and eventually I got out of the habit of posting anything. 

You may have noticed that m title changed. I decided that I will probably talk about the St. Louis Cardinals enough for them to get a mention in my title. I will always love St. Louis so why not talk about them too?

The Indians have not done too much this off season. They lost a player and gained a player in the Rule 5 and have only made a few other moves, including signing Anthony Reyes to a minor league deal after non-tendering him.
Probably their most significant so far has been trading Kelly Shoppach to the Rays for a PTNBL. This leaves the catcher position to Lou Marson, who seems like he could be a very solid player until Santana is ready. I liked Marson a lot from what I saw at the end of 2009.
The Cardinals have had a much more exciting Hot Stove season. They lost Mark DeRosa to the Giants, which made me sad but is probably best for both parties. They signed Brad Penny which is fine with me, just fine. They lost Troy Glaus to the Braves (most likely) which is another move that I approve of. They are currently pursuing Matt Holliday who has reportedly refused their first offer. 
Here is what I want from this offseason for the Cardinals:
1) Matt Holliday- for a reasonable price. With Scott Boras as an agent that may be asking too much. However the market for him does not appear to be too large but you never know what may happen.
2) John Smoltz- I just like him a lot.
3) No more Rick Ankiel- He has a great story but I think it’s time he go somewhere else. I wish him well wherever that is.

The football Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Georgia Tech, solidifying my hatred for the Yellow Jackets. They went on to the Music City Bowl which was obviously a much worse bowl than they deserved and is a prime example of how the bowl system is screwed up and beat Kentucky. Although they looked terrible doing it. I got to go and it was a lot of fun. It was very cold though. It even started flurrying which prompted cries of “Snow!” from the Clemson fans and no reaction from the Kentucky fans. I will miss CJ Spiller next year and I hope the NFL sees how much better he is than the College Football world gives him credit for and he goes with a very early pick in the Draft.
The basketball Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Illinois during Finals week. I was there and it was terrible watching the Illini climb back into the game after Clemson led by 20 points at one time. I don’t have very high hopes for this team this year; they just don’t seem as smart as they did last year.
Stuff you expected me to mention…
Grady’s pictures- I haven’t seen them and I don’t plan on it. It was stupid for him to put them on the Internet if he didn’t want anyone to see them. That is my only comment.
Picture of the Day
Lou Marson- What’s not to like?

My Favorite Stadium Right Now

As you all know I went to Busch Stadium last night to watch the Cardinals play the Pirates. The Cardinals beat the Pirates by a score of 4-2. It was a good game. I even saw an Albert Pujols home run and almost an Adam Wainwright home run. If that seems confusing to some of you who remember that Wainwright pitched Tuesday night, he was a pinch hitter. That’s right, Tony LaRussa pinch hit a pitcher. Wainwright is a good hitter though so it is not quite as silly as it sounds.

The Indians also beat Boston 9-2. Amazingly the bullpen managed to not give up any runs and blow a 7-run lead which would have not surprised me in the least. Victor Martinez and Mark DeRosa both hit home runs. Grady was 0-4. I have only wish for Grady in this series: I want him to get on base against Wakefield with no one in front of him because this is pretty much a guaranteed steal. I know he can do it despite a bunch of Cleveland fans giving up on him and saying he is not a good hitter anymore. Someone (a Toronto fan, so maybe not very credible) even suggested sending him down. No thank you. My guess is he would do terribly in the minors. He will figure it out I promise you.
This picture took forever to get right. My brother refused to smile normally or at all for about 10 pictures before this.

I hate off days.

I hate them. They are boring and since everyone and their mom has an off day today there is really nothing to do. UPDATE: Two more games are postponed and another is in a delay. At this rate there will be no baseball at all. 

This is what I do on off days. Watch videos of my crazy friends who dress up in bunny suits and steal people out of tour groups. This same person showed up in my room at like one o’clock with a flashlight shining in my face. Don’t worry they knew the girl they kidnapped from the tour. Funny story: One person in the tour group says, “That was creepy.” Another says immediately afterwards, “That makes me really want to go here.” We do our best to help the tour guides out.
So I will make my entry about something that caused a lot of discussion on Facebook today. So if you are not on Facebook I will explain to you what happened. There is an application on Facebook called Living Social. This application allows you to procrastinate even more or pay even lass attention in class by letting you pick your top five of anything such as Favorite Pro Sports Teams (Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, Manchester United, Texas rangers, and Indianapolis Colts) or Celebrity Crushes (Grady Sizemore, Channing Tatum, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ian Kinsler, Nick Markakis), etc. You may think that this would get old but as anyone who has Facebook and is familiar with any application they never get old, ever. I have done about five million of these top five lists (exaggeration, but a lot) and eventually ran out of lists to do. So I made my own. I entitled it Baseball’s Best Fans. Here is my list with explanations. 

Let the arguing begin.
5) I don’t remember. I used it a long time ago.

Happy Birthday Major League!

Congratulations to Austin at The Bottom Line for knowing the quotes were from Boy Meets World.

Tonight I am switching to a Cardinals blog because the Indians are off. 
1) Khalil Greene- Clemson boy comes through! With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the bottom of the fourth Greene hit a double with the bases loaded to score two runs. He has also made some pretty good defensive plays at short. Go Clemson!
2) Colby Rasmus- Rasmus made his Major League debut tonight and got on base three times (so far). This included his first Major League hit.
3) David Freese- A native St. Louisan Freese also made his debut with the Cardinals today. He struck out but it was exciting anyway. He went to Lafayette High School which produced another baseball star whom you may have heard of: Ryan Howard.
4) Yadier Molina- My favorite and the best Molina brother got a triple today. No you did not read that wrong, a TRIPLE! For those of you who may not know, Molina is probably one of the slowest runners I have ever seen, so a triple is a miracle.
5) St. Louis- They showed a shot of downtown St. Louis and the Old Courthouse. I miss St. Louis. It is so amazing. One of the best cities in the world.
OKay back to Indians blogging. Major League turned twenty today! In its honor I will be watching it tonight and I will give y’all this to watch:
Tonight’s quote:
“And when I close my eyes I see you what for you truly are… UUUUGLAY!”
Name the movie. Hint: Channing Tatum

Can you ever just be whelmed?

I hate the Rangers. I also hate the Indians. Thanks a lot guys. That sucked. I would have been fine with 9 runs for the Rangers as long as it meant not just 1 run for the Indians. Thanks. I hate Josh Hamilton, I hate Ian Kinsler, I hate Kevin Millwood, I hate Cliff Lee, I really hate Travis Hafner, and I hate Grady. Okay I do not actually hate any of these people; I am just frustrated with most of them. Grady is a little bit less on my hate list. He did manage to get the Indians first hit of the season but he struck out in first at bat which if you remember was during Psychology. It took a lot of self-control to not scream at the computer during class. This was not fun. It was supposed to be fun. I was not amused. Stupid Indians. There you have it; my first official rant.

I think my fantasy teams may be failing miserably too. Okay fine. Whatever. The Cardinals are not failing completely although question: Why is Khalil batting cleanup? I do not understand. I just don’t. So Indians fans complaining about Hafner batting fourth just think at least you do not have Khalil Greene batting fourth. Look on the bright side. I know after today’s loss it is bit hard to do but you have to try. Oh and also, there are 161 more games to go. Unfortunately the Indians have a random day off tomorrow placed right in the middle of a series. That may be the first time I have seen that and i have been watching baseball for almost 20 years. Oh wow. I’m old. 20 may be one of the worst birthdays ever. You do not actually get to do anything but you are not a teenager anymore. You just sound old and you get nothing for it. Thanks United States for having a random, ridiculous drinking age. 
Okay so Khalil Greene just had an RBI but the bases were loaded, I mean all he had to do was hit the ball.
Here to cheer everyone up after reading this downer post:
The girl who made this video is sorely mistaken. Future Mrs. Sizemore. Whatever. He is so mine. ūüôā 
Oh and I have been forgetting to do this, here is today’s quote:
“I know you can be overwhelmed (the Indians today) and you can be underwhelmed (the Indians fans today) but can you ever just be whelmed?” “I think you can in Europe.”
My favorite movie. Name it.

The Way I Love(d) You

He is sensible and so incredible
And all my single friends are jealous
He says everything I need to hear and it’s like
I couldn’t ask for anything better
He opens up my door and I get into his car
And he says you look beautiful tonight
And I feel perfectly fine

This was previous baseball relationship. You know the one with the Cardinals. They have won a World Series in my lifetime. They usually pick me up with a win because they have not had a losing season in my memory. They are a wonderful team. I really could not ask for anything better.

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it’s 2am and I’m cursing your name
You’re so in love that you act insane
And that’s the way I loved you
Breakin’ down and coming undone
It’s a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that’s the way I loved you

Then came the Indians. I fell in love on October 4, 2007 (Thanks Jane for giving dates in your book. I would not have known when the game I was watching was played without it.) I am babysitting and the Yankees are on. I hate the Yankees but I watch anyway. It was fate. This other team that I had never given any thought is beating the hated Yankees. And their leadoff hitter (contrary to what i originally thought) was pretty much the most gorgeous human being I had ever seen. I mean this guy was cuter than Patrick Mayfield at Webster Groves High School. That is not normal. I was in love. This was completely different from my love for the Cardinals. Last season was different from any other baseball season I have ever experienced. i always laughed at my dad when he yelled at the TV during Cards games and then I found myself screaming at the Indians in the awful 2007 ALCS and crying after that terrible Game 7. I was a different person. Last season I sat in front of my Macbook and screamed at it when the Indians decided to have a .500 season, something the Cardinals had never ever done to me. 

He respects my space and never makes me wait
And he calls exactly when he says he will
He’s close to my mother, talks business with my father
He’s charming and endearing and I’m comfortable

My parents are die hard Cardinal fans. I always thought I was too. I did not know the true meaning of a fan until I found the Indians. My mom and dad thought I was insane. They did not understand how I could not love the Cardinals. They are the Cardinals! They are a great team in the best city ever! I do not know what is wrong me either but here I am.

He can’t see the smile I’m faking
And my heart’s not breaking
Cause I’m not feeling anything at all
And you were wild and crazy
Just so frustrating intoxicating complicated
Got away by some mistake and now…

I realize that my feelings for the Cardinals were nothing. They were shallow and convenient and meant nothing to me. (That’s not really true, they did make me very happy for awhile.) But the Indians they never failed to get me excited. Whether it was Grady hitting a leadoff home run or Eric Wedge bringing in Mujica only to have him give up yet another grand slam, there was never a dull moment with these guys.¬†

Lyrics by Taylor swift and John Rich

I remember being a Cardinal fan. It was nice. They won more than they lost; they even won a World Series. But although I rushed home from work and covered my eyes when Wainwright threw that last pitch in the World Series like I was supposed to I did not really mean it. I was going through the motions. I was not a true Cardinal fan. I loved them, sure, but not really. I will always love the Cardinals but I guess it is like when you break up and say, “Can we still be friends?” I just do not LOVE them. I LOVE the Indians; they are my everything. I will never go back to the fan who just fakes it, I will forever be a true fan from now on.

So God help my poor roommate this April. She will have to put up with my temper tantrums and craziness during Indians games. She will not even know what is going on because I will probably have my headphones on so I do not disturb her. She may hate me in about a month so any prayers or good vibes sent her way would be fabulous.

#20 and Updates


First off thanks everyone for keeping me on the latest leaders. I really appreciate y’all reading and commenting all the time. Thanks for being so supportive.
Today’s tribute was kind of a no-brainer (not as much as #24 would have been). It is none other than the great:
Lou Brock!

Lou Brock wore the number 20 when he played for the Cardinals from 1964-1979. Before he played for the Cubs, but we will forgive him.
He played in around 2600 games total with a career batting average of .293. He had over 3000 hits and exactly 900 RBI’s. His career fielding¬†percentage¬†was a .959. He had 958 stolen bases with a .753 percentage. He made it to the World Series 4 times, once with the Cubs and three times with the Cardinals. Of those trips he won twice. Maybe if he was there without the Cubs the first time he would have won that one as well. He also appeared in 6 All Star games, all while playing with the Cardinals. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
Lou Brock and his wife are both ordained ministers and do a lot with the Christian Community. They both conduct the Worship Service each year for the Hall of Fame Inductee ceremony. He is still a very popular and beloved figure in St. Louis and is given a hero’s welcome any time he makes an appearance.
Cleveland Indians Baseball
Aaron Laffey started today against the Rangers and at face value his stats do not look too good. He gave up six hits and 4 runs in his second inning of work. However most of these hits and runs came off of bad luck, like balls hitting umpires being called hits, and some defensive errors. Overall he got ground balls and had some bad luck so he is not too worried about his performance.
We did score 7 runs in today’s loss to the Rangers so our offense picked up a little after the first couple of innings. The Indians had a very productive 4th, batting around and scoring 4 runs.
Grady may be ready to DH by Wednesday. He has not done any work on his lower half but played catch and took batting practice today.
Anthony Reyes makes his ST debut tomorrow. I am excited. I am probably his biggest Cleveland fan. I want him to do well since I remember him from St. Louis and I saw him do well there but experience what I think was some bad luck. I think all he needed was a change of scenery and I hope he performs very well in Cleveland.
Lou Credits:
Photo Credits:
1) http://www.champion1travel.com/images/LouBrock.jpg
2) loubrock.com
3) businessweek.com
4) http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/07rYdV5dKy0KH/340x.jpg

Number 27!

So apparently it is a tradition around here to dedicate a blog entry to a player who wore the number you are one the latest leaders. So I decided since I grew up watching the Cardinals I am allowed to choose players from them too. This time I chose:


Todd Zeile. Todd was #27 on the Cardinals from 1989- 1995. Side note: In 1996 he was with the Cubs (oh dear). 
He started his career in the Big Leagues at age 23 as a catcher for the Redbirds on August 18, 1989. I was almost born. Countdown 6 days! He was a starting infielder for the Cards in 1992 the year my baby brother was born. That is why I chose him. He is also a Virgo just like me! He never hit over .300 but that’s okay (Grady has not either and he is pretty good). His career batting average was .265, not too shabby actually. He earned his money on defense apparently. He was always close to the 1.000 mark in fielding percentage and in 2004 he received his highest fielding percentage (in a season where he played more than 2 games) at .995 with the Mets. He also played for the Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers,
Mets, Rockies, Yankees, and Expos. He finished his career in 2004 with the Mets.
Picture and Bio: The Baseball Almanac http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=zeileto01
Now y’all let’s get me to #24 so I can talk to you about this guy:
And him:
Oh and him too:
See Julia, I’m pretty shallow. ūüôā
Grady Pictures: Photos from the Plain Dealer http://photos.cleveland.com/plain-dealer/2009/01/soogoodyeard.html

My Indians Story

After the 2007¬†regular¬†season something happened in my baseball life. I was babysitting sometime in October and the family I babysit for only has a few cable channels so¬†every time¬†I babysit I have to watch whatever is on the normal network channels after Maggie goes to sleep. Luckily that night there was a baseball game on, Indians vs. Yankees. Naturally I was cheering for the Indians as they were not the Yankees and I as a rule do not cheer for the Yankees. I don’t remember which game was on, I know I should probably remember this since I guess it would be my first ever memory as an Indians fan but I don’t. All I know after that night I was an Indians fan. I didn’t¬†understand¬†it but I was and still am. There is something about the Indians that I just love. I can’t put my finger on it but there is something special about them. I know everyone probably thinks it is all because of Grady Sizemore but it’s not. If that were the case I would have been a Red Sox fan at that point because my favorite player back then was JD Drew who was and still is on the Red Sox. However back then I hated the Red Sox only a little less than the Yankees. For some reason I was drawn to the Indians that offseason and I have been a diehard fan ever since.¬†

I think becoming an Indians fan actually made me more of a baseball fan because I had to go out of my way to follow them. I had to look up there standings and get MLB.TV to watch their games and I actually enjoyed reading the articles on their website. Because I had to actively follow the Indians I began actively following baseball as well. Being an Indians fan exposed much more to the American League because as a Cardinal fan I never really knew much about what was happening in the American League. So now I would say I am a much more “well rounded” baseball fan thanks to the Indians

So Sweet


So Taguchi is to this day one of my absolute favorite players. He is so sweet and likable and always does whatever is asked of him with no complaints and to the best of his ability. So started in Japan where he was a teammate of Ichiro Suzuki on the Orix BlueWave. In 2002 the¬†Cardinals¬†signed So as a free agent. Late that year he was called up and became the first and only Japanese player to play for the Cardinals. He was called up briefly again in 2003 and then in 2004 finally got a substantial amount of playing time even appearing in 2 World Series games. In 2005 he became an everyday player due to injuries to some Cardinal outfielders. He had a very good year and performed very well as an everyday player. In 2006 his playing time¬†decreased¬†a little but he was still a member of the 2006 World Champion¬†Cardinals¬†and¬†had¬†a very nice year. He returned in 2007 and had another solid year but was not resigned by the Cardinals at the end of the year and was instead picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies who proceeded to win the World Series this past season. So that’s 2 World Series rings for So. This season he has been invited to the Cubs Spring Training; as Kathy at Redbird Chatter pointed out maybe the Cubs are trying to cash in on some of So’s Luck this year and break a certain Billy Goat Curse. Who knows? Anyway So is a great player and from what I have heard a great teammate. I will always love So even if he is playing for the Cubs.
I couldn’t resist the baby is just too cute!
Pictures: 1) www.bestsportsphotos.com/images/baseball/taguchi-so-slc-2.jpg

    2) http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42254000/jpg/_42254630_so300_300.jpg

Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Taguchi