Are you planning on going to the Cards game tonight? Well, if so then definitely plan on getting there early and supporting our troops. Especially since it is Marine week and there are going to be wounded Marinesgathering on the field before the 1st pitch.
You can find the details here: http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2011/06/semper_fi_fund_marine_first_pi.php
Lots of talk in St Louis this past weekend about whether or not the Cardinals should feature homosexual couples on their Kiss Cam during games.
These 2 women called our show yesterday and had the most heated debate I’ve ever heard in the WIL studio.
WHO IS RIGHT? LISTEN BELOW.
Was Mark McGwire a Slugger or Hitter? Mark finished his career with a .263 batting average. I have always thought of Mark McGwire as a Slugger and not a Hitter. It seemed when Mark was at the plate it was either all are nothing. This pretty much describes the offense of this years Cardinals. They have taken on the characteristics of their hitting coach. It seems the only way they can score runs is by hitting home runs. This team has a tough time scoring runs with runners in scoring position. Many games could have been won with singles, doubles, triples and even squeeze bunts. The team has scored two or less runs in twelve of their seventeen loses. Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan and Matt Holliday all worked with Mark McGwire during the past off seasons. Schumaker and Holliday finished with averages over .300 last year, with Brendan Ryan finishing at .292 under the guidance of hitting coach Hal McRae, a lifetime .290 hitter. Schumaker and Ryan are off to horrible starts, and Holliday is not the Holliday of last year. Maybe a little of McGwire during the off season is good, but not as an everyday coach during the regular season. This is McGuire’s first coaching job. Many people have great philosophies on certain subjects, but can they teach it? I hope my current observations are wrong and McGwire becomes a great hitting coach, and the players struggling at this time will go on to have a great season. I don’t consider myself an expert on this subject, but I was a high school hitting coach for fifteen years. Will the Cardinals be sluggers or hitters? Only time will tell.
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(St. Louis, April 7, 2010) – On April 12, the St. Louis Cardinals will play against the Houston Astros in the team’s home opener game. If it were up to local experiential marketing agency Switch, everyone in Missouri would have the day off.
Switch’s “St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day Liberation Committee” has started a blog site (www.openingdayholiday.com) to solicit support for its cause – to make Cardinals opening day an official state holiday. To date, the petition has gained more than 150 online signatures, and counting. The committee is asking St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for their support in the matter.
“Cardinals opening day is already an unofficial holiday, but many fans are still confined to their offices and unable to attend. Much like the brands we liberate every day, we selfishly thought maybe opening day needed a little liberating too. No more illegitimate excuses to leave work or waste vacation days. Cardinal Nation should be free to celebrate this day on which camaraderie and fan-hood are more important than timesheets and weekly reports – a day where work comes second to play,” said committee member Andrew Mullins. “So we’re starting a movement to make ‘Cardinals Opening Day an Official State Holiday.’”
The committee started a viral campaign on Twitter, Facebook and other blog sites to garner support. Additionally, the committee is offering “Make It a Holiday” branded merchandise and hosting an Opening Day tailgate event at Switch’s downtown office as incentive for clients to leave work and join the pre-game campaign festivities.
“We know that this is a bit of a stretch, but definitely a good starting place,” Mullins said. “We now have a full viral campaign underway. With enough support and maybe a mayoral proclamation, at the very least, local employers might feel sympathetic and let us all enjoy the afternoon off celebrating Cardinals Opening Day together.”
Future Hall of Famer John Smoltz is a Cardinal! Let that thought just simmer in your Redbird heart! One of greatest pitchers of our generation is on the back side of his career, but still brings a lot to the table and to the Cards’ locker room.
I got to spend some time with Smoltz after the Cards’ loss to Houston on Thursday and he is clearly a down to earth guy, but is excited to be pitching at Busch Stadium in a Redbird uniform. Smoltz has been a dominant starter and a spectacular reliever and may be one of the best post-season pitchers of all time.
During his days in Atlanta, he was part of one the best starting rotations of the past 30 years. While teaming with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, Smoltz was kind of the emotional leader of that devestating trio and was the best of the three when the Braves reached the play offs.
Now a Cardinal, Smoltz reflects on pitching at Busch, the quality of the current Cardinal rotation, how fortunate he is to be on a team as good as the current crop of Birds and the first couple of days of getting acquainted with his new team and coaches.
I’ve also included a quick quote from Chris Carpenter about how glad he is to have conversations with the experienced and talented John Smoltz.
Enjoy the conversations with these elite Redbird hurlers!
The Cardinals are riding a great streak of winning baseball! Heading into today’s game (Thursday the 27th) they’ve won four straight, are 20 games over .500 and basically have the Central Division in their back pocket. But has anybody noticed that Albert Pujols isn’t very good right now? Because of his great first half numbers, we don’t notice that since July 18th he has been ‘just a player’.
He hasn’t been great, amazing, spectacular, incredible, stunning or even really good. In the first game after the all-star break ‘El Hombre’ blasted two homeruns and his batting average stood at .334. He had 34 homeruns, 89 RBIs and his slugging percentage was .666. IOW, Albert was dominating baseball in a unique and dramatic way.
Since July 18th (36 games) Pujols is batting .280 with six bombs and 18 driven in. Still decent numbers for a mortal, but we’re talking about Albert Pujols here!!! Is he hurt? He’s been hit by seven pitches this season, with three of them coming in August, so is he dinged up or even flinching a bit?
His spectacular numbers coming out of the All-Star game hide how ‘normal’ he’s been since then. All players have slumps and an Albert Pujols slump is still a lot better than anybody else’s. But the question, “what can the Cardinals do in post-season with a depleted Pujols?” Is Albert just gassed and should manager Tony La Russa give him some extended time off?
Since July 17th, his gawdy slugging percentage of .740 has dropped to .666. His on base percentage is off by 17 points he just isn’t driving the ball. The average is down, the power diminished and strike outs are up. Right now, everybody’s favorite player is just not himself.
With the division race all but settled, shouldn’t Albert take some time off. Rest the legs, rest the elbow, rest the mind bib fella! We need you in October because this Albert Pujols won’t carry the Cards to another World Series win, but a rested and refreshed on just might!
Win Tickets to G-Force Day at the Ballpark
St. Louis Cardinals VS Minnesota Twins
Just listen to the Cornbread Morning Show this week for your chance to win. All winners will get 4 screening passes to the new Disney movie, G-Force, plus
one family will win 4 pre-game field visits for before the 6/28 game.
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I know the team home team is struggling to score runs, they’re doing less offensively than a Quaker minister, but is it because of a lack of talent or are they not yet healthy? This is a team that averaged almost 6 runs a game in April before injuries took outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel out of the line up. Since their return they’ve both been lousy. Maybe, just maybe, they’re not all that healthy yet.
When you look at what Iron Man (also known as Albert Pujols) has done, you know this Cardinal line up can be a good one if ANYBODY ELSE hits at all. The Redbirds have played 57 games (heading into Monday’s contest with the Rockies) and Albert has 51 RBI’s. He’s belted 18 homeruns and is the only run producer on the team. It’s sad to watch Pujols leading his gang into a fight, when he’s the only one carrying a 2 by four.
So there are many wondering when the Cards’ general manager John Mozeliak will make a trade. Personally, I think they should do it today right after the game and pick up Colorado’s Garrett Atkins. He’s a power hitting third baseman that that is stinking it up right now and could be had on the cheap. I know Atkins is a Coors Field guy and you have to wonder if the altitude or the supplements are an issue, but he’s a plus defender could fill in behind Pujols and Ludwick quite nicely. One disclaimer here, his career numbers at Busch Stadium are very bad.
Short of that… maybe the good guys just need to get a break. Maybe Ludwick will get healthy and hit like he did last year, and maybe centerfielder Colby Rasmus will continue to develop into a genuine star, and maybe third baseman Troy Glaus will come back from his injury soon and all will be right with the world. A lot of good ‘iffy’ things could happen and make this Cardinal team a good Cardinal team. If not, they better go get Atkins or maybe Miguel Tejada from the Astros, or Fatima, Missouri’s Joe Crede from the Twins. One way or the other the Cardinals need a break.