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Yadier Molina not tired………JUST BORED?


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Yadier Molina and STL Cardinal’s manager Mike Matheny had a bit of a difference of opinion recently.   Molina was held out of a game…….in place of Carson Kelly; some say because Matheny said “Yadi looked tired”.   Matheny said, “he never said tired”.   Truth is you have to rest your catcher once in a while, and Kelly needs some playing time.   Molina took exception, “I am not tired, I train to play 174 games” (which would include play-off and World Series games).

I was at last evenings Arizona D-Backs/Cardinal game.  Yadi may not be tired, but he looks bored.   The Cardinals got spanked, because of sloppy play and the offense could not score.   This version of the “Cardinal Way” is boring, sloppy and don’t seem to grasp basic fundamentals of how to play the game.

There were fireworks following the game, which drew more applause from 50% of the fans that stayed to watch than there was in the game.   Fireworks outside the confines of the stadium, not even a spark from the team inside!    Team?   They don’t look like a team, not a good one anyway.   Time for some major changes!

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CARDINALS VS. NY METS


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Friday night and Saturday afternoon went to the Cards/Mets game in St. Louis.   We sat next to 3 Mets fans on Friday and there were about 200 Met fans in the right field section on Saturday.   Good, clean fun!   A little bit of back and forth rival bashing from both sides, but all in fun!   Its not quite like it was when these two teams were in the same National League division, but it was a good reminder of the past.

We then went to Ball Park Village (directly across the street from the stadium) following the game for a couple of beers; Met fans were enjoying the Village with Cardinal fans there, probably for the first time.

The weekend series is tied at one game apiece.  Today will be the rubber game!   Go Cards!

STL. CARDINALS HONOR MILITARY


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I attended this game last evening as my son was given a couple of seats in a suite.  He could not attend so his wife and my oldest grandson went in his place.  My significant other/common law wife by now…….set in great seats just beyond the left field wall, a section over just inside the foul pole.

The St. Louis Cardinals are a class act organization.   Friday night was Military Appreciation Night, with a theme of “This One’s for you”.   Military personnel and families were at the game, some of the families without their a husband, father, mother, daughter or brother, still serving in another land.

I was a bit disappointed that more families and military personnel were not introduced to the fans than there was.   I thought they could have done more in between innings, rather than having the usual game Kiss Cam and other games; but I also realize it can be difficult to arrange.   Appreciate what you get, the Cardinals didn’t have to do it at all.   But, that’s not who they are; we are, Cardinal Nation.  Thank You!

ARLIN REPORT THOUGHT OF THE DAY: MUST BE OCTOBER


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Photo from Lee at the Post Dispatch-St. Louis

UNBELIEVABLE MOMENT, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE, HOLLIDAY CLOSES OUT SEPTEMBER OPENS OCTOBER WITH A BANG!

Matt Holliday, has been a St. Louis Cardinal for 7 1/2 years.   A great Cardinal, loved by Cardinal nation.   Matt has been my favorite Cardinal since his arrival in St. Louis.  I was there for his first game in a Redbird uniform, when he hit a double off the left center-field wall to excite the crowd.

Matt has been on injured reserve for several weeks with a broken thumb.  It’s healed but still a bit sore and stiff.   The Cardinals announced they would not pick up the left fielder’s 2017 option.  They agreed to activate him for the final regular season weekend, for a farewell to the fans.   He did not disappoint and neither did the fans.

I was with my daughter last night, with great seats down the third baseline in the 2nd level, a great view.   My daughter is pregnant, was craving some water.  It’s 7th inning stretch, and I was going to use the restroom (too much info, sorry) she ask if I’d get her a bottle of water; naturally I would.  I was approaching the concession worker, with my eyes on the TV monitor above, could I be seeing this correctly?    Holliday has bat in hand approaching the plate and his name is announced. The fans knowing we were possibly seeing his finale at bat, game as a Cardinal, gave him a strong Cardinal Nation standing ovation.  I stood and watched as he takes his classic Holliday swing the other way and the ball sails into the right field bullpen, a solo home run.  Incredible, unbelievable, he has swung a bat in weeks and he catches the ball perfectly and drills it; you could not write a better ending.

Holliday is greeted by first baseman Matt Carpenter with a hug as he crosses the plate.   At the top of the dugout steps, long-time teammates Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright meet Matt with a three-man hug, tears begin to flow from Holliday and possibly his mates.   Once in the dugout, the other team members share hugs, but the fans demand a curtain call.  Matt came back to the top of the steps, tips his hat to the crowd, a delirious fan base.   More tears flow from Holliday and some from fans as iPods and other video devices capture this beautiful moment.  I will admit, I was choking back tears.

When I made it back to my seat, my daughter laughs, and says thinking to herself, “Dad is missing Hollidays final at bat.” and seconds later “Oh dads going to be so upset he missed this Holliday homer.”.  I didn’t miss it, I saw it on the T.V.,  “it’s not the same” she says.  I told her, “but I was here”.   What I did see, that I can never remember seeing quite like this before:  When the ball fell into the bullpen, the crowd around the concessions were screaming, including the workers, my concession clerk was dancing.   I’ve been to countless Cardinals baseball games in my life, this was an exciting moment, concession workers celebrating with fans.  I’ve seen it before, but not quite like this……  What makes it even more special, Matt Holliday loves being a Cardinal, he loves the fans, and we love him.  He wore the Cardinal’s uniform as well as anyone ever has.  What a classy gentleman.  Thank you Matt!

CUBS CONTINUE TO PREY ON CARDINALS


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That seems to be the strategy for the Cubs.   Beat, the Cardinals by taking their players.   However, when you are a free agent, you don’t belong to anyone.   The Cardinals lost in the reverse bidding war.   Cards and Nationals offered more overall money.   Cubs management convinced Heyward he’d win a championship in a baby bear’s uniform and maybe he does.   They actually made the playoffs as a wildcard team last year, beat the Cardinals to advance, only to be whipped by the Mets.  Past Cub players have heard this song and dance before, “This is our Year”.

The people of Chicago (all those living and most that have passed) have never experienced their beloved Cubs win a World Series.  So, is 2016 “the Cub’s Year”?   Maybe, maybe not, you don’t win on paper, you win on the field.

Too many Cardinal fans are fretting this morning.   Why?   We’ve lost players, great players before.    One player leaves, it presents an opportunity for another, “Next man up”.   St. Louis you know this phrase.   It is in the veins of the Cardinals organization.

Heyward was not Albert.   We lost Albert, we returned the next season to the playoffs.   Jason Heyward is a terrific player.   A great defensive player.   He hit .293, a weak .293.   He is a capable homerun hitter, but not a slugger.   He might hit 20 HRs in Wrigley.   Might!  This past season for St. Louis, Heyward had 60 RBIs.    From a right fielder, you need more production than that.   Heyward struggled with men on base.   In fairness lots of Cardinals did in 2015.

The upside, the Cardinals now have 2 spots for their young TALENTED, outfielders.  Enter  Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk, who we got good long looks.    Look at the numbers:

Games   AB     Runs  Hits    Hr  RBI     BA

Heyward     154       547     79     160    13    60     .293

Piscotty              63       233   29       71       7     39        .305

Grichuk             103    323     49      89      17     47      .276

Piscotty and Grichuk’s  PRODUCTION numbers are better on average.    Give these guys the same number at bats as Heyward, they smash his production totals.   Also, their defense and base-running skills are nothing to sneeze at.

Many teams would panic if they lost a player such as Heyward.   The Cardinals have youth to replace him with, talented youth.   They may yet this winter add another outfielder/bat, Piscotty is more than capable of playing 1st.   If the outfield ends up being  Holliday in Left, Grichuk in center and Piscotty in right, they have a fourth in Tommy Pham and Moss.   Matt Adams would have 1st base, with Moss and Piscotty to fill in if needed.

The future is still bright for St. Louis.   The Cubs will still have to deal with the Cardinals.   Cubs will start the year as media favorites, but the Cards, as Joe Buck once called it……..”They just won’t go away.”   The rivalry just got a little warmer.

Cardinal fans, look at the numbers from last year…..this could turn out to be a blessing.

 

ARLIN REPORT THOUGHT OF THE DAY-STL CARDS BASEBALL


Washington Nationals’ manager Matt Williams is a great guy, but a not a great field skipper.   The St. Louis Cardinals are taking advantage of poor decisions.    Nationals came into to season as World Series favorites.   Cardinals are cruising……….Nationals sinking.

Go Cards!