December 2006

Supp’s Off

Jeff Suppan got a nice Christmas present from the Brewers – a 4-year, $42 million contract.  To put that in terms Brewers fans can relate to, that would buy 6,461,538 cases of Miller High Life. The Cards didn’t even come close with their 3-year $20 million offer.  You can’t blame Supp for going.  I’ll miss him, as he was generally reliable and a hero in the playoffs this year, but I wouldn’t have wanted the Cards to spend $40 million on him.  I have to hope that money can be spent better down the road, though I am worrying about what the rotation is going to look like.  Hopefully, we can hang on to Weaver.  I might still venture up to the Valley and review Soup’s Grill sometime, for old time’s sake.

Vince Coleman Got Run Over By a Rain Tarp



Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

He’d been drinkin’ too much Gatorade,
and we begged him not to go.
But he wanted to warm up.
So he dashed out, sprinting like a pro.

When they found him Game Four eve,
dazed and pinned ‘neath the tarp,
There was a bone chip in his knee.
He’d seen an angel with a harp.
Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

We were all so proud of Whitey.
He took the news pretty darn well.
Substituted Tito Landrum,
whose jerri curl and four hits were swell!

It just wasn’t the same without Vince.
We got the pennant but no I-70 series win.
We all can’t help but wonder, with Vince’s speed,
would the Royals have taken it on the chin?

Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe.

Now the Cards just won the series,
and the killer tarp we’ve nearly forgot.
Vince Coleman has long since retired.
He probably even bought a yacht.
I warn all the Cardinal players.
Better watch out, Yadi and Jim.
Look both ways before crossing the field.
The rain tarp may strike again.

Vince Coleman got run over by a rain tarp,
daydreaming on the field playoffs eve.
You can say there’s no such think as bad luck.
But as for me and Whitey, we believe

Relive the Tarp story

Merry Christmas from Cardinal Girl! 

Now it’s your turn to pen the lyrics to "I’m Dreaming of a Whitey Christmas"…

Restaurant Review – Mike Shannon’s

My Dad and I ventured downtown on a peaceful, unseasonably
warm November Friday evening to dine at Mike Shannon’s. The reviews of Mike’s new place had been
glowing, so our expectations were high, and they were met. The place was not
busy, probably because we were eating a little later than the usual St. Louis dinner hour, and
because there was no sporting event to draw folks downtown. We were seated in the main dining room at a
window table that gave us a nice view of the downtown Christmas lights and of
ambling horse and buggies.

Looking around the room, I noticed the décor was much more
tasteful than most sports-themed restaurants. Some large photos of Mike Shannon and the Cardinals of his era hung on
the walls. Bats were racked rather
artistically in glass cases to create a partition. A beaded glass curtain separated off a
semi-private dining alcove. Tables had
white table clothes and plush chairs.

The restaurant has steaks and seafood in its name, and the
menu gives plenty of choices of both. Everything is a la carte, so bring your wallet. We found the food to be well worth the
money. We started with house salads,
which were decent if a little too reminiscent of The Pasta House. I like The Pasta House Salad, but it gets a
little repetitive. My dad ordered a filet mignon, and I ordered the New York strip
steak. Both were cooked to our liking,
and the filet, while it was the smaller cut, was so big my dad took some
home. We also shared a side order of
creamed spinach, which was delicious. I think creamed spinach is the perfect
accompaniment to a steak. The side
dishes may seem pricey (averaging $7-8), but they are big enough to share.

We were too stuffed for dessert, but the robust coffee
provided a nice finale. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant throughout the

I’d say the steaks were as good as any I’ve had in St. Louis (competition
would be Kreis’ and Carmine’s). We
agreed we’d definitely like to revisit Shannon’s.
If I could afford it, I’d eat there as often as Mike says “Ole Abner has done
it again.” To sum up my feelings on the
restaurant, I’ll borrow a catchphrase from Mike’s late, great broadcasting
partner: “That’s a winner!”

 Have you eaten at Shannon’s?
Do you have other St. Louis
steakhouse recommendations? Post your comments.

Pujols To Apologize

Albert is going to apologize to Ryan Howard and claims he never meant to hurt him and that his remark was misinterpreted.  I’m glad to hear this, but it kind of reminds me of when people come across badly on reality shows and then blame the editing (most recently, superbrat Jeffrey on Project Runway).  They can’t make you look bad if you don’t make the jerky comments to begin with.  And I don’t think it’s an ESL problem.

Albert Pujols – Diva

Albert Pujols certainly has good reasons to think he should have been named MVP. He had another excellent season. Many voted for him. I certainly would have voted for him.  But it was a close call with Ryan Howard, and Howard won.  They were both worthy.  So Albert can believe in his heart he should be MVP.  He can bore Diedre and the kids at home by telling them over and over how he was robbed.  He should not, however, tell the press that the MVP should be a dude like himself whose team made the playoffs. Statements like this make him seem like a big crybaby and a total primadonna.  He should give Howard credit, cause credit is due. 

I don’t even think Albert’s comment makes sense, frankly.  You can be the MVP but you still need the help of quite a few other fellas to make the playoffs.  Baseball is a team sport, after all.  Pujols sometimes resembles atlas, but the Cards would not have made the playoffs without Carpenter, Suppan, Wainwright, Eckstein, Rolen, and many other key contributors.  I think being MVP means you’re an essential part of the team, the guy who makes it happen, but it doesnt mean you’re a one-man band.

For Albert to make a comment like this only about a month after he got crucified for saying that Tom Glavine didn’t have good stuff is hard for me to swallow. It makes it seem like he learned nothing from that incident.  Somebody get this guy some counseling on how to deal with the media – fast.   

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