July 2010

Cardinal Girl is Bad Luck

Well, it’s taken me a couple weeks to get around to writing about the games I attended on the Cardinals’ recent ugly West Coast trip. I guess I was just in mourning since they lost all 3 games I attended (2 in LA, 1 in Phoenix).  Maybe I’m bad luck. Or more likely, Dave is bad luck, since the Cardinals lost every game he’s attended with me. But then, I only brought him to 2 out of the 3 games, so I guess the blame falls on me.  

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First, I attended the Cards v Dodgers game on June 8, a pitchers’ duel between Kuroda and Carpenter. It was a tense one, but the Cards came up short. Then I saw them lose to the Dodgers on June 9. Anyway, I still had fun at Dodger Stadium and enjoyed the dodger dogs.  And there were a lot of Cards fans in attendance to commiserate with when the Cards got swept.
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Then, we went to Phoenix for the weekend to celebrate Dave’s birthday with his family, which conveniently coincided with the Cards’ visit to Chase Field.  I picked the June 12 game to attend, which was the worst of the three, with Adam Ottavino getting shelled and Dan Haren pitching like an ace.  
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I enjoyed the visit to Chase Field and was able to score the best tickets I’ve had for a game, other than Spring Training.  We were about 12 rows up from the field, just near the Cards’ dugout and a little beyond first base. Dave brought his camera and I spent a lot of the game shooting pics.  You can check out all my pics here.  It was a nice, surprisingly cool night in Phoenix and they left the roof open.  
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All teams have their slumps, and even the mighty Pujols has one now and again. I just wish the Cardinals’ slump hadn’t coincided with my rare opportunity to see them. My next in-person game will be July 22 in St. Louis against the Phillies, so you might want to place your bet on the Phillies now. 

Game Haiku – 06/13/10 – Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 5

The agony of 

the walk off! Cards’ comeback marred 
by Chase Young’s homer.

Game Haiku – 06/12/10 – Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2

My first trip to Chase 

Field is marred by a shaky
Ottavino start. 

Game Haiku – 06/11/10 – Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 2

Brendan Ryan pulls 

up his socks and pulls out of 
his slump: three-run shot. 

Game Haiku – 06/09/10 – Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3

Ludwick shows power, 

but Wainwright doesn’t quite have 
his good stuff. Dodgers sweep.

Game Haiku – 06/08/10 – Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0

Tense game. Carp is sharp, 

but Kuroda is bolder.
Broxton shuts the door. 

I’m #38. I try harder.

urrea.jpgThe June stats posted on the MLBlogosphere show Cardinal Girl at #38 among the fan blogs. Thanks, readers!  In May, I was #45 so I’m on the rise. Now if I would just write haiku more than once per month, who knows where I might be?  

I had a hard time finding a Cardinal with #38.  Jose Cruz wore #38 for the Cards, but I couldn’t find a pic of him that showed it. So here is John Urrea who I was not familiar with. He pitched for the Cards from 1977 – 1980. His full name is John Goody Urrea. Baseball Almanac doesn’t have much to say about him, but I love the entry on him in Cardboard Gods
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