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Game Haiku – 04/09/07 – Cards 3, Pirates 0

Looper shuts out Bucs
and Rolen, Pujols, even
Wilson get key hits

Keep Your Finger Off the Panic Button

It always amazes me how the awesome Cardinal fans can turn surly so quickly.  I half-expected to hear some radio call-in folks demanding that Albert be traded due to his very slow start this week.  But luckily, Sir Albert snapped out of it today with a homer and a hit, and Scott Rolen also had two hits. 

The offense has certainly been weak, with the exception of today’s 10-run blitzkrieg in Houston.  Only Duncan is off to a hot start.  Obviously, we aren’t going to win many games putting up just 1 run. 

Pitching brought some highs and lows this week.  The big concern is Carpenter and his inflamed elbow. The latest news is that the swelling returned after his workout yesterday and he’s now been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup (who will take his place? Joaquin Andjuar may be available.).  The thought of Carpenter being out for an extended period of time is terrifying, but at least Wainwright and Wells have been performing like aces-in-waiting. 

So, I’m not inclined to panic.  Yes, we got swept by the Mets, but we took the series from the Astros in Houston, and I’m confident this ship will right itself. 

I’m in St Louis this week, home for Easter, and thinking about going to Friday’s game if it warms up a bit.  This is the coldest Easter I remember.  Kids were finding it hard to pick up easter eggs with their mittens on today.  Lots of bobbling in the field, kinda like we saw from Preston Wilson this week.

Game Haiku – 04/08/07 – Cards 10, Astros 1

Wells dominates, and
Pujols homers; a good end
to a rough first week

Civil Rights Game Highlights

I’m watching the Civi Rights game on my new HD TV as I type this.  It’s very exciting to have HD in time for the season. Unfortunately, I don’t have Direct TV so not sure how many games I’ll be seeing…grrr…

Cards are looking ready for Opening Day tomorrow.  Great to see Albert hit a towering homer, and Molina has 2 hits so far.  Many contributors to the current 5-1 lead in the 5th.  Wainwright looks sharp, and it was funny to see him help his cause with a single that scored two. 

I plan to live blog during tomorrow’s Opening Day game.  See ya then!

Cards Squander 4-run Lead

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Yadi and Looper talk strategy


It was exciting to arrive at Roger Dean Stadium today and join the sea of red-clad fans, watching the Cards take on the Mets.  The stakes were decidely lower than the last time these two teams got together. 

We had seats in Section 102, behind the Cards bullpen, which afforded a great view of the players as they entered and exited the field.  Check out all my photos in the new Spring Training 2007 photo album in the sidebar.  The Cardinals seemed to be in a great mood today and nearly all of them signed autographs – Pujols, Speizio, Carpenter, and Molina signed for quite a while. 

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Yes, Albert signed for all those kids


Looper had his first start today, and he worked pretty efficiently.  Unfortunately, subsequent pitchers let him down, and the Cards blew a 5-1 lead to lose 6-5.  Narveson gave up 2 runs, then Kinney quickly loaded the bases and gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th.  Kinney just could not find the plate today, and he also made an errant throw in a pickoff attempt. 

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Molina talks to Kinney after he’s loaded the bases


There were some definite offensive highlights, with Pujols getting a hit and 2 RBIs and Molina getting an RBI double.  J Rod covered a lot of ground to make an awesome catch in deep right-center, but Duncan made us groan when he lost a ball in the sun that appeared catchable, although he wasn’t credited with an error. 

I’m looking forward to my 2nd game tomorrow and seeing how Kip Wells will do in his first start, as the Cards take on the Marlins. 

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.   

Ryan Howard Beats Albert for MVP

Ryan Howard has been named NL MVP for 2006, just edging out El Hombre.  Congratulations to Ryan on an amazing season!  He is from St. Louis after all, so we don’t need to be bitter. 

Of course I would have voted for Albert because I know from watching the Cardinals everyday the impact he has on this team and the way he can change a game. It’s not just his bat but his stellar defense, aggressive baserunning, and leadership on and off the field.  I haven’t watched Howard enough to compare.  Howard’s numbers were a bit better in most areas, but then Albert missed about a month due to injury, too. 

Anyway, if Albert gets depressed about this, he can just look at his World Series ring to cheer up. 

First Cardinal Home Run Launched in New Busch

Phil Lindsey, an avid Cardinal fan in Cub country, sent me this great action shot he took of Albert launching the first Cardinal home run in the new Busch Stadium back on April 10, 2006.  Bill Hall of the Brewers hit the very first home run earlier in that game, but we’re focusing on El Hombre today.  Phil also wrote a haiku to accompany his photo.

Here’s hoping for a similar display of Cardinal power in tonight’s game.  Go Cards!

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First home run in new
Busch was NOT Albert Pujols.
The second one was.

Out of the Shadows

Woohoo!  Cards win! The team that most thought shouldn’t be in the playoffs at all now takes a commanding lead in this division series.  And who would have predicted Weaver would lead the Cards in a shut-out victory?  He looked awesome, and the bullpen came through, too.  I wasn’t sure about Tony’s choice to take Johnson out when he was dominating in the 8th, but it worked out. Wainwright was steller in the 9th.  Not a ton of offense but Pujols and Edmonds came through when we needed them. 

One note of annoyance:  could Chris Berman be any more biased toward San Diego?  It’s been irritating watching him call these games as his voice raises several octaves anytime it looks like the Padres might score.  I checked his bio and it says he lives in CT so not sure why he’s behind the Padres. 

Here’s hoping Sup can finish things off on Saturday, and, if not, we know we’ve got Carp ready to go on Sunday.  I really hope I don’t get to use my Game 5 tickets. 

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