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Day 3 – Spring Training

I went to the practice fields around 10am,  but there wasn’t too much going on.  I watched Furcal, Beltran, and John Jay take batting practice under the watchful eye of Mark McGwire.

  

Afterwards, Furcal and Beltran signed autographs, but Jay had to get read to play that day.  Beltran signed for about 30 minutes! He even signed a guy’s wooden leg.  I got my cap signed.

I had a great seat about 10 rows back from homeplate for the game. The Cards were taking on the Mets. Before the game, I noticed Bill Parcells on the field, talking with the Mets coach Terry Collins.

  

I was sitting by some friendly Marlins fans and even a friendly Yankee fan (imagine that!), and it was a nice, convivial atmosphere.

The Cards won 4-3, powered by great pitching by Kyle Lohse who also got an RBI.  Lohse struck out seven batters in six innings. Matt Carpenter was our offensive hero with a double and a homer. Chris Carpenter sat on the bench near the warm-up circle most of the game and signed autographs during inning breaks. I was able to get his autograph as well as Skip Schumaker’s autograph on my cap.

  

  

After the game, I hung around the players’ parking lot for a bit with the hard-core autograph seekers.  We watched players leave but only a couple stopped to sign. John Jay signed for a while, and so did Jaime Garcia.  I ended up with 5 autographs on my cap – Garcia, Beltran, Furcal, Schumaker, and Carpenter – pretty cool souvenir.

That night, I had a great dinner at Leftovers Cafe, which is owned by the same people who run Little Moir’s Food Shack where I’d eaten two nights prior. The ambience and food were pretty much the same. I had plantain-crusted fish and peanut butter banana empanadas. I sat at the counter and watched them cooking, so I really didn’t mind being a solo diner.

  

I had a great time at Spring Training. Wish I could go every year!

Game Haiku – 10/07/11 – Cardinals 1, Phillies 0

Carp, Halladay duel
to death. Cards gut it out, beat
the odds and the Phils!

Game Haiku – 04/06/11 – Pirates 3, Cardinals 1

Sigh. Bucs take series. 

Their weak plundering’s enough. 
Cards’ bats don’t help Carp.

Game Haiku – 08/09/10 – Cardinals 7, Reds 3

Carp stares down Ryan 

for being late, or maybe 
doesn’t like his socks?

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 – 06/08/10 – Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0

Tense game. Carp is sharp, 

but Kuroda is bolder.
Broxton shuts the door. 

Game Haiku – 06/02/10 – Cardinals 4, Reds 1

Cards know they can count 

on Carpenter for smooth trip
back to first place tie

Game Haiku – 05/18/10 – Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Ludwick’s homer seals 

win for Carp. Cards sweep 2-game 
series from the Nats!

Game Haiku – 05/02/10 – Cardinals 6, Reds 0

Dazzling Carpenter 

stumps Cincinnati batters, 
and leaves them red-faced.

Game Haiku – 04/16/10 – Cardinals 4, Mets 3

A Lopez grand slam
secures victory for much
sharper Carpenter

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