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It’s nice and unexpected to see a series win against the Cubbies, however I’m still smarting over the game we let get away from us yesterday. I really disagree with Tony’s decision to pinch hit Encarnacion for Duncan with the bases loaded yesterday. I just think the chances of Encarnacion doing better than red hot Dunc were juan in million. Bernie has a very good analysis of the situation in today’s Post, and he sums it up better than I could, going over way more stats than Tony could have possibly crunched in the minute he had to make that decision. I know that Juan got a big home run today, but I just have not been impressed with him this season, and I don’t consider him Mr. Clutch. If Tony had let Chris hit, I think it would have been a big confidence boost for the already-confident rookie.
Preston Wilson seems to be filling the outfield gap well in his first two games. I think he will add an element of stability to the outfield as we head down the stretch. Belliard is also growing on me, even with his Gene Simmons tongue. These may not be Cardinals we recognize, but they might help us hang on to our division lead. I don’t disagree with the decison to send Reyes down – he was struggling lately and I think needs more time to mature, and it’s best not to have to try and do that during a pennant race. I don’t really expect to be wowed by Mulder’s return, and I’d like to see Edmonds get more rest. He makes me nervous when I see him out there now, since he admits he’s still logy. But he did pull off an awesome slide in yesterday’s game.
I’m psyched for the Mets. If we can make it in Queens, we can make it anywhere!
Jack Torrance took a baseball bat to the cranium in one of my favorite films, The Shining. Jimmy’s head met the centerfield wall in a not particularly friendly how-do-you-do. Both ended up with heads that hurt real bad, and Jimmy’s head is making a lot of us Cardinal fans hurt real bad too. An unraveling season continues to unravel, as Edmonds had to leave the game the other night complaining of dizziness. They suspect it’s Post Concussion Syndrome, which has ended our old friend Mike Matheny’s season. We can only hope Jimmy’s case is minor, because we really need him back in the lineup. Personally, I think his head is partially clouded with uncertainty, given the Country Day Crew’s reluctance to give him security. Get well soon, Jimmy, pleeez.
Yesterday was my first trip to the new stadium, and I love it! It’s such a huge improvement over old Busch. I know I should probably be nostalgic for that stadium, since I saw many Cardinal games there and many Gridbird games too (my dad shared season tickets), but I always thought it wasn’t very well-suited to either sport. Maybe that’s because I almost always had upper deck seats and the players looked like tiny ants. Yesterday, I splurged for an infield box seat about 15 rows from the field and a little behind 3rd base. It was awesome to be that close to the action, even if there wasn’t much action, at least not from the good guys.
I didn’t venture up the escalators, but I walked around the perimeter and was impressed at the variety of food stands, the martini bar, the creative installation of the old manual scoreboard in the hallway, the family fun pavilion, and the shops. I love the openess of the stadium, the various viewpoints for standing room patrons, and the view of the Arch. And taking Metrolink to and from the game was a breeze. I was entertained on the way down, sitting next to a mom with her 3-year-old daughter. The kid was already a Cards fan and had memorized the names and numbers of most of the starting lineup! Her favorite player? "Goochi! 99!"
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the game. Reyes just wasnt sharp. I felt like I was watching the all-star home run derby the way the Reds were knocking them out of the park. Sosa didn’t impress either. I was glad Tony removed Reyes early when we still had a chance to come back, but Arroyo was just too tough.
I took some photos but left my camera’s USB cord in LA, so I’ll have to wait to upload them til I get back to LA next weekend. At least we got the win today (yay Rolen!) and won the series. Things are lookin’ up.
Surprise! Edmonds plays
first base, eases the loss of
Albert with key hits.
I apologize for not posting for a few days but I’ve been at church praying novenas for Jim Edmonds. I searched in vain for a patron saint for the miraculous cure of sports hernias. I thought we’d hear some definite news today but they are saying they will wait until tomorrow to decide whether or not to put Jim on the DL. Sigh.
In more positive news, we won the series with the ‘Stros! I am hopeful that Yadi’s recent RBIs and doubles are signs he is breaking out of his slump. And the recent pitching of Marquis and Reyes sure was a confidence-builder.
Rain falls. Fans are in
limbo just like unbaptized
babies, Jim Edmonds
Yesterday’s Post Dispatch story on Jim Edmonds’ unclear fate with the Cardinals was troublesome. It’s true that Jim is turning 36, but I think he has a few more good years in him. He’s coming out of his early season slump and starting to hit, and his gold glove defense can be counted on. Plus, I think the team needs a veteran like Jimmy Baseball. He’s an anchor for the team. As if that weren’t enough, I have another very good reason why Jim should stay in St. Louis- he’s still the best-looking Cardinal. We Cardinal chicks have been
burned too many times by good-looking players being sent away – Andy
Van Slyke, Keith Hernandez, etc. Jim’s perfect hair alone is worth the $10 million option – can’t you owners see that?!?!