And then it was Sunday. The official blogger’s day at the ballpark. Around 11:15 we began our walk towards Busch Stadium. After deciding to take the shortcut around the other side of the stadium, we learned that you can’t walk all the way around the outside. So we got to go the other way.
We entered at the administration offices and went up the elevator. We rode up on the elevator with Matt Whitener, unbeknownst to us at the time. We arrived and it was a room full of people that I knew from their pictures on their Twitter pages, Facebook pages, or blogs.
The first person to recognize me was Bob Netherton (yet another reason why he’s one of my favorite Cardinal Bloggers). I went over and signed in with Lindsey Weber, the Cardinals’ Public Relations Specialist. We got our tickets to the party suite and were buzzed through the door into the office area where we found ourselves in an area with plenty of other bloggers. Continue reading
On Major League Baseball’s Facebook page yesterday there was a picture posted that featured images of R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, and Craig Kimbrell and asked who is this year’s NL Cy Young Award winner. Cardinals’ fans immediately noticing that Kyle Lohse is missing from the list of contenders, bumped from the image by two guys who have higher ERAs and a reliever.
The question you now have to ask yourself, is does Kyle Lohse belong in the conversation? I think you can certainly answer that question with a yes. His 2.71 ERA is currently third in the National League. His 15-3 record leaves many desiring more wins, something the Cardinals have had trouble earning him while their offense has struggled with consistency.
With Gio Gonzalez and R.A. Dickey within shouting distance of 20 wins, the magical number, they are automatically viewed as the favorites. But the common complaint with wins is that they don’t really tell you how good the pitcher was, but rather how good their team was. Which is definitely true. Which is why I prefer to look at the loss. Continue reading
Just a week ago, my Dad and I were getting back from a weekend in St. Louis. If you follow the United Cardinal Bloggers at all, you know that it was the UCB Weekend (#ucbweekend). The St. Louis Cardinals, in all of their graciousness, see it fit to invite us to a game on them and give us some facetime by way of a Q&A session with Bill DeWitt III, the team’s President, and John Mozeliak, the team’s General Manager.
Last year, I was unable to go. This year, thanks to my wonderful wife who was willing to forgo a weekend at the beach we’d been discussing, I was able to. I decided that I wanted to invite my Dad along with me because it was something that he would completely appreciate and enjoy.
We planned our trip to arrive on Saturday morning and leave on Monday morning. After talking about it, we decided to skip the UCB dinner on the Saturday night at the former Pujols5, and get tickets to the game instead. After all, neither of us had been in St. Louis since 2005 as we made the trip to catch the final season in the old Busch Stadium. Continue reading