So your reclusive blogger returns and will hope to document the off-season better than she documented the season. Maybe this season is best left undocumented?
I didn’t pay very close attention to the Cards in the 2nd half of the season as I was dealing with a lot of heavy stuff. So I don’t have a lot of insights to share on the Cardinals’ collapse. It just seemed like a cursed season from Tony’s DUI to Carpenter’s injury to Hancock’s shocking death to all the other injuries to Mulder’s inauspicious return and on and on. It’s amazing we hung in the race as long as we did, and, obviously, that’s only due to the overall weakness of our division (and the Cubbies sure went out of the playoffs with a whimper…).
Now I’m upset about Walt Jocketty’s firing and worried that Tony will leave, too. I feel both of them brought a lot of success to this franchise and, lest we forget, a World Series championship just a year ago. Sure, there are times I’ve questioned them – and times when Tony’s overthinking infuriates me – but I’d rather have LaGenius managing this club than anyone else I can think of (unless, Whitey, can we coax you away from fishing?). Maybe if Tony goes and the Yankees lose and Steinbrenner has to make good on his evil promise, we can hire Joe Torre back? That wouldn’t be bad.
Oh, I did have some fun this summer even without baseball. Check out my pics from Burning Man.
Well, the rumors are swirling now about whether Josh was intoxicated when he had his fatal crash. The team is angry and not wanting to answer questions. I don’t blame them. I believe he is innocent until proven otherwise, but things are not looking good.
The Post-Dispatch today reported that Josh had another car accident in Sauget Thursday at 5:30am, but the police did not think he had been drinking. He then was late to Thursday’s game. The Post also quotes a couple in Shannon’s who supposedly overheard Josh tell ESPN reporter Dave Campbell that he was late because he was hungover and that Tony fined him for showing up late and being hungover. Tony does not comment on this and says he wants to talk about baseball. Dave Campbell denies that Josh made those comments. Pat Shannon says she offered to call Josh a taxi on Saturday night but he told her he was only going to walk to a hotel a few blocks away. Yes, evidence is mounting, but there’s still a lot of "he said, she said".
Bernie Miklasz reports that Tony warned the players the media will try to exploit this tragedy, and it’s beginning to look that way. Obviously, the truth will come out and we can deal with it then, and I don’t want to add fuel to the fire but I thought it important to mention these developments.
KMOX has a very dim and distant security camera view of the actual accident. I won’t post that link because I think that is really going too far, and you can’t see anything anyway.
Here’s hoping the Cards are less fuzzy tonight, although I totally understand if they aren’t.
- War is Over – I was excited to read in today’s Post Dispatch that TLR and Scott Rolen have patched up their feud. Did the talks end with Rolen banging a cleat on the table? Nah, It sounds like it was a pretty easygoing resolution. I guess they realized their contracts were both long enough that it would be tough to just pretend the other didn’t exist a la junior high. We definitely need these guys to see eye to eye in order for a healthy clubhouse vibe, so this is great news.
- Let’s chirp – I’ve added new chat functionality to the sidebar. If it works, it should tell you when I’m online and you can send me a msg and I’ll respond.
- Jupiter, Here I Come – My dad and I are flying to Jupiter on Thursday and I’ll be seeing my first game on Friday. Check back for coverage and photos. I can’t wait!
Trade speculation on KTRS last night was centering on the possibility of the Cards making a deal for Andrew Jones. While Jones is certainly a playmaker, I think the Cards would be better off getting a pitcher. If the Big 3 can stay on track, and they seem to be back on track now (well, Rolen never derailed), hitting isn’t our big problem. The Post speculates the Cards could get Jeff Weaver, and I’d be all for that. We can’t continue to give up 6-8 runs a game, many of those in the first few innings, and expect to win many games, even with El Hombre. I was glad to see Tony make some moves and bring up Duncan and Kinney, even if Kinney did get rocked on his first pitch (welcome to the show!). Thompson was sent down, and he does seem to need some time to settle down and find his rhythm (plus I’m still not convinced he’s of legal age to play – kid looks 14!). Here’s hoping we can get a win tonight with Carp on the mound.
This Cardinal Girl’s investigative reporting has gotten to the bottom of the Cardinals’ epic slump! While listening to the game broadcast last night, I heard an interview with Aaron Miles’ wife. She was talking about a "Baseball Grab Bag" fundraiser she and some of the other players’ wives were doing for Nurses for Newborns. They would be giving baseballs autographed by their husbands in exchange for donations. The catch was that each ball would be hidden in a brown bag, so you wouldn’t know if you were getting a Bennett or a Pujols until you’d already donated. Mrs. Miles explained the process thusly: "We’ve taken our husbands’ balls and put them in bags." And the announcer didn’t question her. This explains so much!! The Cardinal Wives must be stopped!!
Yesterday’s Post-Dispatch featured an interview with Ozzie Smith in which The Wizard stated he was not interested in being involved with the Cardinals’ organization as long as the current management was in place. This was traced back to bad blood between Ozzie and LaRussa based on Ozzie’s final season, when LaRussa did not make him the starting shortstop, a position Ozzie apparently felt he deserved in perpetuity despite the fact he batted .199 the previous season, was 41 years old, and had serious arm woes. Well, Tony snapped back today and said that Ozzie would not be invited to Spring Training anymore given yesterday’s remarks, so he didn’t have to worry about RSVPing. I couldn’t agree more with Tony on this one. Ozzie really needs to forget his beef with Tony and move on. He is beloved in St. Louis and would be a great asset to Spring Training and other team functions. It’s too bad his ego won’t let him see that his dislike for the manager does not mean he needs to deprive the organization and the city of his presence. I wouldn’t argue with Tony’s strategy during Ozzie’s final year – yes, it might not have been the sentimental choice, but Ozzie still got plenty of playing time and the Cards made it to the NLCS, so apparently the manager knew what he was doing. And he still does. Go Cards! Don’t let Barry hit 715 tonight!