A loss is a bit
less painful, when my old crush
Jim knocks two homers.
Cubs Haikuist wants
a war. I will battle with
all 17 guns.
"We change, whether we like it or not"
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happy New Year everybody! I am personally delighted to see 2007 end, although I can’t say I’m overly enthused about the Cardinals’ prospects for 2008. I’ll try to keep an open mind but I’m going to be bitter for a while over Jim Edmonds being traded. I mean, I had to modify the description of my blog to delete his name – that signifies a big, hard change.
I do wish Jim the best with the Padres, and I know, realistically, his career was ebbing. But I will miss the acrobatic catches and the clutch hits, and, well, I’ll just miss looking at him. I also think we should have been able to get something more for him.
I’ll miss So Taguchi and his Japanese media entourage. I’ll really miss the Little Eckstein That Could. It seems there will be a lot of new Cardinals to get used this year, and I am sure there are more deals on the horizon.
Well, I’ll try to be optimistic about things and get over losing Jim. I’ll be visiting St. Louis to attend the Winter Warm Up in a couple weeks, so that should inspire me.
Thanks to Jim, David, and So for all the great Cardinal memories, and good luck with your new teams!
Quality start from
Thompson, and Edmonds breaks out
of slump with 3 hits.
Pujols’ clutch double,
Edmonds’ diving catch: Now we’re
looking like my Cards
Wow, what an exciting game today! It reminded me of the playoffs last year – when the Cards had a "never say die" attitude. They just kept coming back today and eked out the victory. It sure feels good to actually win a series at Wrigley for a change.
Almost everyone contributed on offense today, which was necessary since Wainwright gave up 7 runs (can’t totally blame him though…the wind was not his friend). It was great to see Edmonds get his first homer. Kennedy ripped a double that brought in 2 runs. Duncan hit a homer. Pujols hit the game-winning 3 run homer in the 10th. But I’d have to give star of the game honors to Scott Rolen who went 5 for 6, a new career best for him.
The Cards handed the ball to Izzy with a 2-run lead in the 9th, but he allowed the Cubs to tie the game. I won’t sound the alarm bells on Izzy for that one – the Cubs scored those runs on a crazy pop up that appeared to be foul then drifted back into play and just out of reach of several Wilson, Miles, and Pujols who were all giving chase.
The Cubs broadcasters pointed out something curious: The Cards have scored 10 runs or more for the 3rd consecutive Sunday.
Sunday, Aprl 8 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 9 – 14 – 9 runs in 4 games
Sunday, April 15 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 16 – 23 – 12 runs in 6 games
Let’s hope we can break the pattern and keep the run production going strong this week.
Today’s Post-Dispatch included a Jim Edmonds interview that was less-than-encouraging. Aren’t Monday mornings hard enough without having to read about Jim saying that he probably won’t be ready for opening day? Well, my initial gloom has turned to acceptance. It’s better for Jim and for the Cards if he takes a little more time rather than risk another injury by rushing things. This news definitely leaves some open questions about the starting lineup for the outfield, especially since we’ve yet to see Juan Encarnacion back in action (any day now, they say).
On the positive note, Braden Looper pitched 4 scoreless innings today, and Rick Ankiel broked out of a mini-slump with a homer and a double. Tony has always had faith in him – who knows, with these pesky outfielder injuries he may be testing that faith in Ankiel sooner than he planned.
Oh, and I had dinner at Ozzie’s. Review coming soon.
There’s been enough news this week to wake me from my blogging slumber.
First, we found out that Edmonds is having foot surgery which will likely make him unavailable for spring training. They except he’ll be good to go for opening day. Please Hammer Toe, don’t hurt him!
Yesterday Mark McGwire fell well short of the votes he’d need to gain access to the Hall of Fame. This is not really a surprise, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it. His weasly court testimony is hard to ignore, but it’s also hard to forget the great memories he gave us, particularly during that magical Maris-hunting summer. It will be interesting to see how future votes go. Will people forgive and forget? Will a revelation such as "everybody was doing it" change opinions? Would a confession and plea for forgiveness help or hurt? For what it’s worth, I would have voted for him, but I think my ballot must have gotten lost in the mail.
Today it was announced that Mark Mulder is a Cardinal again, with a $13 million 2-year deal. If he’s really healthy, this is good news, but I can’t get too excited about it until I see some evidence.