The news I’ve been hoping for all year finally came – The Cards have signed Jim Edmonds to a 2-year deal worth $19 mill! Of course, injuries caused Jim to have a sub-par season, but his leadership is worth a lot to this team and his good looks alone are worth the money for this and many other female Cards fans. Even when he’s not hitting, his presence in center field makes me feel more confident. He really came through in the post-season with key hits and catches, plus he played courageously, having to get shots in his foot before every game. He’s definitely a Cardinal icon and deserves the chance to finish his career with the team (not that he’ll necessarily be finished at 38…as Asia would say, only time will tell).
Let’s hope this is the first of many smart decisions that Walt & Co. make during this off-season.
Woohoo! Cards win! The team that most thought shouldn’t be in the playoffs at all now takes a commanding lead in this division series. And who would have predicted Weaver would lead the Cards in a shut-out victory? He looked awesome, and the bullpen came through, too. I wasn’t sure about Tony’s choice to take Johnson out when he was dominating in the 8th, but it worked out. Wainwright was steller in the 9th. Not a ton of offense but Pujols and Edmonds came through when we needed them.
One note of annoyance: could Chris Berman be any more biased toward San Diego? It’s been irritating watching him call these games as his voice raises several octaves anytime it looks like the Padres might score. I checked his bio and it says he lives in CT so not sure why he’s behind the Padres.
Here’s hoping Sup can finish things off on Saturday, and, if not, we know we’ve got Carp ready to go on Sunday. I really hope I don’t get to use my Game 5 tickets.
A home run announces
Edmonds’ return, but it can’t
prevent sixth straight loss.
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.