The Cardinals did what they had to do after the news broke about Scott Spiezio’s latest drunken escapade involving at least 6 vodka cranberries, driving on the wrong side of the road, vomiting, punching out his friend, and hiding in a closet. They released him. The team’s been so damaged by alcohol abuse it’s starting to look like James Hetfield‘s liver.
It’s hard to imagine what the 2008 Cardinals will be like without all the familiar faces like Edmonds, Eckstein, Rolen and now Spiezio. I will miss having Scott on the team. After joining the team, Scott showed his enthusiasm by dyeing his imperial bright red and Cardinal fans responded by aping the facial hair. Scott was definitely a fan favorite and very useful to the team as he could play multiple roles and often came through in the clutch.
The team stood by Scott last year as he sought help for his booze
addiction, but this very public relapse proves one trip to rehab wasn’t
enough. One would think seeing a teammate die from drunk driving last
year would be a wake-up call, but sometimes a person hits the snooze
button. Let’s hope Scott wakes up this time and gets the
help he clearly needs.
Wow, that was an exciting game tonight! I turned it on after watching American Idol (see my other blog for my weekly Idol recaps). It’s great to see a quality start from Randy Kiesler. Of course we will miss Carp while he’s on the DL (thankfully it looks like he won’t need surgery just rest for arthritis and an impingement), but I do feel good about all the quality starts we’re getting from the rest of the staff.
In the top of the 9th, with Eckstein on second and Duncan on first, Pujols hit a long fly ball that would have gone out if things were going better for El Hombre. Still, it was good enough to advance both runners. Then Spiezio came to the plate, still recovering from yesterday’s bout with food poisoning, and smacked a single into right field to bring home the two runs and tie the game.
Thompson caused stress by getting into trouble in both of his innings, but he managed to recover and pitch his way out of jams. Hopefully, this appearance will do wonders for his confidence and he can get back to the world-beating form we saw in spring training.
In the 12th, with the bases loaded, Schumaker hit a shallow fly to left and Oquendo had Bennett tag up and head for home. A good throw would have got him, but Bay’s throw was a bit off-center and the catcher made a late tag and then dropped the ball. Cards take the lead 3-2, and Izzy got the save. Of course he walked the lead-off man just to make things interesting. 😉