"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!
The Cards spent $100k to buy out the $1.1 million option on So Taguchi. They are saying he still may be a Cardinal but they want to keep their options open for now. Taguchi has said he’d like to finish his career with the Cards.
I’m mixed on whether he’s worth keeping or not. I kind of like the dude, but he is 38 and his contributions have been marginal the last 2 years. He has had some clutch hits but always makes me nervous with his defense. We know Tony likes him. What do you all think?
The unlikely ace,
Looper, shuts Padres down. So’s
double plates 3 runs
Gooch and Spiezio
come through! Tony lives up to
nickname: La Genius
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.
Phew! My streak of not posting ends as the Cards’ victory propels me back into blogging. Actually, I wasn’t boycotting due to the 8-game losing streak, but doing some traveling and working in LA. I am dividing my time lately between STL (my hometown) and LA (my adopted town), spending time in STL helping my dad who is having some health problems. I find it much easier to keep tabs on the Cards and keep up the blog when I’m in the Lou, obviously. Reading all the Post coverage and watching games on FSN is definitely preferable to skimming news off the net and catching haiku-like highlights on ESPN News.
Watching the Cards in the last couple games of this losing streak made me feel as powerless and depressed as I did during the 2004 World Series. It just seemed like nothing was going our way and that the boys weren’t playing to win. If we were hitting, we weren’t pitching, or vice versa. They just didn’t look like the same team that rocketed through April and May. And tonight was no exception, as the bullpen and defense squandered a solid Carp performance and would have blown another game, if not for the Indians catcher missing a pop up (he should have to run some laps for that). A bright spot was Taguchi running hard and making it to 2nd base on that error. I don’t think many other guys on the team besides Eckstein would have run that one out. I hope his spirit, and the rain of the giveaway seat cushions, will inspire the club to start another kind of streak – the winning kind.
Our bullpen redeems
itself, hangs tough. The Gooch gets
clutch hit. Series won.