Even though it’s below zero in Illinois this morning, baseball thankfully inches closer. And reading about Jupiter, Fla., where it’s going to be 70 degrees today, certainly helps warm me up.
Yesterday was “Truck Day” in St. Louis, with two semis pulling out of Busch Stadium headed toward Florida. There was plenty of coverage, as the Cards official Twitter account (@CardsInsider) sent out a video and B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest offers some insight and photos of the contents of those trucks: 89 cases of sunflower seeds, giant boxes of Tide, an X-ray machine, John Mozeliak’s golf clubs, Albert’s kids’ bikes and much more.
Derrick Goold has the scoop on numbers for the newest Cardinals in his Truck Day coverage. It’s not exactly a surprise to read that Jim Edmonds will be wearing his familiar No. 15, which means that Jon Jay also has a new number: 22. Nick Punto will be No. 8 and Allan Craig will switch to 21. Also on the list: Raul Valdez, 37; Ramon Vasquez, 19; Ian Snell, 48; and Miguel Batista, 44. B.J. Rains also reminds us in his article that Ryan Theriot will be 3 and Lance Berkman will be 12. (Can I buy a Berkman jersey yet?)
Speaking of jerseys, I glanced at the Cards Talk forum topics listed on the side of Goold’s article. Here’s one for all you Cubs fans: Are Pujols #5 Cubs jerseys already made? There’s even a picture. (Excuse me, I’m going to get sick …)
Meanwhile, in Jupiter
Dave Duncan is already there, along with new bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist plus pitchers Jaime Garcia, Kyle McClellan, Adam Ottavino and P.J. Walters. And, according to Joe Strauss, Duncan is encouraged about “both the quality and the quantity of pitching the Cardinals will bring to camp.”
“I think we’re in a stronger position this year. From a depth standpoint, I do,” he said inside the major-league clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium.
That warms my heart even more on this cold morning.
Also, Strauss reports that Rick Ankiel (who lives in Jupiter) was among a group hitting at the batting cages at Roger Dean Stadium. Ah, Rick … Always loved you, never forget you, hope you do well with the Nationals this season.
In honor of our departed namesake …
Check out “The Year of Gritical Thinking: A Memoir in One Act” at Viva El Birdos today. I cannot stop laughing … especially at the final line.