Reports Monday night suggest that Yadier Molina is about to prove me wrong in a big way!
According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 28, 2012
That’s right! Yadi could sign an extension this week meaning that any anxiety over him heading to free agency after the season ends is gone.
Yes. I am pretty happy to be proven wrong about this one. I thought he was surely going to join That Guy Who Used To Play First Base in that one California town.
So if he wants to be a Cardinal for a few more years, great!
Mike Matheny is pretty excited too:
“I can honestly say — I’ve watched him for quite a few years now — I don’t think I’ve ever seen him work like he has,” manager Mike Matheny said on Monday. “I just think certain players have the ability to push themselves beyond contracts, beyond recognition. I just think it’s something inside of them, that they strive for greatness. For him to be out here in the dark working harder than all these younger kids just shows his makeup.”
Here’s the latest from the Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss on Molina.
In non-Yadi news:
After wowing fans after coming to the Cards in the deal for Colby Rasmus, Marc Rzepczynski is feeling more confident this spring. The lefty is working on his curve and conditioning as a reliever after several seasons conditioning as a starter. Here’s more on Zep and what he learned last season that will help him for seasons to come.
Tyler Greene. Yeah… he’s the preferred person to fill the role at second base. Fans may have apprehension (What? I know I’m not the only one! Stop it!) but at least the guy is working hard to earn the spot. Daniel Descalso and Skip Schumaker are working just as hard though. Here’s a little something about that competition. Also, notice Mo’s nickname for Tyler… Greeny!
Fellow Arkansas-based Cardinal fans will be pleased to hear Lou Brock will be in the Capital city this weekend. Brock, a friend of President Bill Clinton, will be
present this weekend to help open an exhibit at the presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., that features of the best artifacts the St. Louis Cardinals own from their history.
“Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals” will open Saturday and be a featured part of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library through September.
Here’s more on Brock and the exhibit.
Jake Westbrook has shed 20 pounds and is ready to prove he is deserving a spot in the Cardinals rotation. The weight loss and a change to his training came at the urging of the organization. The righty is hoping this translates into more confidence and no regrets. Here’s more on Jake.
The Cardinals announced that individual tickets for the 2012 season will go on sale this Friday, March 2 beginning at 10 A.M. Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three (3) or more games can take part in a special online-only “multi-game” on-sale beginning Wednesday, February 29th at 12-Noon. For details on special offers, check out www.cardinals.com/fanvalues
And finally, here’s a little something from Jenifer Langosch on the World Series MVP! Langosch discusses how David Freese has embraced the role of hometown hero while maintaining a hard work ethic.
Check out what Matt Holliday had to say about Freese:
Matt Holliday would have as accurate a gauge on Freese’s offseason focus as anyone since the Cardinals outfielder also makes his offseason home in St. Louis. He and Freese are regularly together, sometimes as workout partners, more often just as friends.
“I’m not surprised at the way he’s handled it. But I am impressed,” Holliday said. “You get people pulling at you 100 different ways and sometimes young players can get a big head. He hasn’t done that. Again, I’m not surprised.”
Here’s to more great things from Freeser in 2012!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.