While sunny images of Cardinals pitchers and catchers and Peter Bourjos definitely make it seem like the 2014 baseball season is actually here, the weather throughout too much of the country tells us winter is still upon us.
The United Cardinal Bloggers have published our fourth annual season recap, “Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms: The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals.”
And 2013 wasn’t just another year for the Cardinals — it was another deep run into October, all the way through the World Series as they stormed past Pittsburgh and Los Angeles to become National League champs.
From the first days in Jupiter to that last night in Boston and beyond, the United Cardinal Bloggers chronicled and analyzed St. Louis’ season and now are bringing that knowledge to you in this collection. From the season of Shelby Miller to the career of Chris Carpenter, from the MVP-worthy work of Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter to a recap of each postseason series, the UCB prepares you for the upcoming season with a look back at the successful season that we don’t want to forget.
With a foreword from Will Leitch, senior editor at Sports on Earth, Cardinal bloggers from across the Internet present “Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms” to give you a unique look at the team. It features a variety of work from 17 different bloggers, plus a capsule on every player who wore the Birds on the Bat in 2013. Plus you’ll get an overall look at what’s to come in 2014.
All of us at Aaron Miles’ Fastball contributed to the publication — Tara Wellman wrote about Shelby Miller, Dan Buffa chronicled the season those rookie power arms had and I have pieces on both Chris Carpenter and Joe Kelly. As the editor of the publication, I’ve read everything in it multiple times and can tell you it’s well worth the $2.99 price at the Amazon Kindle store for the e-book.
Don’t have a Kindle? That’s OK — you can download one of Amazon’s free reading apps for your computer, phone or tablet.
Plus, as a way to thank you for your support of AMF, we’re giving away two free copies of “Purpose, Perseverance and Power Arms.” Winning is simple — just comment below with your favorite moment of the 2013 season. Or moments. It is kind of hard to choose only one …
Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. Central Time this Thursday, Feb. 20, and we’ll have a random drawing for the winners after that.
Thanks for reading!