Continuing The Countdown: 8 Days

We’re getting closer and closer … it’s now 8 days until the Cardinals take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Opening Night. (Interested in the construction at Wrigley? Here’s an update from Thursday with photos — and remember that the bleachers aren’t going to be done until May or June anyway.)

Eight days. And No. 8 has certainly been well used by the Cardinals in recent years. So, rather than repeating my overdose of silliness regarding the current No. 8 like I did last year at this time, here’s a look at the most recent No. 8s.

Peter Bourjos, 2014-2015

Peter Bourjos, 2014 and presumably 2015

8-2

Ryan Jackson, 2012-2013

Nick Punto, 2011

Nick Punto, 2011 (forever remembered, forever missed for those very contributions, forever the subject of one of the most popular AMF headlines … and it is definitely enjoyable to look back at that post from Sept. 10, 2011, to read the perspective as the “September to remember” was unfolding)

8-4

Allen Craig, 2010 (Ah, you are missed too, and also forever remembered — though more the good times and not 2014)

8-5

Troy Glaus, 2008-2009

St. Louis Cardinals

Hal McRae, hitting coach 2005-2007 (though he was with the Cardinals through 2009 but changed numbers for Mr. Glaus)

8-7

Marlon Anderson, 2004. (Not sure what that photo is from … didn’t the 2004 season just end with the Cardinals winning the NL pennant? Although, actually, it unfortunately did.)

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi, 2003. Girardi played his final season as a Cardinal, appearing in 16 games with 26 plate appearances. That’s certainly why there is no photo of him with No. 8.

And now only 8 more days!

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