Since A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words …

Since we know the old saying “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” here’s a photograph to sum up last night’s Yankees 7-4 win over the Cardinals.



Shelby Miller allowed all 7 runs on 9 hits with 2 walks and a strikeout.

And he was sad.

For the Cardinals on offense, they had 13 hits — one more than the Yankees. They also left 13 on base and were 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Kolten Wong did go 4 for 5, however, and drove in a run in the 8th.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cards had a chance as Allen Craig singled and Yadier Molina was walked by Yankees closer David Robertson. But then Jon Jay, pinch-hitter Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso each struck out. Yet, according to Mike Matheny in this article from Jenifer Langosch, that was all just fine.

“That’s really the story I want to leave this room with — these guys kept fighting,” Matheny said. “We had an opportunity there. I really admire the fact that these guys kept playing the game, kept taking good at-bats.”

Yay! Good at-bats — with three K’s in a row! Juice boxes for everyone!

The San Francisco Giants are in town tonight to start a four-game series at 7:15 p.m. If it seems like it’s been a while since the Cards played them, it has — their last games were almost exactly a year ago, with a doubleheader on June 1, 2013, that the Cardinals swept and a loss the next day in which Yadi had a memorable outburst.

A coworker is a Giants fan and he gave me this scouting report on the series: “It will be a split. The Giants are terrible on the road, but they have the best record in the majors.”


But, yes, the Giants are 34-19 and obviously in first place in the NL West. As for their road record, it’s 15-10 … so not exactly terrible. At least the Cards home record is now 15-9. Tonight’s pitching match-up is Ryan Vogelsong vs. Jaime Garcia.

Why Do The Cardinals Have To Honor Derek Jeter?

So, here we are at last — the New York Yankees return to St. Louis for their first-ever games at Busch Stadium III (even though it’s rarely referred to as Busch III anymore since this is the ninth season the Cardinals have been playing there). Which means The Derek Jeter Final Season Tour also is making its latest stop.

1231690-derek_jeterAs you’ve no doubt heard, time and time again, this is Jeter’s final season. And you’ve likely heard as well about the gifts every team has showered upon him as a result.

Why they have to do that, I’m not exactly sure. Yes, he’s a great baseball player (and, honestly, I do like him). But, for the second straight year, a Yankee has conveniently announced before a season begins that this will be his last season before retiring and thus every team on the Yankees schedule has been forced to produce A Farewell Ceremony Filled With Useless Gifts That The Guy Doesn’t Need Nor Likely Want But They’re Required To Do Something Anyway.

(In case you’re not up on what Jeter has received thus far, here’s a handy link to a photo catalog of retirement gifts Jeter has received to date, courtesy of Newsday. Or if you’re like me and the words “Derek Jeter” and “gifts” reminds you of something else newsworthy from the recent past, here’s a link to what shows up on that Google search.)

Now, today, it’s the Cardinals’ turn for the retirement ceremony.

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If You Could Attend Any Game in Cardinals History, What Would It Be?

Last night I saw this intriguing tweet from Beyond the Box Score: if you could go back and attend any game in MLB history, which game would you choose?

1926_World_Series_Program_MagnifiedThought-provoking, right? Great way to spend some time pondering on a cold night. Cardinals games were the first that came to mind for me: of course Game Six of the 2011 World Series. Game Five of the 2011 NLDS. Game Six of the 2006 NLCS. Bob Gibson’s no-hitter in 1971, or his 17 strike-out performance in Game One of the 1968 World Series. The Cardinals pennant-winning game on the final day of the 1964 regular season, to cap their miraculous comeback. The doubleheader where Stan Musial hit five homers.

Then I realized my choice: Game Seven of the 1926 World Series. It was at Yankee Stadium. It was Rogers Hornsby, Billy Southworth and Grover Cleveland Alexander against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. It was “Old Pete” Alexander coming in for a bases-loaded situation in a 3-2 game in the seventh inning the day after winning Game Six while, according to legend, still drunk and striking out Tony Lazzeri. It was Pete walking Ruth with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It was Ruth attempting to steal second and being thrown out — to give the Cardinals their first World Series championship. (Can you imagine the reaction if today’s media and social media had been around then?)

Which leads to today’s question, which is a twist on the Beyond the Box Score’s tweet. If you could attend any game in Cardinals history, what would it be?

Share your choice below — and enjoy the chance to think about the rich Cardinals tradition and history as we inch ever closer to the 2014 season.

Welcome To The Cardinals Bandwagon, Yankees Fans!

While we as Cardinals fans are thrilled about the World Series, and Red Sox fans obviously are too, not everyone shares these sentiments. Dodgers and Tigers fans, of course. And, not surprisingly, fans of our teams’ biggest rivals.

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Here’s the perspective on the World Series of Stacey Gotsulias, co-editor of Yankees site It’s About The Money.


I’m a Yankee fan. And more importantly, I’m a Yankee fan who was actually relieved to have a stress-free October. Not to brag or anything, but I’ve only had two of those Octobers in the past 19 years so I really needed this break.

Some people thought that made me a bad fan and even accused me of rooting for them to not make the playoffs, which isn’t true at all. Would I have preferred to have my team fighting for a championship? Of course, but it didn’t happen and, when it didn’t happen, I wasn’t that upset about it. Do I miss it sometimes? Sure, I get a twinge of jealousy when I see fans of other teams excited over a big win but I also like being able to go to bed and not stew over a bad loss or have about 15 panic attacks while watching a do-or-die game.

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The Tale Of Mariano Rivera And The Ball Thrown Out Of Busch Stadium

Once upon a time, the New York Yankees played against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium II. Yes, it does seem like an interleague fairy tale since it was so many years ago — June 10-12, 2005, to be exact.

And, during the course of that three-game series, something seemed to intrigue Yankees closer Mariano Rivera — the very same one who received the amazing ovation and wonderful recognition during last night’s All-Star Game.

It had nothing to do with the one game he pitched in, which was the second of the three games and the Yankees’ only victory — Randy Johnson was the winning pitcher, Mark Mulder lost, Rivera (not surprisingly) got the save even though it was a 5-0 final. (Yeah, I had to look that up since I couldn’t remember all the details of the game. He entered in the bottom of the eighth inning — hmmm, sound familiar? — with the score 4-0, two outs, Abraham Nunez and Jim Edmonds on base and struck out Larry Walker looking. In the ninth, he retired That Guy Who Used to Play First Base, Reggie Sanders and Mark Grudzielanek. Thank you, Baseball Reference!)

Anyway, what was it that piqued Mo’s curiosity? Those arches that ringed the top of the old stadium.

Here’s a picture to remind you, taken from the vantage point from which I saw the greatest closer of all time pitch in person. (Tremendous view, I know — if I wanted to see the display of the retired numbers at the old ballpark. They were the section next to us. Not so great to see that cutter in action.)

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