Now that the hysteria and maniac writing in the room has died down and there are seconds to process thoughts let me provide you with player feedback, pictures, analysis and other information from the first day of the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warmup.
*Funniest moment of the day. Yadi Molina coming into the conference room at the end of Adam Wainwright’s media session and raising his hand, “I have a question.” This event is where you can match a face with the player and see them as the regular people they are away from the field. People have undervalued Molina’s sense of humor for a while. When asked his knee injury lingering into the offseason, Molina admitted some exhaustion. “Sometimes you go that long into the postseason, your body needs the rest. Then you are lying around your house, getting bored and you want to go back to the ballpark.” Molina was excited about Peralta’s addition to the team, admiring his offensive production. Like many teammates, Yadi was sad to see David Freese go. “With David, it’s a business and I wish the best of luck to him. But we will stay friends.”
*Kevin Siegrist spoke about his work his offseason. “Working on the same stuff, getting stronger, working on my pitches and refining the ones I have.” Asked about his role this season, Siegrist was blunt. “For my development, it is better to work on my pitches as if I am going to start. It’s easier to translate that to the bullpen.” On his role this season, “I am ready for whatever they want me to do.” In person, the young lefthander is a tall monster and bigger than he appears on television. They say it adds 10 pounds but they didn’t mention height.