Four More Weeks … Only Four More Weeks

When the last time we saw real St. Louis Cardinals baseball was more than four months ago, what’s four more weeks? Four Sundays from right now, we’ll have real baseball.

And four weeks, of course, is 28 days — which is an interesting number to look at in recent Cardinals history, since it hasn’t been used since 2011. So today is both Colby Rasmus and Octavio Dotel days until Opening Night at Wrigley Field.

First, the one who began 2011 wearing No. 28.

colbyChances are we’re all thinking about Colby these past couple days, after the now-Astro played against the Cardinals on Friday and Rick Hummel wrote a very interesting profile on him in yesterday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reading it, I was actually glad things happened the way they did since, at age 28 (which is pretty much usually the prime of a player’s career, right?) Colby fully admits that “I haven’t got much more in me” when it comes to baseball.

Want a quick reminder of what things were like by about mid-July 2011? Check out this post from the AMF archives by Michael, as well as the multitude of comments.

And then, on July 27, Colby was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, with the Cardinals receiving Edwin Jackson (via the White Sox), Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel and — remember this part? — Corey Patterson.

Suddenly, there was a  new No. 28 — Octavio Dotel.

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Letter To The (Now) Cardinals Enemy: Skip Schumaker

Dear Skip,

Ah, yes indeed, our dearest and beloved Skippy! Congratulations should be in order first of all, to you and your Dodgers on making it to the National League Championship Series. Way to go!

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUTYou guys definitely have had quite a season, from being in last place in the National League West on June 30 to being the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot when you won your division — and the team definitely knew how to celebrate that accomplishment, right? Then you took care of the Braves in the NLDS rather easily in four games.

Which leads us to where we are today: Dodgers vs. Cardinals in the NLCS for the first time since 1985, first team to four wins moves to the World Series while the other team goes home.

Should be quite the match-up. As you are well aware, it’s the third straight year for the Cards in the NLCS — and your third straight year there too. But, adored as you still are among Cardinals fans, we’re rooting that you’ve had your last celebration in 2013. We have to, unapologetically.

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