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.

28And, by the time October arrived, that 28 was having a little bit of fun — thanks to the Rally Squirrel. Continue reading

On Chris Carpenter, Baseball Moments and Storybook Endings

Chris Carpenter has been on my mind in recent weeks.

There have been the glimpses of him in the Cardinals dugout from time to time during the Cardinals broadcasts, of course, plus he was featured prominently in a great USA Today piece by Bob Nightengale on Sept. 26, “Game in ’11 ‘changed everything’ for two teams.”

CC-first pitchLast Saturday night too, while I watched Andy Pettitte’s final inning as a major leaguer play out with the perfect ending of a complete game, I couldn’t help but think of Chris.

He deserves that kind of from-a-movie ending, doesn’t he? For all that he’s done for and as a Cardinal, to recognize the baddest of BAMFs to pitch for the team since Bob Gibson?

But baseball isn’t fair.

And, as we all learn the hard way at some point, life isn’t fair.

Chris did get a baseball moment on Friday, as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Two of the NLDS. (Thank you, MLB Network, for showing it.)

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