Cardinals Caravan – Joy in Joplin

by on January 13, 2010 · 0 comments

A little birdy told me to get this posted now since most of tonight’s Radio Hour is pretty much accounted for…lots of happenings in Pitchers Hit Eighth land so let me get a couple of announcements out of the way first.

Not one to normally toot my own horn, I have to this time since Nick obviously wants the FF season to go quietly away. We here at PH8 celebrated the end of this glorious occasion by crowning a champ — yours truly! Moving on I plan on defending the title but bragging rights will be limited as my track record is spotty to say the least.

Happy to report one of the best people out there is getting even more print. Derrick Goold keeps us all entertained at Bird Land, but this time I had to do some further research (yes Nick, on Twitter) to get to the bottom of the news. Check out the brand-new page for what is sure to be my birthday present in a couple of months.

Time to give the people what they want, and that is the PHExclusive material. My fair city plays host to the Cardinals Caravan this Saturday, and I’m very much looking forward to attending. Instead of waiting for the show tonight, here are the stories I’m most intrigued with heading into Spring Training.

For ESPN Insiders only (sorry), potential starter David Freese gets a nice write-up from fantasy guru Eric Karabell. Basically St. Louis may have made an even better trade when dealing Jim Edmonds than most of us thought. Freese is the headliner on the Caravan to me, and I hope to get some quotes to share with you all this weekend.

Not to be outdone, Kyle McClellan may make for an even better interview. He projects as a reliever in 2010 but anything is possible now that Matt Holliday has forever changed the landscape of the big league club. K-Mac deserves a shot at the final rotation spot in my opinion, and maybe another Josh agrees with me.

This Josh may have the most to prove out of any Cardinal hurler in ST, and it couldn’t hurt his case if McClellan is in the mix for the fifth spot. Rounding out the active players will be the perfect photo op for my daughter. Instead of grabbing one Pagnozzi, I hope for doubling up the runners so to speak! Matt and his uncle Tom are both expected in Joplin so make your picture requests quickly :)

United Cardinal Bloggers have been all over the Big Mac news as well as the Holliday signing, so there is no telling what direction Nick and I may go tonight. Tune in at the regular time of 9:30 PM CST either by clicking here or calling 646-929-1758 as all opinions are welcome.

My final fun fact of the day surrounds Holliday’s new and final? jersey number. I’m sure many people are upset he changed from Jimmy Ballgame’s #, but it makes sense to me. I didn’t get attached to him last season because, honestly, he didn’t appear likely to be staying.

As the longest signed Redbird, Matt seems more funny and loose now that the ink has dried on the contract. Check out the last quote here and tell me you don’t smile. Holliday gets a pass and I’m just glad the next time I see him hit a homer at Busch, it will be wearing lucky number seven for the BOB.

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Loyal to a fault, I was taught to never give up on your team. The Cardinals have much to look forward to in '13, and my family has already planned a number of trips to Springfield and even farther up the I-44. This year will start and end with #6, however, as St. Louis will have an extra fan watching from above - RIP Stan the Man
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