Five years ago this month, all was looking up in the world as far as I was concerned. My last deployment came to an end, and I overspent for a once-in-a-lifetime birthday present.
The calendar now turns to March 2012, and again it appears that not much has changed for the Cardinals. They gave an early gift by hopefully ensuring much less drama this spring and will unveil another banner with the same Opening Day ace.
Even with a new right side of the infield in St. Louis, another deep run into October has to be on everyone’s mind. Of course change happens more often than not, but this season will certainly be a first in many ways.
Today’s announcement of the added playoff teams may have been a formality, so it shouldn’t have surprised too many fans. When you look closer, however, the news isn’t all good. Mainly for the Cards, being a favorite in the National League Central could have a different outcome this fall.
Due to an already stacked schedule, the playoff run a division winner has to make certainly just got harder. And yes it is a bit early for the defending champs to think about all that but hey, I had some extra time on my hands.
Which brings me to something that has been a few months in the making.
In case anyone noticed the title change, I’m putting the Friday posts to rest in favor of a more open style. It brought a nice distraction to the crazy end of last year, but the best change of all happened right here at PH8. We added two great writers which only gives our three loyal readers even more of a variety.
With games that mean something towards the big picture starting Monday, it is a great time to be a fan. It is even better knowing that St. Louis is talking ring designs and promo schedules for the most part.
Because five years ago, I’m pretty sure if anyone mentioned a new first baseman they would have been voted off the Cardinal Nation island. Sit back and enjoy the ride as baseball invades the sports calendar, and my girls have to share me for the next 6-8 months. Here’s hoping for eight and then some!