Playoffs

“What are you doing here?” Tony La Russa to Lance Lynn, Game 5 It’s been a punch line since Monday night, but viewed in a different light, that line – that question – is really a microcosm of how the Cardinals’ 2011 season has turned out, no? They weren’t supposed to be here. Ten-and-a-half games [...]

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[ED Note: I received an e-mail this morning containing an unsolicited story of one Cardinal fan's recollection of how he watched the Cardinals defeat the Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series.  PH8 Reader Matt led off the e-mail with this: "I had to sit down and type out my thoughts about last night. [...]

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Too many things are still floating through my head after last night’s magic and thankfully, I have that little distraction called work to get me right up to Game 7. No matter how many times this story started writing itself during the back and forth of possibly the greatest World Series finish, a Hollywood ending [...]

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Do you see what I did there?  Thought so.  Not only was the weather in St. Louis a bit nasty for a while yesterday, but it also may have given the Cardinals a bit of an assist (or two).  The degree to which the Cardinals can take advantage of that fortuitous splash of rain will [...]

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The Cardinals have their backs against the wall, and the odds are against them.  They need to leave it all out on the field tonight, give it 110%, and execute like never before.  They need to ante up and kick in, kick the tires and light the fires, and hold nothing back.  It’s time to [...]

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Can You Hear Me Now?

by on October 25, 2011 · 4 comments

Tony LaRussa called down to the bullpen while Octavio Dotel was struggling with the whole “making good pitches” thing, and he asked that Jason Motte start warming up.  Somehow, the Cardinal bullpen coach, Derek Lilliquist, allegedly heard “Rzepcynski” instead of “Motte”.  Astutely, LaRussa saw that Motte was not the one warming up, and he called [...]

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This Is Not 1985

by on October 23, 2011 · 0 comments

This is most definitely not 1985, and Ron “Mea” Kulpa is not Don Denkinger.  Don Denkinger was not solely responsible for the Cardinals losing game game 6 of the 1985 World Series, and Ron Kulpa was not solely responsible for the Rangers losing game 3 of the 2011 World Series.  Cardinal fans were upset in [...]

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There is nothing quite like a close World Series game….followed by one complaint after another.  In no particular order, I’ve heard or read variations of the following: Jon Jay couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a baseball from 20 feet away. Albert Pujols should have avoided making an error at all times. Ian [...]

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Yeah, I know, should’ve posted this earlier than now – but if you follow @PitchersHit8th on Twitter, you already know we’re gonna be at Sedgwick’s Bar tonight to watch the Cardinals take a 2-1 World Series lead! Join us – along with what sounds like a fairly large group of Cards fans, including @daynperry, @RSBS, [...]

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Two main points caught my attention right after Game 2 while the ending took more time to evaluate. The 2011 World Series is far from over, thanks in part to the huge play of Jaime Garcia and Allen Craig. Both of the young Cardinals introduced themselves to the rest of baseball on the largest stage [...]

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