Rick Ankiel

Cardinals need a Holliday

by on November 10, 2008 · 7 comments

Ed. Note: My apologies to PH8 contributor StLCards, who put this post up a few days ago, and I didn’t even realize it was here.  Please read below. —– Last week amidst all the Jake Peavy rumblings I came across a headline that basically indicated the Rockies were now ready to accept less for Holliday. [...]

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So today is my turn in the esteemed United Cardinal Bloggers’ Roundtable discussions taking place this month of October.  I’ve had a great time going back and forth with this red bleeding bunch, no matter agreeing or disagreeing.  While most of the Cardinal fandom is focused on who the Redbirds can add this off-season, I [...]

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Well, that’s really where it all began, isn’t it? I apologize for my longer than anticipated absence, and in some ways, I’m not that sorry.  I barely got to see any Cardinal baseball while I’ve been on ‘hiatus’, and that’s seemingly been a good thing.  I hate to go down the path of pessimist, but [...]

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Going to bed early

by on August 6, 2008 · 0 comments

You may have noticed by the lack of my wit and knowledge around here that I have already, by the middle of the week, had one of the longest weeks of the year to date.  Work is keeping me hectic and on-the-go.  Last night, that was a blessing in disguise. Having already listened to the [...]

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A tale of two offenses

by on July 29, 2008 · 6 comments

Which one will show up tonight? The Cards’ offense has recently exploded for ten runs on Saturday versus the Mets (albeit in extra time) and for twelve last night versus the Braves (albeit versus a rookie, stop-gap starter).  Last night they were even without their slugging centerfielder, Rick Ankiel.  That could be an ongoing absence, [...]

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With the trade deadline fast approaching, and every post I write seemingly spouting off about “why can’t we trade this minor-leaguer for an All-Star?”, I thought it appropriate to get some information from a better source.  Erik from Future Redbirds was gracious enough to take the time to answer some (admittedly) off-the-cuff questions about the [...]

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I knew I had heard this during the broadcast on MLB.tv this weekend, but didn’t have the exact quote.  Thanks to DG over at STLToday.com for posting it and reminding me: “It’s stunning,” [Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Steve] Blass said about Ankiel, the pitcher-turned-slugger. “No one can appreciate what he has done, how he’s come and [...]

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Late to the Bonds party

by on July 14, 2008 · 4 comments

So, it appears that I’ve missed the boat on this one.  Half the Cardinal blogosphere is calling for Barry Bonds to be signed. Kujo over at Rockin the Red was the first one I saw, then Scott Wuerz from the Belleville News-Democrat put a bit on his blog View From the Cheap Seats, InsideSTL.com jumped [...]

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In a fit of frustration Wednesday night, after seeing Rick Ankiel fail to produce in a crucial late-game situation again, I made the foolhardy assertion in a game thread over at Viva El Birdos that Ankiel was regressing to look like Chris Duncan at the plate.  I said he was consistently fooled by breaking balls [...]

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*Sigh*  Another rain delay.  Bad for baseball, good for writing. As I reflected further last night and today on the big trades that took place in the NL Central earlier in the week – for those not paying attention, the Brewers got CC Sabathia and the Cubs got Rich Harden – the more I’m convinced [...]

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