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  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    It's Official: Study Says St. Louis Cardinals Fans Are The Best in Baseball

    The St. Louis Cardinals have the most loyal fans in baseball, according to a new report from a customer loyalty consultancy firm. Brand Keys analyzed each Major League Baseball team's fan base and ranked them according to its "sports fan loyalty index." St. Louis tops the list for the first time ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    The Cardinals Get Sexy: Daily RFT's 10 Most-Read St. Louis Sports Stories of 2013

    Bow-chicka-wow-wow, Cardinal birds! 2013 was the year the St. Louis Cardinals were named the best-looking team in major league baseball, and we couldn't agree more. The Redbirds are responsible for seven of Daily RFT's ten most-read articles in sports this year. Here are the top ten St. Louis spo ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2013
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    December 10, 2013

    Six Ways to Ruin Everyone's Lives with Karaoke

    It's the holidays! Time for you and your dopey friends from high school to reunite and tear up the town. What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Red Sox Take Out Full-Page Newspaper Ad, Thank Cardinals Fans for Sportsmanship

    Those damn Red Sox. You want to hate 'em for beating us in two World Series in ten years, but then there's this: A big gushy advertisement from the front-office of the Boston ballclub thanking Cardinals fans for their "warm Midwestern welcome" and recognizing Cardinal Nation as "everything that's gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    6 Cardinals-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

    By Halloween night, the St. Louis Cardinals will be the winners or the losers of the 2013 World Series. Either way, we're expecting some epic Cardinals-themed Halloween costumes. (Now if only we could find some Cardinals-themed jokes to tell! Help us out and leave yours in the comments.) Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    "St. Louis Stronger" Was Almost a Thing

    The Best Fans in Baseball started -- then quickly halted -- selling St. Louis Stronger T-shirts in a bizarre and insensitive challenge to the Red Sox's "Boston Strong" motto. To honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the city mowed "B Strong" into the Fenway Park outfield -- like the St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    World Series Superstitions: Don't Shave Your Beard, Don't Change Your Mayor?

    Hardcore baseball fans nerd out over math: batting averages, win shares, strike out to walk ratios. Eddie Roth, St. Louis' director of operations, is one such chic geek. As the St. Louis Cardinals advanced in the playoffs, he researched how their record compares to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    PHOTOS: Baseball Cards Translate St. Louis "Cahdnals" into Boston English

    This yeeah's World Series against the Bahston Red Sawx should be wicked ahwesome. Since Game One is ova theah, St. Louis-based Rookies App is building (and tweeting) fake Cardinals baseball cards translated into Boston-ese. Want to make your own Cardinals translations? First, here's how to speak pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Voodoo Glow Skulls, Toasters Hit Home Runs at the Firebird 10/23/13: Recap, Setlists

    St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday may have rounded all four bases Wednesday night in Boston, but two bands playing back in the 314 were the ones who hit the real home runs. Punk stalwarts Voodoo Glow Skulls and ska elders the Toasters brought the sweet sounds of success and perseveranc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Goo-Gate: Did Red Sox Pitcher Jon Lester Apply Foreign Substance to Ball?

    Jon Lester pitched a masterful game last night. The Red Sox lefty had the bumbling Cardinals looking like preschoolers at tee-ball practice, striking out eight Redbird batters and allowing zero runs through seven-plus innings of work in an embarrassing Game 1 loss for St. Louis. So naturally Leste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Best and Worst Cardinals' World Series Memories

    Nineteen. It's the number of times the St. Louis Cardinals have made it to the World Series, and a tally that's second only to the New York Yankees' 40 trips to baseball's big dance. The Redbirds also lay claim to the most championships, again after the Yankees. And while October baseball has mostly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    World Series Tickets Are Wicked Expensive for Red Sox Fans, Still Pricey in St. Louis

    It will cost more to watch Game Six or Seven of the St. Louis Cardinals-Boston Red Sox World Series in Fenway Park than it would to fly to St. Louis from Boston and catch the contest at Busch Stadium. Red Sox fans are paying 81 percent more on average for a scalped ticket, says Jesse Lawrence, CEO ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Should St. Louis Cardinal Michael Wacha Shave the Beard Before the World Series?

    Mayor Francis Slay is polling his St. Louis constituency on their favorite local beard this week, and gaining momentum in the polls is the man everyone's talking about: Cardinals pitcher and NLCS MVP Michael Wacha. Wacha has tough competition, including entrepreneur Joe Edwards, County Executive C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Gateway to the West Fest Proves Itself a Destination Festival for Hardcore Fans

    On Saturday night, at approximately 11 p.m., the Red Sox bested the Detroit Tigers and secured a spot in the World Series, facing off against our beloved Cardinals. At that moment, onstage at Fubar on Locust Street, Brendan Radigan of Boston's Rival Mob made the announcement between songs, with a de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Only the Red Sox Charge More for Beer Than the Cardinals

    Cardinals fans (and really, and sports fans) know they're going to get overcharged for food and drinks at a game. We tend to complain about it a lot, but it's just one of those things -- if you want a beer at Busch Stadium (Broadway & Poplar Street; 314-345-9000), you're going to have to pay for it. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    A-Rod, Other Athletes, Linked To Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Miami New Times

    The talk of sports media this week comes from our sister paper Miami New Times, which has uncovered a South Florida clinic that allegedly gave performance-enhancing drugs to some high-profile athletes, notably Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. A former employee of Biogenesis, the company in question, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2013

    Earl Weaver Remembered By His Grandson Mike Leahy, aka Clownvis Presley

    Of all the reminiscences of former Orioles manager and St. Louis native Earl Weaver, who passed away on Friday, few are more touching than the one posted by his grandson Mike Leahy on Facebook. Leahy is the lead singer for the band 7 Shot Screamers and also the non-jumpsuited alter-ego of Clownvis P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2013

    St. Louis Native, Hall of Fame Baseball Manager Earl Weaver Dead at 82

    Earl Weaver, a St. Louis native and Beaumont High School graduate who went on to become a Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles, passed away Friday while on a cruise. He was 82. Though drafted by his hometown Cardinals, he never played in the majors for them or any other team. During his f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Metal Costume Tips and Cubs Trash Talk from the Dropkick Murphys' Matt Kelly

    After sixteen years of growl, music lovers can't help but think of Dropkick Murphys when someone mentions Boston. The band with equal parts swagger and bagpipes is as much a part of the fabric of Beantown as the brownstones that dominate the city. Despite the Murphys' undying love for the Red Sox, S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Think Tank Ranks St. Louis High in "Creative Class" Output...Not!

    The other day a colleague forwarded along a link citing a study in which St. Louis was ranked no. 4 in the nation for our Creative Class* contributions to the nation's greater good. Or so it first appeared. In a short paper titled "Is your Region ... Creative, Innovative, Productive, ... or Just P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    The Cardinals' Offensively Awesome Offense

    So the Cardinals actually managed to finish off the sweep of the Houston Astros yesterday. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised they pulled it off. Not because the Astros are a particularly tough test; they are far and away the worst team in baseball, and the fact Jeff Luhnow has decided to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Market Moves and What They Mean For the Cardinals

    The trade deadline is just a few days off now, and the Cardinals are in a dogfight for the NL Central. Whether or not that ultimately translates into actual movement for the Cards on the trade market remains to be seen, but the conditions are certainly right. It's been a fairly robust trade mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Midseason Reviews for Preseason MLB Team Predictions, In Which I Eat Lots of Crow

    Hey, you guys remember way back when, before the season really got going, and I made a whole bunch of predictions? Sure you do. I predicted MVP winners and Cy Young winners and a bunch of other stuff like that. I predicted stuff for teams, too; stuff like division standings and won/loss records. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Team-by-Team Preseason Predictions: The Cardinals Are Good, But Not Good Enough

    Yesterday I gave my predictions for individual award in the upcoming season. Today we turn our attention to larger matters. Team matters. This season actually promises an entirely new level of intrigue, due to the presence of an extra wild card team from each league. Whether you like the new de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Kyle McClellan Back On the Block?

    ​For most of the offseason it's been a poorly-kept secret the Cardinals are trying to move Kyle McClellan. They signed him back in January to a $2.5 million contract for the 2012 season, and pretty much from the moment the ink dried on the deal K-Mac's name has been floating around as potential tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Spring Training Brings Out the Amateur Photographer in Baseball's Beat Writers

    Tampa Bay Rays beatwriter Marc Topkin took this beauty.​[UPDATED: See following page]The combination of Twitter and cell phone photography meets its zenith -- and nadir -- in the work of America's baseball beat writers. These reporters have been set free from offices after their long winter naps, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Keith Law Really, Really Likes the Cards' System

    Get it? 'Cause he's a PROSPECTor? Yeah, I know. I'll try harder next time. Promise. ​Keith Law, prospect guru extraordinaire over at, has released both his top 100 prospect list and his overall organizational rankings over the past few days. The Cardinals, formerly relegated to the lower ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Roy Oswalt: The Dream That Just Won't Die

    ​​Oswalt wearing the uniform of his last team, the Phillies. I always thought those two were just a terrible fit for each other. ​I've been very skeptical of the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt as a match for quite some time now. It's not that I don't think Oswalt would be a really nice add for the R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Will This Year's World Series Have The Worst TV Ratings Ever?

    Black nor white: Cardinals in the World Series doesn't necessarily mean poor TV ratings.​You hear it each time the Cardinals enter the World Series. "Oh, the television execs must be dying! A mid-market team in the series? Ratings will be horrendous!" Yes and no. That dire prediction proved to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Baseball's Best Night Ever

    ​I really, really hope everyone out there saw at least part of all the important games played Wednesday night, because chances are we may never see their like again. The 28th of September, 2011 should -- and very possibly will -- go down in history as the single greatest night in the history of ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Colby Rasmus' Dad Responds to Trade; Says La Russa "Belittled" His Son

    Colby Rasmus is now a Toronto Blue Jay.​Tony Rasmus, the outspoken father of Colby Rasmus, has weighed in on his son's trade yesterday from the Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays. (A trade, btw, that RFT's baseball columnist, Aaron Schafer, calls one of the "stupidest, most asinine moves" he's eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Cardinals' Prospect Carlos Martinez Getting Positive Press

    ​The Futures Game is always one of the most exciting events of the season, for me at least. It's certainly more interesting to me than the home run derby or the pathetic farce the All-Star Game itself has degenerated into. (I'm sorry, but I refuse to say anything nice about the game so long as bas ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 7, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Jorge Posada, Albert Pujols and The Weight of Past Glory

    commons.wikimedia.orgPosada in 2007.​If you're even a casual sports fan and aren't living under a very large rock, you may have heard there was some hullabaloo over the weekend involving the New York Yankees' veteran catcher, Jorge Posada. It seems that, after seeing his name penciled in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    The Opening Day Crystal Ball: 2011 MLB Predictions

    I actually dressed up like this to write this post. I predict the itching of this beard will soon drive me to madness. ​Just a bare handful of hours, now, until the Cardinals' 2011 season gets underway. Plenty of ink and bytes have been spilled talking about what the season may bring, lots of it r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Because There's No News to Report in Kansas City, Royals Blogger Makes Some Up

    image viaYou can't tell, but there's a passage from Of Plymouth Plantation under the brim of Crawford's cap.​This is, to put it kindly, not an especially exciting time of year to be a journalist. Especially if you cover baseball. So naturally, it's the perfect time for Kansas City Royals blogg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Five Picks for Cardinals' Rule 5 Draft

    Players line up to be fawned over and poked at in preparation for the Rule 5 draft. ​Baseball's Winter Meetings will come to an end today, with the annual Rule 5 draft one of the final items on the itinerary. In case you aren't familiar with the Rule 5 draft, here's a decent overview of how it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    What Is Wrong with This Picture? Special World Series Edition!

    Let's just say you don't turn to FOX -- or to Joe Buck, who recited this graphic word for word last night -- for the facts. ​

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Cards Fans Rank as Nation's Tenth Best? WTF?

    image viaThis kind of devotion is only worth a number 10 ranking?​It had to happen. They've already ranked everything else (and by "they" we mean The Media), so why not sports fans? Is it really possible to give an objective rating to a city's sports fans? Can you say that the citizens of one ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 14, 2010
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    June 7, 2010

    2010 MLB Draft: A Mock Draft You Can Set Your Watch To

    It's Christmas in June! ​Finally, Draft Day is here, and I'm as giddy as a small child the day before Christmas, shaking all the packages and trying to figure out what might be in that really big one with my name on it. Unfortunately, no amount of shaking or clever examination of the boxes is goin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    RIP Ernie Harwell, 1918-2010

    Image sourceHarwell (left) and Paul Carey call a Tigers game.​A moment of silence, please, for Ernie Harwell, the longtime Detroit Tigers announcer and one of the greatest ever to call the game, who died last night from cancer. He was 92. He was with the Tigers for 42 seasons, most of them on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Mayor Slay Defends Stripper Mobile; Vehicle Turns Heads in St. Louis, Baltimore

    Behold: A "Stripper Mobile"​Man, am I kicking myself right now. Late last Friday I got an invite to tool around downtown in the St. Louis Hustler Club's "Stripper Mobile" -- a converted U-Haul truck outfitted with plexiglass walls and (you guessed it!) strippers.Sadly, though, I had to pass on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Julio Lugo Traded

    ​Farewell to the glare. We hardly knew ye or your crazy eyes. The Cardinals have agreed to deal utility infielder Julio Lugo to the Baltimore Orioles for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. The deal is still awaiting final approval from the commissioner's office, indicat ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 6, 2010
  • Dining

    July 4, 2007

    Ladue Me

    Ian cheers his lowly team from a high-class sports bar

  • News

    February 21, 2007

    Being Darryl Strawberry

    Baseball's bad boy is now doing the Lord's work in O'Fallon, Missouri. How long will that last?

  • Dining

    October 25, 2006

    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

    Schlafly Brewery and Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street, 314-241-2337.

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2001

    Lawn Boy

    Grass guru David Mellor tells you how to get your lawn looking like your favorite big-league baseball stadium

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