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    November 26, 2013

    Cardinals Trade David Freese; What Will Imo's Pizza Do Now?

    Now that hometown boy and third baseman David Freese is on the Los Angeles Angels roster, pizza lovers around St. Louis want to know: Who will sell the square beyond compare?

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    November 6, 2013

    6 Photos of Tony La Russa Cuddling with Puppies That Will Make You Happy Forever

    Baseball fans know Tony La Russa as the sunglasses-wearing, fiercely intense manager who led the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series wins. But the Daily RFT found six impossibly cute photos of La Russa that could cheer up even a town of baseball fanatics right after a huge loss. (Know any of t ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    St. Louis Native Hired as Mariners' Full-Time Announcer, First Since Legendary Dave Niehaus

    Aaron Goldsmith, who grew up in St. Louis, is the Seattle Mariners' first full-time radio announcer hire since legendary caller Dave Niehaus, who passed away at age 75 in 2010. Goldsmith, at the young age of 29, has secured the incredibly sought-after job after six seasons of working his way throu ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 23, 2012

    A Turning Point For the Cardinals? (Again)

    It may be that at the end of the season we will look back on the series sweep just completed by the Cardinals as a singularly important moment. I say singularly, but that may not be the absolute most correct word. I think we could very well see this series as an extraordinarily important moment ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    David Freese Wins All-Star Fan Vote, Makes Roster

    Local baseball masher and heart-throb David Freese has earned his first MLB All-Star Game berth thanks to overwhelming fan support in the NL Final Vote competition. Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish won the AL slot. This brings to five the total number of Cardinals summoned to Kansas City, with Carlo ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    The Dream is Over: Roy Oswalt Signs With the Rangers

    So much for the early-season cavalry, folks. On the same day which would later see Jake Westbrook take the mound and get clubbed for five runs, the Texas Rangers signed Cardinals' fans' (and, ahem, certain sports columnists'), favorite target for signing speculation, inking Roy Oswalt to a one ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Chris Perez Tells Off Cleveland -- Twice

    You might remember Chris Perez from his time here in St. Louis as a young fireballing reliever with shaky-at-best control. Or, you might remember him as the guy who was traded away for Mark DeRosa. (An ill-fated deal if ever there has been one; DeRosa got hurt and contributed virtually nothing for t ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Walt Jocketty's Two Worst Trades, And Why Cardinals Fans Should Still Feel Worse

    You may or may not have heard yet, but Josh Hamilton had himself quite a game last night. The Texas Rangers outfielder became just the 16th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a single game as part of a 5-for-5 night that saw him collect 8 RBI and 18 total bases. Bizarrely e ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Albert Pujols' Cars Well-Suited for Southern California, Even If Slugger Is Not

    A lot has been made about Albert Pujols' struggles at the plate this year. After 28 games as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, Pujols is hitting just .196 with seven RBI's. (He did hit a home run yesterday, ending his longest drought without a homer.)Still the questions persist: Is Pujols putting ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Albert Pujols: Still Great, But Not the Same Guy

    There's a really interesting article up right now over at Baseball Prospectus, the venerable analysis site, regarding a subject very near and dear to Cardinals' fans' hearts. What makes it extra nice is the folks at BP have made the full thing available free right out front, rather than sticking it ... More >>

  • News

    April 5, 2012
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    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 >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Texas Rangers Introduce Alternate Universe "Champion" Hot Dog

    You might remember what happened last October: The St. Louis Cardinals, down to their last strike, staged an improbable comeback to win game six of the World Series. The next night, they won game seven and their eleventh championship. So it was with equal parts confusion and bemusement that Gut Che ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Sports Illustrated Picks Reds to Win NL Central; And Guess Who's on the Cover?

    ​Sports Illustrated is out with its annual baseball preview. And surprise, surprise the cover fronts Albert Pujols and fold outs with comparisons ranking him among baseball greats DiMaggio, Williams and Aaron. SI also picks Pujol's new team, the Los Angeles Angels, to win the World Series.As for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Cards to Hold Afternoon Press Conference to Announce Yadier Molina Contract Extension, Reportedly Worth $75 Million

    He may be Albert Pujols's good friend and hitting disciple, but it appears that he won't follow Pujols's lead when it comes to delaying contract negotiations. The Cardinals will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. (CST) this afternoon from thier Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla., to announce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    High Drama as Pujols Arrives at Spring Training

    We journalists pride ourselves on our skill at descriptive writing. It shows that we are poets, not mere hacks. Sometimes we do a pretty good job. Sometimes we get carried away. A fine example of the latter is a very brief story from the Associated Press (239 words total) about Albert Pujols' early ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Albert Pujols Plans to Report to Camp Early

    (c) Topps Inc​The presumptive Anaheim Angels first baseman told that he intends to report to spring training a week earlier than position players are scheduled, because "For the last 12 years I've lived in the city of St. Louis, where it's cold ... I'm going to try to get there (T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2011

    Albert Pujols Can Buy a Lot of Wheaties for $254 Million

    St. Louis Cardinals fans might still be coming to terms with Albert Pujols' departure for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The marketplace, however, has already responded. Seen today at Schnucks:​(Of course, since this commemorative box of Wheaties Fuel features Albert's handsome mug but no St. ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Pujols Thanks Fans In Newspaper Ad

    In conclusion: Thanks, mang.​Albert Pujols has a message to Cardinal Nation -- if anyone happens to stumble across it.The words from the newest member of the Los Angeles Angels can be found buried waaaay back on page C10 of the sport section in today's Post-Dispatch. In a full-page, paid advertise ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    The Best of Ron Washington's Foul-Mouthed Pep Talk

    Motherfucker loves saying motherfucker.​Today released the locker room pep talk Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington gave his team prior to Game 7 of the World Series. Washington may not be much of a motivational speaker (the Rangers went on to easily fold by a score of 2-6 and l ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    World Series Collectible Says Pujols Won MVP, Series Lasted 6 Games

    Click image for larger view.​Anyone else out there confused by the television commercials this week from The company is blanketing the St. Louis airwaves with ads for its 2011 World Series collectible (right) that includes a ball and a plaque commemorating the Cardinals' eleventh ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Can the Cards Survive the Deadly Ex-Cubs Factor? [UPDATED]

    Do the Cardinals need one of these?​Update October 31: It turns out they can! (It was proven in 2008 when the Rays lost to the Phillies that minor-leaguers do count as ex-Cubs.) Which means...if the Ex-Cubs curse has been broken, is the Curse of the Goat far behind? Dare we say -- Cubs in 2012 ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Miracle Weekend for Missouri Sports: Is God to Thank?

    The gift of life and the gift of winning.​October 28-30, 2011, may just go down as the greatest weekend for Missouri sports ever. On Friday the Cardinals won their 11th World Series title in one of the greatest come-from-behind stories ever in sports. On Saturday the struggling Missouri Tigers tra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    3 Ways Cardinals Benefit from Rain Rescheduling

    Purple Rain: still better than a rainout. But it's actually kind of close this time. ​It was disappointing to see the game rained out last night. You get all geared up for a do-or-die game, and then down comes the rain, washing the spider out and pushing all that pent-up energy off for another nig ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Bush League Fan Songs: Because There Just Aren't Enough Croon-Rap Songs In The World

    ​With a return trip to St. Louis now a sure thing, the Cardinals are proving more equal to this challenge than some people thought they were. Last week, we brought you a few homegrown theme songs, and today we have the latest installment in our continuing series of Rangers musical face plants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Four Cardinals Starters Batting Sub-200 Through Series

    If this image looks like it came from an E-D website, there's good reason for that.​First of all, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, yesterday was not the colossal St. Louis sports failure that you made it out to be during last night's World Series broadcast. No one in their right mind here in St. Louis t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Three Things to Be Happy About From Game One (Well, Besides Winning)

    What? No, I haven't seen this movie. But, you know, it's called Happiness. I'm sure it's an uplifting, inspirational kind of story. Why are you looking at me like that? ​​Good time to be a Cardinal fan, right? I mean, the Redbirds just took care of business last night in game one of the World Se ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    The Single Biggest Key to the Cardinals Defeating the Rangers

    Now that's a really big key. ​World Series starts tonight, kids. Exciting stuff, any time you can watch your team playing for the title. Plenty of ink has been spilled analyzing the two sides nearly to death, and plenty more will be spilled between now and the day the series ends. Let me boil ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    The Texas Rangers' Bush League Fan Songs: Volume One

    ​The World Series starts tonight. The Cardinals, who have been defying expectations for the better part of two months now, have only four wins and one team standing in the way of an eleventh World Championship. That team, of course, is the Texas Rangers, and this is their second straight trip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    World Series Starts Wednesday at Busch Stadium

    The Cardinals are four games away from picking up their 11th one of these.​Wow! What a dizzying game last night. Six home runs in the first three innings?! You gotta be kidding me. And you got to feel bad -- almost -- for the hapless Brewers who committed another four errors last night in Milwauke ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Starters Still Suck, But the Cardinals are Moving On

    This was the Mariners' bullpen car in 1982, back when baseball still had cool things like bullpen cars. No, this isn't really related to the Cards' current bullpen, but I've been waiting to use this picture forever. ​​The most improbable postseason run I can ever recall isn't ready to end just y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Moneyball and an All-American Snack Banquet

    Walking into Moneyball, it's hard not to anticipate the stereotypical baseball movie: chewing tobacco, player enlightenment, inspirational pep talks from the coach before the big game, maybe even some angels in the outfield. But above all, you expect a show, a tense series of games that eventually r ... More >>

  • Film

    September 22, 2011
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    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

    November 11, 2010

    Baseball Loses Another Legend: Dave Niehaus Dead at 75

    Niehaus. ​You remember several years back, when the whole satellite radio thing was just starting up? XM and Sirius were still separate companies and David Bowie fell out of the sky. It was a crazy time. Well, I happened to be one of the earliest adopters of satellite radio, but not because I ... 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. ​

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    August 5, 2010

    Cardinal Trade Targets From the Department of Dumb Ideas

    A bad idea, but way more fun than these others. ​Okay, so I know things aren't great around here in Cardinal country just right now. The team is scuffling, the injuries are piling up, and we're all still a little peeved over Ryan Ludwick being traded. And I also know, given the time of year, that ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010
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    June 30, 2010

    Some Jeff Suppan-Induced Thoughts on Trading for Cliff Lee​So I'm watching the Cardinals play, suffering through watching Jeff Suppan pitch, and it got me thinking about who the Cards might be able to get to replace him. Now, it's not that Suppan has actually been all that bad since returning to us; he's certainly been better th ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Five Reasons The Cardinals Should Trade for Cliff Lee*

    Image sourceWouldn't Cliff Lee look nice in Cardinal red?​In case you haven't been paying attention these past three games, the Mariners stink.It's a special kind of stink too. They run into outs on the bases, commit costly errors, blow saves and generally suck at hitting. Just think of an ugly wa ... More >>

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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 >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Kit Bond Falls Asleep During Intelligence Briefing

    "Kit and I sometimes have trouble staying awake during those boring intelligence briefings."​Seems everyone is asleep at the wheel these days. Oh well, these are troubled and tiring times, after all. We could all use a good nap. Take Ken Griffey Jr., for one. The Seattle Mariner's ce ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Pining For Pineiro: Ex-Cardinal Off to a Brilliant Start This Season

    commons.wikimedia.orgPlease come back to us, Jo-El! ​I don't know if anyone else has been following the performance of one Joel "El Pinata" Pineiro since he left the Cardinals this past offseason, but I have. Not out of some sort of masochistic impulse to see the Cards' moves turn out badly and se ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    Video: Death Cab for Cutie Rings in the Seattle Mariners' Season By Playing the Greatest Baseball Song Ever

    This one's for Keegan: Courtesy of 5 Score Pachyderm, here's footage of Death Cab for Cutie at the Seattle Mariners' home opener playing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and -- awesomely -- John Fogerty's "Centerfield." (Except when the guitar goes off track. Oops.) Love the customized jerseys!

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    April 13, 2010

    MP3: Gotta Be Karim (Still) Rocks a Cardinals Hat on New Tune "Hello St. Louis"

    Gotta Be Karim in a controversial fitted cap.​The Mariners are my team. I grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr crash into walls at the Kingdome, I imitate Ichiro's batting stance at Tower Tee and, as much as it pains me to say it during the Cardinals' opening homestand, Seattle's Safeco Field is far an ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Cardinals Ticket Prices Up 24 Percent in Secondary Market

    ​According to, a website which compiles data on the costs of tickets for various sporting and music events in the secondary market, the St. Louis Cardinals' overall ticket prices are up 24 percent going into 2010 over the second-half of last year. This should come as no surprise, ... More >>

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