In this week's print edition, we talked to Thymme Jones, the founding member of Chicago prog-rock outfit Cheer-Accident. The initial interview covered more ground than we could print. While we spoke about the upcoming show this Saturday at the Schlafly Tap Room, Jones mentioned the band's latest end ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
You know, the All-Star break has come and gone. The second half (I should really put that in quotation marks, but screw it), of the baseball season is well and truly underway. I had a dozen different things I was planning on writing while the break was going on, all kinds of progress reports an ... More >>
You know, it's really kind of sad that Lance Lynn pitched last night. Not that it's a bad thing he was on the mound, by any means, or that I would have rather seen someone else. Hell, at the moment I think I can honestly say there isn't anyone I would rather see on the mound than Lance Lynn.&nb ... More >>
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 >>
The blurb by Richard Russo on the front cover of Joe Schuster's new book The Might Have Been declares it "surely destined to join the ranks of transcendent baseball novels." And it is. But what are those other transcendent baseball novels, you may ask? Here are a few, selected by Schuster himself an ... More >>
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 >>
Rescue dogs and kittens: This guy has your Backes.Daily RFT had the opportunity yesterday to talk with David Backes, the All-Star winger for the St. Louis Blues, prior to the launch of his new media campaign with Adopt-a-Pet.com. Beginning today, you'll start seeing billboards of Backes and his w ... More >>
Mark Buehrle: Dog's best friend.A Shetland sheep dog with an arrow shot through its abdomen is recovering from surgery today. Rescue workers in Alton discovered the dog early yesterday morning with an arrow protruding from both its sides and rushed the animal to a local veterinarian. A microchip ... More >>
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.
Although current Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda is a talented, dynamic singer, many fans of the band still long for the days when Steve Perry was at the helm. With his unstoppable mullet and dazzling range, the singer put an indelible mark on hits such as "Any Way You Want It" and "Open Arms." Perry' ... More >>
image viaAhmed Hassan, host of Yard Wars and the perfect man to recreate Busch Stadium in your yard!Guess what? There are Cubs fans in St. Louis. They even live in harmony with their Cardinals fan neighbors. But now the DIY Network is storming into town to stir up trouble. In a special episod ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergErnie Hays at home in his home.He's the answer to the trivia question: Who's the only person to play for the baseball Cardinals, football Cardinals and St. Louis Blues in a single season. He's Ernie Hays, keyboardist extraordinaire. After 40 years in the stadium booth fo ... More >>
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 >>
Image sourceThe Illinois House of Representatives asks, "¿Como se dice 'snooze' en español?"On the eve of their summer recess, the Illinois House of Representatives boldly passed a resolution that officially condemns Arizona's harsh new immigration law. Trouble was, they ended up taking the leg ... More >>
A couple of years ago, back when Charlie Haeger was floating around between Triple A and the majors with the White Sox, I was really hoping the Cardinals might check into acquiring him. At the time, it didn't look as if Chicago had a whole lot of use for him, and I thought he would make a great pick ... More >>
Thanks to a Jim Edmonds-worthy catch in the ninth inning by White Sox centerfielder DeWayne Wise, St. Charles native (and Francis Howell North High School-alum) Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in Major League Baseball history yesterday afternoon.Now Buehrle is basking in the glory of perf ... More >>
Just a few minutes ago, Mark Buehrle, the lefty from the Chicago White Sox who just also happens to be a St. Louis native, completed the eighteenth perfect game in baseball history. Congratulations to Mark, who actually attended college three minutes from my childhood home. Of course, my congra ... More >>
Since I'm not a fan of sports (or swarming masses of humanity), the All-Star Game hoopla was wasted on me. Yeah, I know. The money and exposure are great for St. Louis, but I'd rather hit myself in the head with a bat than fight the crowds of crazy that converged on downtown this week.Still, as a ... More >>
Did the sweeping music of the All-Star game's opening ceremonies lull you to sleep? Did the "All-Stars Among Us" video bore you to tears, or just cause you to change the channel? Did all that talking by MC Joe Buck aggravate you? If so -- but you still want to catch up on a bit o' baseball history t ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/sumaresSt. Louis thinks about Chicago a lot. It's bigger. It thinks it's better. Its National League team is our baseball team's most deadly rival.But to Chicagoans, the National League team's most deadly rival is the American League team across town. When Chicago bothers to consid ... More >>
Ozzie GuillenChicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might not know it, but he's a fan of St. Louis-based Rina Wear clothing company. The Chicago Tribune reports that prior to today's inter-league match between the White Sox and Cubs at Wrigley Field, Guillen came across a street vendor selling T-sh ... More >>
You know, I had never really thought about the steroid issue from this angle before, but Ron Kittle thinks that Jose Canseco may want to watch his back. Canseco and Rafael Palmeiro engage in a deadly game of cat and mouse. After the former Oakland slugger broke baseball's code of silence, ... More >>
Perhaps the new president is still a little peeved about losing Missouri in the general election (though unlikely), but it's probably his allegiance to the Chicago White Sox that caused him to reluctantly mention the Cardinals and give a shout-out to Scott Air Force Base during Tuesday night's Comma ... More >>
Unreal talks ponies with a true racing expert, learns some things about mowing (severed toes are bad) and receives a particularly biting Commontary.
The importance of the great Number 42.
All of a sudden the Cardinals are embracing a youth movement.
When a blogger fingered him in the Jason Grimsley scandal, strength coach Chris Mihlfeld found himself in a world of pain.
Week of June 15, 2006
The spendingest opening day in the big leagues this year!
The Cardinals' legendary organist tickles the keyboard -- and a lot more
Somebody forgot to tell Emil Williams Jr. that bowling is for fat, beer-guzzling honkies
Smokestacks, strip joints and a seriously solid tax base: Welcome to Sauget, Illinois
Why the Cardinals aren't moving across the river
Published the week of July 12-18, 2000
Success ruins some of baseball owners' most tearful tales
The life stories of St. Louis' pro-baseball teams are lovingly chronicled in Peter Golenbock's The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns
Whitey Herzog takes a vicious swing at money-driven modern baseball, where only the wealthy win -- and the fans always lose