David Freese

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Fewer Collisions Between Missouri Drivers, Deer This Year: Study

    Good news, Missouri drivers. You are 8 percent less likely to collide your car into a deer than you were last year, according to a new report from auto insurer State Farm. State Farm used its claims data and Federal Highway Administration state licensed driver counts to calculate the odds of a Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blame Jonathan Lucroy, Star Wars for Yadier Molina Injury

    Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, a.k.a. the best fans in baseball, were devastated to hear the team's linchpin and catcher Yadier Molina will be out for months after tearing a ligament in his thumb. Molina was sliding into third base foot-first when he injured his hand, ending his hopes of playing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Comedian Judah Friedlander Takes on Imo's Again: "Legally, It's Not Even Like Pizza"

    The first time Judah Friedlander -- who plays Frank Rossitano, the guy with all the hats on 30 Rock -- ate an Imo's pizza, he thought it was a joke. "I thought I was on a prank show where someone had given me the worst pizza in history, and then I realized, 'Oh, this is how they actually make it,'" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Cardinals: Top 17 Sexiest Players of All Time

    Last week, we published an item noting that, according to ESPN's Uni Watch Power Rankings, the St. Louis Cardinals are the "best-looking team" in all of major league sports. That much deserved ranking is specifically in reference to the team's great retro-style jerseys and all around spiffy uniforms ... More >>

  • Music

    April 4, 2013
  • News

    February 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Tef Poe's Juggling Act: Lessons Learned from James Brown

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    "What High School Should We Call Me" Still Waiting for David Freese Retweet

    What High School Should We Call Me was recently named Best Local Meme in Riverfront Times 2013 Web Awards. For a full list of winners click here. "Well this was inevitable." Those were the words Lisa Derus tweeted to her friends last May when she sent them a link to a new Tumblr blog called What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Mark McGwire Gamble Paid Off For Cardinals; Will Successor Prove The Same?

    So apparently it's become like a thing now for Cardinals sluggers to leave the team in the offseason and head for Southern California. Last year it was Albert Pujols, aka the Second Greatest Cardinal (and who will never, ever reach number one on that list), leaving the Redbirds and taking his talent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Which Song will FOX Ruin During the MLB Playoffs This Year?

    The MLB postseason began again over the weekend--you might have noticed your sports-agnostic fans living and dying with the Cardinals' Wild Card play-in game win on Friday. You might even have noticed, in yourself, a newfound interest in the vagaries of the infield fly rule. If you noticed those thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    The Cardinals Run a Marathon -- And Come in Second

    It took 19 innings, but the Cardinals managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the end. It was, in a very special way, the perfect version of a 2012 Cards game. Coming into this latest series against the Pittsburgh Pirates -- aka the team the Cards are chasing in the standings -- th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Should the Cardinals Take a Paycut to Finance Their Own Ballpark Village? Nahhh

    St. Louis' Board of Alderman voted to approve up to $17 million in public subsidies to finance Ballpark Village, that oft-delayed development where you were supposed to watch the Cardinals take the World Series a year ago. Ah the best laid schemes of land developers and public officials... The deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Allen Craig Show: It's Better than the Albert Pujols Hour of Power

    Allen Craig is good at the baseball. We already knew that, of course; he's hitting home runs at a pace of roughly one every 13.5 plate appearances and owns an OPS of 1.046. For his career, that home run pace is one every 18.5 PAs; his wOBA last season was .399, and this year it's .431. Allen Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Will KMOV's Morning Anchors Just Do It Already?

    There's really no delicate way to put this: Andre Hepkins and Claire Kellet need to have themselves some sweaty, somersault sex. And soon -- before KMOV viewers are subjected to one more disgusting promo commercial of the two "Awake with News 4" co-anchors flirting in front of the camera. If you've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Should We Be Worried About Cardinals' 0-4 Slump?

    The Cardinals are mired in their first real slump of the season. That's not to say the Cards haven't faced any adversity before now, of course; there have been a couple of really tough losses already in 2012, and they have seemed to come in bunches, little clusters of misery amidst what has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Allen Craig to Return Tonight

    The Cardinals have been one of the best offensive teams in all of baseball so far this season, ranking behind only three American League teams (who obviously have the benefit of the designated hitter), as far as OPS. In runs scored, the Atlanta Braves currently have an edge on the Cards for the top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    The Cards Open the Season in Style

    The Cardinals opened the 2012 season last night, playing -- and winning -- the first official game in the Miami Marlins' brand new ballpark. It was a night of firsts, really. It was the first win for manager Mike Matheny. The first hit for Carlos Beltran in a Cardinal uniform. The first time a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Greek Fire's Johnny Venus has Leukemia and No Health Insurance

    About a month ago, Greek Fire drummer Johnny Venus noticed that the exhaustion he attributed to his band's recently completed Japanese tour had not faded. He was reluctant to see a doctor because he does not have health insurance, but his friends and bandmates eventually convinced him to get his blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    St. Louis' Ten Best Sports Bars

    Late March is a magical time of the year, isn't it? We're midway through the NCAA Tournament (with St. Louis hosting the Midwest Regional this weekend); baseball's Opening Day is right around the corner; the NHL playoffs (featuring the Blues for the first time in three years) start in a few weeks; a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Won't You Support Joe Sports Fan?

    ​If you haven't heard, RFT's favorite sports blog is transitioning. Joe Sports Fan launched nearly a decade ago and quickly became one of the best sites for ridiculing our national obsession with sports.Now Joe Sports Fans is getting down to its true roots: St. Louis. In February the site revamped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Five Fringe Players to Watch in Spring Training

    ​Spring Training is finally underway, promising an end to winter and a return of sunny days and the smell of stadium hot dogs. The St. Louis Cardinals enter the 2012 iteration of spring training looking to defend an unlikely championship, the result of a magical late-season run and one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Cards Launch Imaginary Museum; Reality Still Less Encouraging

    ​Way back when in the magical days of the early 2000s, when Busch Stadium III was still just a twinkle in the eye of Bill DeWitt, the Cardinals proposed a new development next to the proposed stadium. It was to be called Ballpark Village, and it was going to be glorious. The highlight of the ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    During Historic World Series, Henry Bollinger Shines Many Lights

    ​Henry Bollinger woke up at 5:30 a.m. last Friday and tried not to disturb his wife and two young boys. He stepped out into the early-morning chill of Oakville, Missouri, and drove north, stopping only for a cup of coffee on his way to Busch Stadium. Once there, he took the elevator two flight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Joe Buck Honors His Father with Game 6 Call

    Jack and Joe Buck call their respective Game 6's from Kidd Video on Vimeo.Twenty years ago, the late-great Jack Buck was doing the TV commentary for Game 6 of the 1991 World Series when Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins hit an 11th-inning home run to win the game and take the Atlanta Braves to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    An Apology to Jaime Garcia, And Then a Bunch of Criticism

    I'm sorry, Jaime. Really. Truly.​Dear Jaime, I am very, very sorry for ever doubting you. I'm sorry for thinking you a head case, for calling you a blow-up waiting to happen. I'm sorry I thought you were probably worn down after throwing close to 50 more innings this season than you ever had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    5 Keys to Cardinals' Game 3 Win in NLCS

    The rally towels were out in force last night.​Unlike Chris Carpenter's last start, when he carried the Cardinals in a 1-0 shutout over the Phillies to advance to the NLCS, the clubhouse ace would require a team effort last night. He got it in a big first inning of production from Redbird batters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Dan McLaughlin: Broadcaster's Fate Sealed After 2nd DWI Arrest

    ​Mark my words. Dan McLaughlin's career is finito in St. Louis. That's a shame. He was a decent broadcaster, but that's just the way it is. He will not survive his latest PR blunder, and he has no one to blame but himself.On Sunday night, the 37-year-old McLaughlin was arrested for driving under t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Cardinals Earn Dubious Distinction: Hit Into Most Double Plays in NL History

    ​Well, folks, it finally happened. The Cardinals last night wrote themselves into the record books. Regardless of whether the Redbirds squeak out a wild-card birth over the next two days, the 2011 season will live in infamy. Last night, en route to a soul-crushing 5-4 extra innings loss to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Pujols in Splint with Fractured Forearm; Won't Play For 4 to 6 Weeks

    In this advertisement photo, Pujols shows off his healthy left forearm.​Damn! Right after the Cardinals ended a seven-game slide by winning two in a row, the team announced today that Albert Pujols will miss four to six weeks with a fractured forearm. The first baseman suffered the injury to his l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Reviewing the Cardinals' Draft -- Rounds 6-10

    ​When we last saw our red-clad heroes, they were trapped deep in the bowels of the 2011 draft, having just attempted to extricate themselves with the help of a polished sinker-y righthander from Oregon State named Gaviglia. He was the first pitcher taken by the Redbirds, after a truly bizarre run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    So Much For That New, Loveable La Russa; Cardinals Manager Gets Pissy After Six Games

    How could this guy be such a jerk? ​When he re-signed with the Cardinals last October, Tony La Russa vowed to be more "loveable" in 2011 following criticism that he often acted like a haggard, old sourpuss when addressing the media -- especially during post-game interviews. Now, just six games int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2011

    Matt Holliday Lost to Appendicitis

    Holliday, moments before the appendectomy caught up with him. ​The 2011 baseball season is exactly one game old. So far, here's the good news: David Freese's ankles have yet to catch on fire, Colby Rasmus looked good in game one, and Albert Pujols should be significantly more affordable after a se ... More >>

  • News

    March 31, 2011
  • News

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Augenstein In, Salas Out As Cards Finalize the 'Pen

    Augenstein and his sidearm funk last saw the majors in 2009. ​The Cardinals made their roster official yesterday, as they announced Daniel Descalso and Bryan Augenstein will both make the club's Opening Day roster. Descalso will serve as a utility infielder, while Augenstein becomes the final righ ... 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

    October 26, 2010

    Cardinals Stuck in Routine: Rehire McGwire and Duncan for 2011

    Will leftover buns score runs next season? Ehh.​Meet the new bosses, same as the old bosses. So it shall be in the Cardinal clubhouse again in 2011, as the club has agreed on contracts with pretty much the entire coaching staff, including Dave Duncan and Mark McGwire, the only two anyone real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Skip Schumaker Nominated as Worst Player in Baseball

    commons.wikimedia.orgSchumaker, almost assuredly grounding out to the right side. ​Joe Posnanski, who every year hands out a Least Valuable Player award to the player who exemplifies the principles of failing to help their team in any measurable way, shape, or form, has unofficially nominated ten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Five Keys to the Cardinals' Second Half

    Hey, it's a key, it works. (Also a forgotten classic of power pop you should totally pick up if you ever see it like at a yard sale or something.) ​The second "half" of the baseball season kicks off for the Cardinals tonight (and I put "half" in quotes because technically we passed the halfw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Why We Should All Be Glad Matt Holliday Bombed

    commons.wikimedia.orgSee, even Pujols is happy with Holliday.​I have to admit, I was sort of rooting against Matt Holliday in last night's Home Run Derby. Not in a "I hope you fail because I hate you, you giant blocky-headed freak" kind of way, mind you. No, more in a "Please Jeebus, don't let thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Cardinals Offense: The One That Got Away

    Up yours, marlin. ​Well, at least the Reds lost too. Of course, the fact Cincinnati was unable to come back against the Braves just means the Cardinals missed a golden opportunity to retake their rightful place at the top of the NL Central. So maybe the Reds losing should go under the 'piling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    The Philadelphia Story: A Progress Report One Month In

    ​It was supposed to be the Cardinals' measuring stick for the young season, this trip to Philadelphia. Up until now the Cards had looked like the 700-pound red gorilla of old, stomping on opponents left and right and running up a big lead over the rest of a mediocre division. Going to Philly, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    The Redbird Relief Race Heading Into the Home Stretch

    Coming into spring training, the Cardinals only had a few real holes to fill. Well, perhaps not holes to fill, really, but at least decisions to make on how best to utilize their resources. Ryan Franklin and his awful beard will once again be closing games for the Cardinals this season. The res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    An Extension for El Piñata?

    Sure, he hasn't actually pitched like a piñata this year, but it's just too good a nickname to stop now. ​Apparently, Joel Piñeiro really wants to stick around with the Cardinals a while longer. He has reportedly told his agent to get a deal done that will keep him here if at all possible.&n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Welcome New Cardinal Tyler Greene

    Last night, the Cardinals saw yet another young man make his major league debut for the club. By my count, that's only four on the year, certainly not up to last year's cavalcade of kids standard, but the year is still young. Tyler Greene joined David Freese, P.J. Walters, and Colby Rasmus in m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    The Seven Brightest St. Louis Cardinals Prospects

    I don't want to jump all over a guy when he hits a walk-off anything, but honestly, could that have been a more pathetic swing? I'm pretty sure the commissioner's office is reviewing tape of Cesar Izturis' at-bat right now, trying to decide whether or not they can actually let a game be won on a hit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Minor Leagues: Cardinals Youngsters Show Promise

    Back before the season even started, I picked out seven players in the Cards' minor league system that I thought bore watching. Well, the minor league seasons are right about a third of the way through, and I thought the off-day would make a good opportunity to take a look at those players and see h ... More >>