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 >>
The rosters for the Major League All-Star Game were announced yesterday, and the Cardinals did pretty well for themselves. Rafael Furcal made it in as the starter at shortstop for the National League, Yadier Molina is going as the backup catcher, and Lance Lynn was selected to join the pitching staf ... More >>
The Kansas City Royals not only lost their weekend series against the Pirates, they gave up a little dignity as well.
During his interview with Fox at the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday, pitcher Bruce Chen was being mocked in the background by his fellow teammates. It was mostly harmless h ... More >>
The "St. Louis Dog" is this year's signature item at the Food Network's concession stand at Busch Stadium, a quarter-pound, all-beef hot dog topped with barbecue sauce, shredded Provel cheese and crumbled Red Hot Riplets. When Gut Check sampled the "St. Louis Dog" last month, we weren't impressed, e ... 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 >>
Doug Melvin is the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Milwaukee Brewers are a baseball team in the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers have had a rather heated rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals the last couple of years. The Milwaukee Brewers played the Cardinals in ... More >>
Chad Garrison's disappointment notwithstanding (tee-hee), the news of the Cardinals and Jaime Garcia reaching an agreement on a four-year contract extension should come as music to any Redbird fan's earholes. Locking up their most talented pitcher (and yes, I say that including Adam Wainwright in ... More >>
Sorry, but there's no way I'm ever going to acknowledge Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Just not happening. With Albert Pujols officially coming off the disabled list on Tuesday, so far ahead of schedule we should probably all be looking for claws coming out of his hands (It's a Wolverine joke, folks. ... More >>
Okay, so maybe everyone was just scared to go tell Carp his night was over. So Chris Carpenter was, all in all, pretty brilliant last night. He shut the Orioles down, giving them just one run on seven hits and a walk, threw a complete game, and earned himself his third win of the season. Not a ba ... More >>
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 >>
Would you all care to join me in some mild hyperventilating in honor of Carlos? Last night, Carlos Martinez brought his talents to south city (just give me a break on the actual boundaries of south city, alright?), as the Quad City River Bandits took on the Royals' Low-A affiliate, the Kane Count ... More >>
Possibly my favourite finger-related photo, and one I'll take any excuse to use. Yesterday, as the Cardinals were doing their damnedest to drive up sales of antacids while very gradually winning a game against the Kansas City Royals, they may very well have suffered a much larger loss than anyone ... More >>
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 >>
Bill DeWitt Jr. as depicted in a 2001 RFT cover story.It's the Cardinals home opener this afternoon, and if the team's owner Bill DeWitt Jr. were to give a speech today, one suspects it would begin: "The state of Redbird Nation is strong." The Cardinals have won their first two series on th ... More >>
Yesterday on Cherokee, neighboring shops -- Binge & Purge and Apop Records -- hosted bands and barbecue, for an end-of-summer party. Pat Sajak Assassins, The Fins, Suburban Smash, Medical Tourists, Maximum Effort, God Fodder, Cardiac Arrest, Kansas City's Dark Ages and Lester Shy and The Shyphon ... More >>
The blanket of humidity over Kiener Plaza on Monday -- whose idea was it to have the press conference outside? -- didn't seem to deter the mood of media and baseball officials touting Sheryl's Crow's free concert planned for the All-Star Weekend.
Photo: Nick Lucchesi
Sheryl Crow on June 22, t ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/adohnes"It's not like catching the chickenpox. There has to be a history."
So says Dr. Allan Lans regarding social anxiety disorder and this season's toll of ballplayers said to be suffering from it, a list that includes St. Louis' introspective shortstop Khalil G ... More >>
After seeing Jim Calhoun, men's basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, lay into a reporter who asked him about giving back a portion of his salary to help and offset the state's budget shortfall (Calhoun is, in fact, the highest paid state employee in Connecticut), I found myself thinkin ... More >>