Chris Carpenter is done for the season. The man be gone, and the man ain't be comin' back. Not in 2012 for sure, and maybe not never no more. Given this grammatically poor but factually accurate state of affairs, the Cardinals' pitching situation looks...well, it looks pretty ugly, to tell you ... More >>
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 >>
commons.wikimedia.orgThe latest scuttlebutt all over the baseball trade landscape has Dan O'Dowd, manager of the Colorado Rockies, shopping his young ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Unsurprisingly, the Yankees have been mentioned prominently, along with pretty much every other big-time contending team with a ... More >>
Walt Jocketty in his days at GM of the Cardinals.The Cincinnati Reds welcome the Cardinals into town this weekend for what is, to this point, probably the biggest series of the season for both clubs. The series in Philadelphia was the one I had been looking to as the big test for the Cards e ... More >>
Well, at least I had Duke. I suppose one could put that squarely in the Good News column. Kind of sparse column, but not entirely empty. The Bad News column, on the other hand, that bitch is full. Overflowing, even. Going into the NCAA Tournament this year, I felt really, really good ab ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgSo it seems Mark Mulder's career has finally come to an end. He announced his retirement just- What? He's not retiring? Oh. Huh. Well, then. Okay, hmm. Let's see, how do we fix this? Got it. Mark Mulder has announced he's maybe thinking about retirement, e ... More >>
So on this last day of the decade, I had myself a thought. "Aaron," I thought, "You should really try to do some sort of decade-long wrap for St. Louis sports." "You know what, Aaron? That's an excellent idea!" I paused for a moment, considering the notion further. "Now why didn't I think of ... More >>
squidworks.comTotally off-topic, but you should really check out this comic. It's pretty great. So apparently now the Cardinals are interested in possibly procuring the services of Chien-Ming Wang, late of the New York Yankees, to help fill in the back end of their 2010 rotation. Aside from ... More >>
The Cardinals have had many, many great hitting pitchers in their long and illustrious history. Bob Gibson hit 24 home runs in his career and posted a .751 OPS in 1970. Mark Mulder was a designated hitter during his college career at Michigan State, as was Dan Haren at Pepperdine. Jason Marquis is a ... More >>
Well, okay, so maybe my title is overselling things a little bit. Maybe Smoltzy making his first start in the home white unis with the Birds on the Bat isn't the biggest story this team will produce this century. Still, it's a pretty momentous occasion, when a future Hall of Famer like John Smolt ... More >>
Via shgmom56/FlickrBrad Thompson in 2008.Okay. the verdict is in. We finally have an answer. After much debate, much discussion, and a fair bit of research which made me question my sanity, as well as whether or not the word option actually existed in baseball, the answer finally came from the ... More >>
UPDATE: More comments from Chuck Brownson, a blogger at Viva El Birdos, are at the bottom of this post.In July 2007 I wrote an article for the RFT about the increasing influence that statistically-minded baseball blogs were starting to have on the day-to-day operations of the teams they cover. In ad ... More >>
Well, when things finally decide to happen, they do so in a hurry, don't they? First things first: Trever Miller. Can I just tell you all that when I heard the Cardinals finally came to terms with Miller, my heart offered up a great and glorious hosanna to the heavens above? "At last," I thought, " ... More >>
Unreal gets liquored up and starts demanding tasteless jokes. And in unrelated news, we talk teen sex with a Seattle sexologist and check out the locker room at the new Busch.
David Sedaris' publicist asks Unreal to bend the space-time continuum. Plus: the blog of a former Cards hurler, and an obituary for Jim Igoe, the Delmar Poet.
Unreal meets a guy who's Optimistic about Iraq, laments the banning of ephedra and listens in on an argument between sports columnists; plus we help you (yes, you!) enter the P-D essay contest