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    October 17, 2012

    8 More Cringe-Inducing Fan-Made Songs About the St. Louis Cardinals

    Every sport has its fan-written songs, but in Major League Baseball today, it seems like no community seems to write as many as St. Louis Cardinals fans. And most of them are awful. See Also: - Cardinals World Series Fan Songs: A Remix, A Rally Squirrel And A Career High Point - A Whole New Ballga ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Kyle Lohse Lays It On the Line

    In just a little while now, the Cardinals will take on the San Francisco Giants in game three of the NLCS, with the series moving here to the heartland. The Redbirds have been brilliant in Busch Stadium this season, winning 50 games and, frankly, looking like a com ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Buy One Big Mac, Get One For 25 Cents On Cardinals' Game Days

    Miracles happen every day. The Cardinals are in the National League Championship Series, and on every game day, St. Louis area McDonald's locations are offering a deal on Big Macs. Presumably to give new meaning to "cardiac Cardinals." Including today, that's five opportunities to buy bargain-price ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Giant Spider Takes Over the Arch!

    BREAKING! A gigantic spider has ascended the Gateway Arch and is holding the downtown riverfront district hostage.

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    October 15, 2012

    Cards Hold On Against Giants; Take 1-0 NLCS Lead

    It went about as well as one could have possibly hoped for the Cardinals in game one of their National League Championship Series matchup against the San Francisco Giants. The offense broke through for a big chunk of runs against Madison Bumgarner, and the pitching staff flipped the expected script, ... More >>

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    October 14, 2012

    Previewing the Cardinals and Giants

    On Friday night, the Cardinals managed one of the greatest (if not the greatest), comeback in postseason baseball history, erasing a six run deficit en route to defeating the Washington Nationals. It was the largest deficit any team has ever overcome in the playoffs, and in typical Cardinal comeback ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Cardinals at Nationals in Game 5: The Showdown

    It all comes down to this. The Cardinals and the Washington Nationals are all knotted up at two games apiece in their National League Division Series matchup, with the deciding game to be played tonight. The Redbirds played one game for all the marbles a week ago, when they took on the Atlanta Brave ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    DC Flag Could Fly Over St. Louis City Hall; Mayors Bet on NLDS

    See this flag? It could be flying over St. Louis city hall next week should the Nationals beat the Cardinals in the National League Division Series. See also: AB-InBev Outraged Over World Series Bet Excluding Budweiser

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    October 8, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 30, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. Tony LaRussa! The 2011 World Series! Wooooooo! Is there an ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Can Cardinals Rebound in Game 2 of NLDS?

    After the Cardinals beat the Braves in the first-ever Wild Card slash play-in game, I kind of thought things might be falling into place for this team. Don't get me wrong; the Braves lost that game more than the Redbirds won it, going all 2006 Detroit Tigers and throwing away their chance to win lik ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    5 Things to Say to People So They Stop Talking About Baseball: #realtalk

    Sometimes a journalist has gotta say the things no one else will say. So here goes nothing. There are probably three people in the greater metropolitan region who like me, have no interest getting wrapped up in the whirlwind of disappointment that is serious Cardinalmania. But as we take on the Bra ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Game Preview: Cardinals at Braves, 5th October 2012

    The Cardinals and Braves will play in the first-ever single game Wild Card playoff this afternoon, with the season for each hanging in the balance. It's a strange situation for a baseball team, to be in a one game do or die showdown. Baseball is a game played in series, all year long. One game is ju ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Busch Stadium Named Cleanest in the U.S. by Disgusting Website

    Hooray! Busch Stadium, the home of our beloved Cards, has been named the cleanest stadium in America. But before we get to the accolades, a word about the judging entity. The website that rolled out the rankings is known as UFE.com a.k.a. Urine Feces Everywhere. It pontificates about the possibilit ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    The Cardinals Finally Clinch

    In the end, it probably happened the only way that made sense. The 2012 Cardinals are not about dramatic, thrilling victories, even if they occasionally pretend to be. The 2012 Cardinals are about letdowns at the biggest moments, and just being good enough overall to power through the heartbreak.&nb ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Tea Partiers Hold Flash Mob Outside Peabody Energy; Coal Co Kicks Supporters to the Curb

    If you were downtown yesterday evening you might've caught red-clad Cardinals fans headed to Busch Stadium, an especially brilliant sunset, and maybe a scant group of activists commemorating the one-year anniversary of Occupy St. Louis at Kiener Plaza. Also hard to miss was a surreal and sizable g ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    The Redbird Playoff Report: September 25, 2012

    I like to put up misleading headlines like the one above sometimes; the sort that make you think whatever random crap I'm about to spew out is part of some continuing, regular feature that maybe you've missed. Redbird Playoff Report? Is that a thing, like a series of columns he's done tracking the C ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Cards Finish Off Sweep of Astros; Gain Real Breathing Room

    It may not have been the prettiest game any of us have ever seen -- or the prettiest the Cardinals have played -- but it got the job done. The Cards finished off a three game sweep of the Houston Astros yesterday at Busch Stadium behind a shaky-but-effective Jaime Garcia pitching performance an ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Chris Carpenter Returns...Again

    It's been a long time coming, but it looks as if we're finally going to see Chris Carpenter take the mound for the Cardinals in 2012. In about...well, a little less than four hours, in fact. The Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon in Wrigley Field, and the man they call Carp is schedul ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    The Cards Come Home Looking for Some Breathing Room

    So, yeah, the Cardinals suck on the road. I mean, like, really suck. Like, dude, they suck. Seriously. By the way, yes, that English degree is totally paying off for me in a big way. Totally. Like, awesomely big time. My degree is as sweet as the Birds are suck on the road. See how I tied that ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    The Cards' Road Woes Continue

    Question: Why is Jaime Garcia so unpopular with hotel maids? Answer: Because he always shits the bed when he's on the road! Wakka wakka, and all that sort of thing. I'll be here all week, folks. (I really will be; I have nowhere else to go.) So in case you missed it, the Cardinals jus ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Lance Lynn Back In, At Least For Now

    The Cardinals needed someone to start today in place of the injured Jake Westbrook, who is currently out with a bit of an oblique thing. (That's a technical term, by the way. I apologize for using complicated jargon, but there's really no other way of putting it, unfortunately.) So Mike Matheny and ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Q&A with "Here is St. Louis" Filmmakers

    They say a picture's worth a thousand words. And high-res footage of our under-appreciated hometown set to music? Well sometimes there are no words, only love and wonder. Last week St. Louis transplants John Pa and Matt Seilback of Anastasis Films released a neat little video about the city they l ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The Nine Best Hotels in St. Louis

    The 2012 Best of St. Louis issue is fast approaching. Have you voted yet? Go do it now before it's too late! Have you finished debating the finer points of the 2011 issue? We haven't, hence this list. While researching contenders for a certain Best Of category last year, we realized our town has a h ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Reminder: Vote in the RFT Best of St. Louis Readers' Poll

    We know. It's a busy time of year. Summer's over, in practice if not in calendar fact. The Cardinals are in the playoff hunt. The kids are back in school. But, damn it, that doesn't absolve you of your duty to vote in the Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 Readers' Poll.

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    August 30, 2012

    Rock Bottom Redbirds

    The game last night has to be the low point of the season, right? I mean, it can't possibly get any worse. ...right? I wrote before the series began about the Cardinals having a huge opportunity in front of them, an opportunity to virtually bury one of the teams chasing them for the second ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    Yadier Molina Injured: Part of the Game or Cheap Shot?

    So a bad thing happened last night. No, not the Cards losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0. I mean, don't get me wrong; that was definitely a bad thing. The Cardinals coming out and laying such a magnificent egg in such a big game sucked in a big way, and the fact James McDonald apparently just owns ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Opportunity is Knocking; Will the Cards Answer?

    It is both obvious and cliched to say that any series this time of year is pivotal. After all, you get down to the end of August, and every single out of every game has potential implications, much less entire series. But after taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend (yay! ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    This Season Once Again Has Cubs Fans Pulling Out their Hair

    The Chicago Cubs are currently rocking a 47-76 record on their way to another losing season. And because schadenfreude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe, that's something that warms the heart-cockles of untold Cardinals fans. That's a scientific fact that is indisputable, at least h ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    The Cards Take Control of Their Destiny

    With their 4-2 win over the Houston Astros last night (and a little help from the San Diego Padres, who finished up a three game sweep of the Pirates earlier in the day), the Cardinals moved half a game ahead of Pittsburgh, into sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot. This ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    The Westbrook Report

    Hey, you know who's been really good lately -- actually, he's been pretty damned good for most of the season -- and I haven't given nearly enough credit to? Jake Westbrook, that's who. The reason I haven't given him much credit is simple: I still kind of don't believe in him. I know, I know; it ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Cards Shut Out Houston; Adam Wainwright Does a Thing (Again)

    What the Cardinals did last night was exactly what they needed to do. Now, if they can just remember that feeling and do that same thing a couple dozen more times, we might be in business. The Cards were playing the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball. Unfortunately, the Astros being the ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 19, 2012

    The Cards' Biggest Game of the Year?

    On Friday night, the Cardinals laid a real egg against the Pittsburgh Pirates, getting shut down by James McDonald and losing by the score of 2-1. It was an ugly showing for a club coming in to one of their biggest series of the year; the Cards did exactly what they couldn't afford to do and came ou ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Melky Cabrera Tests Positive, Suspended for the Season

    Melky Cabrera, left fielder for the San Francisco Giants and the beneficiary of an until-recently inexplicable surge in power despite playing in a hitter's graveyard this season, has tested positive for PED use and been suspended for 50 games under baseball's drug policy. Given there are but 44 ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Joe Kelly By the Numbers

    Joe Kelly's time as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals -- in 2012, at least -- may have come to an end last night. Jaime Garcia made a rehab start for Triple A Memphis last night, and if the Cardinals are happy with the way his arm responds to this latest outing, there is every indication he may ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    Cards Split With the Giants; Adam Wainwright Does a Thing

    Thank god for Adam Wainwright. I've said it before over the past four or five seasons, but I think it bears repeating now and again. Thank god for Adam Wainwright. It's been a great ride, watching Wainwright progress from hyped prospect (acquired in return for J.D. Drew way back in the 200 ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    History Repeating for The Cardinals?

    It was a good weekend for the Cardinals. Like, a really good weekend. A really really good weekend, in fact. They swept the Milwaukee Brewers, looking like a legitimate title contender for the first time in quite a while. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds played each other, with the Re ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    The Cards Keep Running in Place

    And just when things were looking so good, too. The first two games of the series against the Rockies, the Cardinals looked like a team ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum but forgot to bring any bubblegum. An offensive explosion good for 20 runs in two games had the Cards poised for a sweep i ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Cards Add a Bullpen Arm; Local Columnist Remains Unimpressed

    The Cardinals did manage to make a deal today, adding Edward Mujica, a right-handed reliever, to their bullpen stable. Mujica was acquired from the Miami Marlins in return for Zack Cox, the Cards' first-round draft pick back in 2010. The good about this deal: Mujica is a reliever, and the Cards ... More >>

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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 16, 2012

    The Cards Turn Back the Clock -- To 2003

    Hey, who here remembers the year 2003? Yeah, I sure do too. It was a magical time for our great nation; Coldplay had yet to become the source of shame they would later, Mitsubishi commercials simultaneously aroused us, irritated us, and kind of made us want to buy our girlfriends pink Kangol hats. N ... More >>

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    July 11, 2012

    The All-Star Game Goes the NL Way

    I wrote not too long ago about the San Francisco Giants' extraordinary presence at the All-Star Game, and how it was a perfect example of why the current format for baseball's midsummer classic is badly broken. Well, the game itself was played last night, and I have this to say: thank god that ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Trade Target Talkin': How Much for that Pitcher in the Window?

    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 >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Even Denver Fans See Kroenke Moving Rams to L.A.

    Sure, it's not a done deal -- yet. But each additional day that the Rams and St. Louis officials haggle over stadium renovations it seems more and more likely that owner Stan Kroenke will move the team back to Los Angeles. And it's not just the Chicken Littles in St. Louis who see the Rams departure ... More >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Another New Name for the Former Pujols 5 Westport Grill

    Oh, Albert. The Cardinals might have replaced your production thanks to Carlos Beltran's incredible season-to-date. Your brand, however, is proving a bit more problematic. Witness the latest news to come out of St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Bar & Grill (342 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights; 314-439 ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 3, 2012

    A Giant Problem With the All-Star Game

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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