You might remember Chris Perez from his time here in St. Louis as a young fireballing reliever with shaky-at-best control. Or, you might remember him as the guy who was traded away for Mark DeRosa. (An ill-fated deal if ever there has been one; DeRosa got hurt and contributed virtually nothing for t ... 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.orgMark McGwire is one of five coaches from Tony La Russa's 2011 staff who will return next season under new manager Mike Matheny.The Cardinals announced their full coaching staff for next season yesterday, putting to paper the group who will support Mike Matheny as he takes ove ... More >>
Walking into Moneyball, it's hard not to anticipate the stereotypical baseball movie: chewing tobacco, player enlightenment, inspirational pep talks from the coach before the big game, maybe even some angels in the outfield. But above all, you expect a show, a tense series of games that eventually r ... 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 >>
Goodbye, Brendan Ryan. Hello, Gerald Laird. commons.wikimedia.orgGoodbye, high socks, goodbye, fun. So this is what building a winner looks like? This is what a championship-caliber team feels like? Interesting. I always thought winning would feel good. I always kind of pictured the fee ... 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.
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 >>
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 >>
Remember Jose Canseco's allegation in his book "Juiced" that he and Mark McGwire shot each other with steroids in the locker room stalls in Oakland? During his steroid confession Monday night to Bob Costas, McGwire denied the claim, saying that Canseco made up the story to help sell his book. Yes ... More >>
Mark McGwire admitted today that he used steroids throughout much of his career with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. The statement came a week after Cardinals manager Tony La Russa stated publicly that McGwire needed to discuss steroid allegations prior to stepping in as the team's ... More >>
Russ Springer was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays just the other day, and I can't help but wonder if the Cardinals didn't miss an opportunity by not putting in a claim of their own. Springer, you'll remember, spent both the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the Cardinals, pitching remarkably ... More >>
RamirezI would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the reception of one Manfred Ramirez. (I wish his name really were Manfred. That would be awesome.) Manny was, of course, quite roundly booed every time up in last night's game between the Cardinals and Dodgers, and really, I don't think anyon ... More >>
Unreal's not the first to have cogitated upon this aspect of the Matt Holliday-to-the-Cardinals trade, but we're going on the record anyway.Holliday needs a mustache, and we're hereby casting our vote for the "Rollie Fingers": Something about that A's uniform makes it a perfect fit.
There are five really good reasons why the Cubs are going to win the NL Central in '09, and there are five pretty good reasons why they won't. There are 100 reasons why this guy shouldn't be wearing that jersey.The Cardinals are in full free-fall mode, having just been swept by the Milwaukee Brewers ... More >>
The fallout from the suspension of Manny Ramirez is coming hard and fast now.
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 >>
Baseball blogs make a successful pitch for legitimacy.
Week of April 20, 2006
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 visits a holistic beauty shop, discovers the synergy between consulting groups and Playboy Playmates and checks out a local blogger's anti-Valentine's Day party. Plus: Was it really just the Milky Ways, Willie?
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
A top-secret squad of "Shadow Cardinals" improves with age at a remote training center in Kansas
Two Redbirds and a bunch of other big-leaguers throw the sports-activism debate a curveball
Tony La Russa
Whitey Herzog takes a vicious swing at money-driven modern baseball, where only the wealthy win -- and the fans always lose
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