David Freese was great in high school, but did anyone foresee a World Series hero?When all is said and done, David Freese's performance in Game 6 of the World Series might go down as one of the greatest postseason performances of all time. At bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and down ... More >>
Albert Pujols has had plenty of game-changing moments on the baseball field. He's hit home runs in the biggest situations, as Brad Lidge can readily attest. He's come through time and time again when the Cardinals have needed a spark. You can debate all day long whether he'll be worth the contrac ... More >>
If you're surprised it was a double play that broke the Cardinals' collective back, then you just haven't been paying attention. The story of the season -- the historic number of double plays the Cards have grounded into this year -- popped up once again, killing an eighth inning bases loade ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgFernando Salas was just the first in a parade of lifesavers last night for the Redbirds, but may very well have been the most important.The Cardinals -- and their oft-maligned bullpen -- did the impossible last night. They beat Cliff Lee in the playoffs. It clearly wasn' ... More >>
An alert reader just emailed Daily RFT the following image of Ballpark Village taken today. Don't know about you, but I don't see in this photo the dazzling display of commercial, retail and residential space that the Cardinals ownership has promised to bring to the site the past five years. So, ... More >>
John H. TuckerDavis struck out only once last year.It's often said that the most difficult thing to do in all of sports is hit a round ball with a round bat. Think about it: Even if you fail seven out of ten times, you've still got a batting average high enough to land you in Cooperstown.
So ... More >>
Philadelphia Inquirer via DeadspinEarlier this year the Philadelphia Phillies awarded St. Louis native Ryan Howard with one of the most lucrative contracts in the game -- 5 years, $125 million. Unable to top that, the Phillies' AA affiliate in Reading, Pennsylvania, recently honored Howard with t ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.org"How much did you get? Wow, that's a lot of money, mang. So that means I should be worth like a billion dollars, right?" Ryan Howard, St. Louis native and current-hated first baseman for the always-hated Philadelphia Phillies, just signed himself a capital 'E' Enormous contra ... More >>
Image SourceA photo of Ryan Howard where he isn't playing baseball.Today, Philadelphia Phillies management cemented its commitment to first-baseman (and St. Louis area native) Ryan Howard with a $125
million, five-year contract, with a bonus structure that could
result in the slugger earning $1 ... More >>
Jeez, Tony, take a chill pill, will you? Give it a break. Smell the roses. Your rants and raves have grown old and tired.
At issue, of course, is Temperamental Tony's latest flameout, chronicled this morning in the Post-Dispatch by Cardinals beat writer Joe Strauss.
Tony La ... More >>
Could Ryan Howard be returning to his hometown of St. Louis? That's the speculation over at ESPN.com, where the sports network says the Philadelphia Phillies are discussing the possibility of swapping Howard for Pujols. The two first basemen are the same age and put up gaudy offensive numbers -- ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNear the end of 2006, a tempest boiled over in the local sports teapot when Albert Pujols, in an interview with reporters in his native Dominican Republic, opined that maybe he, and not Ryan Howard, was entitled to that season's Most Valuable Player award, by virtue of the fact t ... More >>
With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, I've had to decide what team I'm going to root for the rest of the playoffs. Sure, I could just watch the games impartially and enjoy the sport itself, but where's the fun in that? No, I'm one of those people who are always going to set up a team to root fo ... More >>
All right, I'll admit it. In spite of my disdain for the Home Run Derby, I was on the edge of my seat last night when Albert had to win a hit-off to advance to the second round. I just kept thinking, "You have to hit more than Joe Mauer, Albert. You just have to!" Nothing against Joe Mauer, of ... More >>
They're at it again.
On Monday, November 17, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced that Albert Pujols had won the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
The announcement was followed, of course, by a spirited round of bleating from the sports press -- who are, let ... More >>
Well, the writers got it right. Hallelujah.
And yet, even as I celebrate Albert Pujols winning his supremely deserved second MVP Award, I still just can't let go and simply be happy about the results.
Even thought Jack is wearing this shirt for Kobe, it's still pretty cool. I bet he's a Pujol ... More >>