The St. Louis Cardinals have the most loyal fans in baseball, according to a new report from a customer loyalty consultancy firm. Brand Keys analyzed each Major League Baseball team's fan base and ranked them according to its "sports fan loyalty index." St. Louis tops the list for the first time ev ... More >>
Aaron Goldsmith, who grew up in St. Louis, is the Seattle Mariners' first full-time radio announcer hire since legendary caller Dave Niehaus, who passed away at age 75 in 2010. Goldsmith, at the young age of 29, has secured the incredibly sought-after job after six seasons of working his way throu ... More >>
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 >>
This was the Mariners' bullpen car in 1982, back when baseball still had cool things like bullpen cars. No, this isn't really related to the Cards' current bullpen, but I've been waiting to use this picture forever. The most improbable postseason run I can ever recall isn't ready to end just y ... More >>
Niehaus. You remember several years back, when the whole satellite radio thing was just starting up? XM and Sirius were still separate companies and David Bowie fell out of the sky. It was a crazy time. Well, I happened to be one of the earliest adopters of satellite radio, but not because I ... More >>
Just in case you hadn't heard (and it wouldn't much surprise me if you hadn't, to be honest), the Cardinals are holding a Social Media Night on the 18th of September. They're making kind of a production of it, too, with a big panel of experts who are going to discuss their own experiences with ... More >>
A bad idea, but way more fun than these others. Okay, so I know things aren't great around here in Cardinal country just right now. The team is scuffling, the injuries are piling up, and we're all still a little peeved over Ryan Ludwick being traded. And I also know, given the time of year, that ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgSo I'm watching the Cardinals play, suffering through watching Jeff Suppan pitch, and it got me thinking about who the Cards might be able to get to replace him. Now, it's not that Suppan has actually been all that bad since returning to us; he's certainly been better th ... More >>
Image sourceWouldn't Cliff Lee look nice in Cardinal red?In case you haven't been paying attention these past three games, the Mariners stink.It's a special kind of stink too. They run into outs on the bases, commit costly errors, blow saves and generally suck at hitting. Just think of an ugly wa ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgAdmit it. That's a creepy effing mascot. The Cardinals travel to San Diego tonight to begin a series against the surprising Padres, who sit atop the NL West. Looking over at the other dugout, the Cards just may see a mirror image of themselves, a team succeeding mostly on ... More >>
"Kit and I sometimes have trouble staying awake during those boring intelligence briefings."Seems everyone is asleep at the wheel these days. Oh well, these are troubled and tiring times, after all. We could all use a good nap. Take Ken Griffey Jr., for one. The Seattle Mariner's ce ... More >>
This one's for Keegan: Courtesy of 5 Score Pachyderm, here's footage of Death Cab for Cutie at the Seattle Mariners' home opener playing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and -- awesomely -- John Fogerty's "Centerfield." (Except when the guitar goes off track. Oops.) Love the customized jerseys!
Gotta Be Karim in a controversial fitted cap.The Mariners are my team. I grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr crash into walls at the Kingdome, I imitate Ichiro's batting stance at Tower Tee and, as much as it pains me to say it during the Cardinals' opening homestand, Seattle's Safeco Field is far an ... More >>
According to SeatGeek.com, a website which compiles data on the costs of tickets for various sporting and music events in the secondary market, the St. Louis Cardinals' overall ticket prices are up 24 percent going into 2010 over the second-half of last year. This should come as no surprise, ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAs miserable as the past seven days have been in the St. Louis sporting world, local fans can take solace in the fact that it could be a hell of a lot worse.Take Seattle and their unfathomably depressing 2008: the Mariners lost 101 games, the Seahawks went 4-12, the once-proud Un ... More >>
uploaded by Uncle Pilot to the RFT Flickr PoolTechnically as of last night, we're about to wrap up just the sixth coolest July on record. That doesn't mean it wasn't the coolest, though. The lowest average temperature in July came in 1961 and 1891, when it was typically a balmy 74.9 degrees. Here ... More >>
Though it's unlikely Ichiro Suzuki combed through last week's Riverfront Times Guide to the All-Star Game, the Seattle Mariners star did visit one prominent spot on Ian Froeb's fact-packed (if controversial) "Inside Baseball: A tour of St. Louis landmarks, from the famous to the infamous (and everyt ... More >>
sbnation.comIn his "Five Minutes" column today, the local daily's Bernie Miklasz offers up a few ideas on how the Cardinals could improve at the hot corner. The big man does a pretty stellar of job analyzing the stats behind a few trade prospects, including calling out the Coors-inflated numbers of ... More >>
blogs.seattleweekly.comThat's the line one of the best baseball writers on the planet, the Seattle Times' Larry Stone, uses to talk up the intelligence of the animal rights activist formerly known as Cards manager Tony La Russa in his always-hilarious "Power Rankings" column.Stone happens to think p ... More >>
Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies, was found unconscious earlier today in the Washington Nationals' broadcast booth, where he was preparing to work the Nats-Phillies game. He was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away. Cause of death is as yet unknown. The death of ... More >>
In the second installment of my look at Cardinal fans from around the globe, I spoke to Mike Wilkinson. Mike is an old friend of the family, originally from St. Louis, who lives out west now. He was nice enough to speak with me on the phone this past week from his home. The good stuff, thank him. A ... More >>
Or, well, at least, he has a pain in the ass. What sort of picture were you expecting?Okay, so it isn't quite as good as Kaz Matsui's time on the DL last year to recover from an anal fissure (good from the perspective of making for excellent sports writing fodder; I assume that actually having ... 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 >>
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The St. Louis Cardinals want your money for their $370 million ballpark. But before the game begins, somebody needs to reshuffle the deck.