Posted on: May 5, 2009 10:59 am

rough game

The thrill of front row seats at any event is always amazing.  that being said the game i saw last night was nothing for cardinal fans to cheer about.  the baseball highlight of the night was a grand slam for hometown boy Ryan Howard.  the Cardinals had a good offensive performance out of Joe Thurston with three doubles and the Cardinals only RBI.  The bullpen also looked pretty good surreneding zero runs and striking out 7.  so a few positives come out of a rough loss.
the story of the game, however, was Rick Ankiel's collision with the wall in left field.  It was horrible to see and of course they dont show the replay at the game so most fans had no idea how he was doing. Upon hearing this morning that all tests had come back negative and that he could return as early as the end of the weak i was completely relieved.  that looked like it could have been horrible and career ending. Not sure how the situation unfolded in the field, but Ankiel hit the wall pretty much in the middle of left field.  i am sure the ball was tailing in that direction, but from my seat it looked like Duncan could have had a better play on the ball if he would have gotten a good read.  Then again, Ankiel probably called him off because he knew better. 
on a down side niether my brothers nor myself captured any foul balls although we were in a primo location.  in fact, my brother's friend(a cordial invite after my other brother could not make it) caught one ball durring BP and another foul ball durring the game.  i actually thought that he would be nice, return the favor for the ticket, and give my 14-year-old brother one of the balls.  nope.  he didnt have a clue.  i would like to think that, at 19 years old, i would have done the right thing, but who knows.  BOO for my brothers friend.
Also, there were a number of fans in the bleecher seats snapping photos of the saga in left field.  While the Cardinals gathered around their fallen teammate, fans were taking advantage of the situation and getting some pics.  poor form STL fans.  in a city that is usually known for its good sports fans and sportsmanship that was definately a down point for me. 
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 4, 2009 1:54 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2009 1:55 pm

front row seats

I was a little disapointed to see the birds drop a 6-1 loss to the Nats on Saturday.  i dont expect my team to sweep everyone, but i didnt really think we would lose to washington.  then we had the rainout and probably wont play that game unless it has playoff inplications. 
Tonight i get to see the Phillies-cards in person with front row seats. hoping to get down early enough to catch some bp.  should be a good matchup.  im hoping loshe has a great outing and it is always good to see a couple homers. 
Category: MLB
Tags: cardinals
Posted on: May 1, 2009 12:41 pm

BB's, K's and a W

Before i get on my rant i have a few disclaimers:
i dont like to use capital letters
my spelling isnt too bad, so dont judge me for my spelling mistakes. chances are you will get the point. anyway, people who comment on grammer and spelling in reply to blogs and posts are the people who dont have anything intelligent to say.
finally, i LISTEN to most cardinal games.  i prefer the radio play-by-play guys and the follow up show much more than the TV broadcast so my blog may be a little skewed that way and will probably include many "shannonisms"

Yesterday afternoon i wrote a post about how i couldnt be anything but happy about the Cardinals month of April.  for the most part this still holds true.  but last night scared me.  certain things started to creap up and i am praying that it was not foreshadowing.  first things first: injuries.  we are getting hit in some tough spots.  first glaus and now greene and ryan.  not that the guys at third base have been doing a bad job, but they are no Troy Glaus. it is always good to see a young guy come up and make his mlb debut, but not at the cost of loosing two ss's.  kudos to tyler green for getting your first hit, but i want my starting ss back.  its amazing that we have 6+ OF's and none of them get hurt, but we loose 2 ss's and a 3b.

Secondly, i dont want to hear anyone else bitch about Khalil Greene, or Spicoli as i like to call him.  lots of people are disapointed that he isnt hitting at well as he did in spring training(because OBVIOUSLY everyone else does) and i have even heard people question his glove. hold the phone.  in my opinion it is classic STL treatment.  We get a solid, not superstar, player that doesnt hit a ton of home runs, hits a high 200 BA, but not 300, and is a good defensive player and we expect him to be the second comming of Albert Pujols. Next thing you know the fans are calling for his head on a platter. i have seen it a dozen times. dont get me wrong, i blame the cardinals owners partially for always getting these types of players and never getting us a real superstar in the offseason.  but for pete's sake, cut the kid some slack.

Finally, about last nights game. It was fun to see a suspensful game that kept me watching, though it was hard to watch.  if it wasnt the fact tha the Nationals embarrass them it was the fact that we werent kicking this team all over the field. in the end we found a way to win, which is always the main goal because they all look the same in the book.  i just that it shouldnt have taken a 4 run late inning and 11 free passes handed out. 

Outside of that i am still happy with the redbirds, hell they have one of the best records in baseball, they are fairly under the radar, and they have a lot of talent.  our starting pitching has been amazing, lets just see if that lasts. 
Category: MLB
Tags: Cardinals
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