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04 April 2008 @ 01:33 pm

During the Cards/Rockies game yesterday night a kid that couldn’t have been older than 8-9 managed to grab Brad Hawpe’s home run. Cards fans around — and nearly the whole stadium later — started yelling for the little boy to throw the ball back onto the field. Succumbing to the pressure applied by fellow Cards fans, the boy [smiling, I might add] walked over to the railing and dropped the ball back onto the field.

What are we? Cubs fans?

Cubs fans throw balls back into the ball parks, not Cardinals fans. There’s a distinct rule at Busch Stadium that goes a little something like this, folks:

Foul Balls/Home Runs
Guests are welcome to keep any foul ball or home run ball hit into the stands. At no time should a foul ball or home run ball be thrown back on the field.

I felt a little sickened that they pressured the little boy to throw the ball back into the park, seeing how happy he was to have caught a home run. However, not even an inning or two later there was a nice gesture made by a Cards fan who happened to catch Rick Ankiel’s hammer. He walked over to the little boy and gave him the ball. What a big consolation!

If we’re going to be labeled the “Best Fans in Baseball,” then act like it.

After all, I still thought it was a kid’s game.

 
 
TJ
04 April 2008 @ 01:32 pm

After two and a half games, I’m obliged to post a few thoughts about the Cards. Concise? Yes, but better than nothing. I’m trying to keep a little bit of activity going on my blog. I’ve been either too busy or too tired to keep it up over the last month. March was incredibly brutal. By the time I get my mind flowing with words readily coming out, I’m already too tired to keep up a post on here. So, I’m still going to post, just I’ll have to hold off on any major posts until I’ve been rested enough to thoroughly think.

So far, looks like the Cards’ rotation could be edgy this year. And by edgy, abstracted by its definition, I mean perverse as to what many think. Of course, after only two games one — like myself — could be over-the-top naive, but I like to make judgments on these guys after a couple of outings. I think the rotation could have success if they can stay consistent — though you can say that about several teams in the league — and persistently ‘decent,’ but when Carpenter and Mulder return (PLEASE: NOT RUSTY), I expect them to be a projectile bunch, y’know?

The good ol’ bullpen could be something special this year. My newest favorite no-namer [not actually a no-namer, just a kid that the Cardinals pick up from the minors that nobody has heard about besides us Cards fans] Kyle McClellan looks like something special. Again, I don’t say any IFs here — they can be a preeminent bunch if they avoid injuries at all costs. Call me a homer, but I’m just adding some substance to my thoughts.

Where are the runs going to come from? At the end of the day I expect Pujols to be forging most of the runs, but so far this year Yadier Molina looks like the most sharpened man of the lineup. He’s improved his batting stance, has a solid form and is in the perfect place to drive in runs. As for my prediction for them for the rest of the year: the offense should be scoring loads. Again, my naive predictions are driving me off the wall, but I get like this every baseball season. (Especially following the 2004 and 2005 seasons, wowzah — last year, for whatever reason, even though they were the defending champs, my expectations weren’t overbearing as usual.)

Rick Ankiel seems to have answered everybody’s questions that revolve around the curiosity of if he can be an every-day center fielder or not. I don’t see any flaws in his step out there. In fact, tonight he’s made a diving play and is getting that Cards’ uniform dirty, which is a good thing. This is guy like the Mike Vrabel of the MLB — he’s so damn versatile in the sense that he’s pitched, and now — compared to last year’s outburst of horde of hits — can bang the ball all over the ballpark. Catch my drift?

 
 
TJ
30 March 2008 @ 11:11 pm
The Atlanta Braves will win the World Series. . .
Mark Teixeira will win the NL MVP. . .
And for now, I don’t have a whole lot to back up my argument with those two statements.

But y’know what? In this concise, but thoughtful post brought to you by yours truly will indeed include some musings on the 2008 MLB season and why it very well could be one for the Tomahawk Chop gang in Atlanta.

The talk of the NL East this year is buzzing around the Phillies and the Mets, obviously. With the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins owning up to his division winning prediction in 2007, he’s delivering it again this year — and y’know what, the Phillies have garnered some more respect geared towards their club for the ‘08 year. The Mets,  having signed Johan Santana, are back into the NL hype mecca because of the said signing.

What does this mean? Internet debates — and debates everywhere amok –  between Phillies fans, Mets fans and baseball fans alike. Who will win the NL East? The Phils or the Metropolitans?

But what about the Atlanta Braves? These cats won the division year after year, and stalked their ground right up until the 2006 season. Why aren’t they even in — at least — the mix of the discussion. How come there isn’t more senseless banter including the Braves instead of ONLY the Mets and Phillies? Is it because the Braves are THAT incompetent? I don’t think so. It’s just the Mets and Phillies, as of late, have earned the right to stand atop their rightful echelons, while the Braves have faded the past two years.

 
 
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TJ
24 March 2008 @ 09:10 am
I'm freeeeeeeeeee. . . freeeeeeeeeeeeee fallllllllllin!

That's the way I feel about the current NCAA Tournament brackets. I'm terribly screwed from having a nice, shapely bracket. Sure, all my teams that I picked for the Final Four are STILL playing, but it doesn't mean a thing, because some upsets have already urinated on my four regions. I picked Davidson to steal the first game, but they even went on to win the game against Georgetown! I picked UConn to win, but they wailed themselves away. I had Butler beating Tennessee, and everyone thought I was crazy, but it took Tennessee an overtime to narrowly escape them by five points. I had Drake winning and being my upset team, but it seems like Western Kentucky (the team that beat them) is the bigger upset team than said Drake.

My Final Four is still in tact: Kansas, Texas, UCLA and Louisville, and I have UCLA winning the championship. Many people agree with me on three of those picks (KU, TX and UCLA) but question my mentality on Louisville. Can't blame 'em. Louisville had an up and down season. They played games where you didn't know what to expect would happen. They should have won the Big East, since they beat Georgetown one time around, but abruptly lost to them in the Big East championship game. I have them in the final four because I'm a fan of Rick Pitino, I'm a fan of David Padgett (the kid has surefire intensity by coming back from a surgery that would probably throw him off from making it to the NBA; by that you can really tell he loves playing college basketball), and the fact that they know how to compete -- it's that sometimes they seem to forget how to.
 
 
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TJ
24 March 2008 @ 09:09 am
Do you have a "catch phrase" for which you are known?
Sometimes. Sometimes not. I can almost (maybe definitely) do a spot on impersonation of my mom. She has silly things she says, and I convolute those said sayings, and then make my own -- TJ's homemade catch phrases.
 
 
 
TJ
What quality in your closest friend are you most envious of and why?
His writing ability. It's at a professional level. Though, he's studied quite a few creative writing courses over the past.
 
 
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