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Two Men Enter, But Which One Leaves?

Yesterday's game was billed as the deciding factor for the fifth starter slot.  Joe Kelly would start the game, Shelby Miller would come in afterwards, and we'd all get a good idea of who was going to take the last...  [Posted on March 15, 2013 6:59 AM]


Stan Musial At 92: Still The Man

As you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  Many of us will gather around tables with family and friends, pausing to give thanks for all that we have.  If you are a Cardinal fan, when your head is bowed, likely a passing...  [Posted on November 21, 2012 7:35 AM]


The Legend of Matt Adams

Our good friends at Pitchers Hit Eighth have been on this bandwagon for quite some time, but yesterday, Matt Adams no doubt added a few more to that group.In the sixth inning, trailing by three but with the bases loaded,...  [Posted on March 7, 2012 7:01 AM]


New Bird In Camp

While he didn't make it to the actual workout yesterday, Carlos Beltran is now in Cardinals camp.  I'm not sure we ever thought we'd say those words!  It's like inviting the fox to hang out in the henhouse.  The...  [Posted on February 23, 2012 7:01 AM]


The Monday Before "Pitchers And Catchers Report"

Looking out my window, the snow--our first one of the year--is coming down.  It's hard to believe that the true start of spring happens this weekend.  (It won't be in a couple of days, when it hits 60 again.  Weather...  [Posted on February 13, 2012 12:00 PM]


UCB January Project: Top 5 Iconic Moments

Before we take on the latest of the United Cardinal Blogger projects, it seems to me that we have to define the terms of what we are looking for.  What does the dictionary say about iconic, for instance?Iconic (adj):...  [Posted on January 26, 2012 1:30 PM]


The State of Cardinal Nation, 2012

Ladies, gentlemen, fellow Redbird fanatics:Last night was the annual State of the Union address, given from the White House in Washington.  It was an (inspiring/depressing) speech, full of (uplifting messages/political malarkey) but it didn't address a major point of life in...  [Posted on January 25, 2012 6:51 AM]


Cardinal Nation Meets National Capitol

You can definitely turn the page on 2011 now.  The final coda has been completed with the Cardinals making the traditional trip to Washington to meet the president.Personally, I'm not a fan of this administration but for the second time...  [Posted on January 18, 2012 7:59 AM]


John Mozeliak: Man of the People

One would think a man who manages a $110 million payroll and just won perhaps the most improbable World Series Championship in history would be a bit cold...calculating...cautious.Not so with John Mozeliak. The man recently named "Executive of the Year"...  [Posted on January 15, 2012 9:10 AM]


UCB Project: Top 5 Cardinal Stories Of 2011

Every December, the United Cardinal Bloggers mark the end of another year with a look back at the top five stories that happened during this season.  As always, you'll be able to find links to all the various posts over...  [Posted on December 29, 2011 10:15 PM]


A Cardinal Christmas Carol, Revisited

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Mozeliak."John Mozeliak, the current general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, turned toward his door.  He'd been standing at his window, staring out and thinking.  Seems like he'd been doing a lot of that this week."Merry Christmas,...  [Posted on December 15, 2011 11:45 PM]


Putting A Bow On It

I promise, I'm not going to harp on Albert Pujols from now until the beginning of the season.  Odds are, this will be one of the last entries on him, but since he was introduced this weekend as an Anaheim...  [Posted on December 12, 2011 7:01 AM]


AP Now Stands For After Pujols

First off, I want to thank everyone who stopped by and read yesterday's post.  It was the most traffic I'd had in a long time, and topped my big spike in November, when visitors came to read why Albert...  [Posted on December 9, 2011 7:56 AM]


Devastation

There are going to be those that say good riddance.  I am not going to be one of those.There are going to be those that say it's best for the team.  I am not going to be one of those.There are...  [Posted on December 8, 2011 10:08 AM]


Hot Stove Stoked On Pujols Rumors

When I went to bed last night, I was feeling fairly good about the Cardinals and their talks with Albert Pujols.  I mean, they had an hour-long meeting with Dan Lozano and things looked to be moving in the...  [Posted on December 6, 2011 7:24 AM]


We Wish You A Cardinal Christmas

If it's Christmas time, that often means that some sort of holiday-themed parody is coming to this site.  I've done Twas The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol, so what's left?  That's right, it's time for some of the...  [Posted on December 1, 2011 2:40 PM]


Keeping In Practice

They say that you should write often if you want to stay in the habit, even when there's nothing to write about.  Right now (no pun intended), that seems to fit the news coming out of St. Louis.Before I get...  [Posted on November 29, 2011 7:10 AM]


Various Cardinal Items

Of course, it's a slow news cycle, as people start to get ready for the holidays.  However, that doesn't mean that the papers/internet are completely barren.One of the more distressing topics came to light yesterday.  Deadspin published a very unflattering...  [Posted on November 23, 2011 10:49 AM]


Happy Birthday To The Man

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News Both Actual And Rumor

There were a couple of big pieces of Cardinal news yesterday.  One of them came with a press conference, one of them was passed around Twitter.  Odds are the latter wasn't actually news, but it is what counts for it...  [Posted on November 17, 2011 6:53 AM]


Book Review: Wild Cards

Someone has to be first.As the story of the 2011 Cardinals unfolded, you knew that it was going to spawn numerous books.  I even said a few times on the various podcasts that the comeback that the Cards needed...  [Posted on November 15, 2011 9:50 PM]


"A Small Bit of Churn"

Mike Matheny was introduced as the new Cardinals manager yesterday to rave reviews.  We've talked a good bit about Matheny and there wasn't much new that came out of yesterday's press conference, except maybe the fact that Matheny may be...  [Posted on November 15, 2011 6:34 AM]


In Mo We Trust

The person probably at the bottom of most lists when this managerial search started was at the top of the only list that mattered.  This morning, at 11 Central Time, Mike Matheny will be announced as the next manager of...  [Posted on November 14, 2011 9:25 AM]


2011 Cardinal Blogger Awards Ballot

As you know, the Cardinals have now named Mike Matheny as the next manager of the team.  I'll have much more on that in the morning, but while I had some time, I wanted to make sure I got in...  [Posted on November 13, 2011 11:08 PM]


And Then There Were Six

The title is a bit misleading, of course.  There have always been six candidates for the Cardinals' open managerial slot.  Now, however, all six of them have interviewed.  Are we any closer to getting a top guy?I'm sure the Cardinal...  [Posted on November 10, 2011 6:32 AM]


Why Albert Pujols Will Stay In St. Louis

We heard it a lot.  At the end of September and during every playoff series, we heard "this could be the last time Albert Pujols has an at-bat in a Cardinal uniform," sometimes tweaked with the last home appearance.  So...  [Posted on November 2, 2011 7:22 PM]


"It Just Feels Like It's Time"

Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe press conference just ended.  There will be links and stories throughout the internet soon (and, as long as it has taken me to write this, many are now up).  Most of Cardinal Nation already...  [Posted on October 31, 2011 12:26 PM]


World Series Champions

Most every morning, I get my Cardinal glass out of the cupboard for the daily glass of orange juice.  If it's not a work day, I'm usually putting on one of my 20 or so different Cardinal shirts.  If it...  [Posted on October 31, 2011 6:51 AM]


This Fairy Tale Still Has A Chapter

In 2004, the Cardinals trailed the Houston Astros three games to two in the National League Championship Series.  It was a tight affair that went into extra innings, before Jim Edmonds gave the franchise one of its iconic moments, smashing...  [Posted on October 28, 2011 8:29 AM]


Once More Into The Breach

While it may have not been the driest rainout in history (not being in St. Louis, I'm not sure what the weather actually did, but I know that at least earlier in the evening, there wasn't much coming down),...  [Posted on October 27, 2011 6:47 AM]


Winter Is Coming

I started Monday off with a dead battery in my car.  I ended Monday with a dead battery in my team.After Game 3, Cardinal fans were riding high.  Albert Pujols had a career--make that historic--night and things were looking...  [Posted on October 25, 2011 7:13 AM]


Dying Quail Kills Cardinals

TS Eliot had it right.  The world didn't end last night, but the Rangers definitely didn't end the game with a blast.  Unfortunately, they didn't have to.There's a lot of focus on Albert Pujols this morning and him deflecting...  [Posted on October 21, 2011 9:00 AM]


Here. We. Go.

The Texas Rangers lost 66 games this season.The Texas Rangers have lost three games this postseason, only one of which was pitched by Justin Verlander, and even in that game he wasn't the Verlander we saw all season long.The...  [Posted on October 19, 2011 6:34 AM]


We WON'T See You Tomorrow Night

The St. Louis Cardinals are the National League Champions.What else is there to say?  I mean, write this script in Hollywood and while it'd make a fun movie, with tortoises and catch phrases and squirrels and the link, it's...  [Posted on October 17, 2011 6:37 AM]


Tipping Point?

You know, the thing about baseball is it is amazing how quickly things change.  Batter ahead 3-0?  How often does it then work to 3-2 with a strikeout?  Score four in the first?  Before you know it the other...  [Posted on October 14, 2011 9:58 AM]


Halfway Home

If you are Chris Carpenter, at least you know just exactly what the offense is going to give you before you get too far into the game.For the second consecutive Carpenter start, the Cards scored all of their runs...  [Posted on October 13, 2011 6:34 AM]


Cardinals: Momentum Killers

I wrote back in August, after an Edwin Jackson start in Milwaukee even, that the Cardinals had no concept of momentum.  Thankfully, in some ways they still don't.The Cardinals--and more directly, Albert Pujols--made sure to stop Milwaukee's momentum before...  [Posted on October 11, 2011 6:36 AM]


Well, It's Worked Before

The Cardinals opened the series by getting a three-run lead but blowing it, scoring six runs but losing the ballgame, and leave Game 1 down 1-0 on the road.Haven't we been here before?There were a lot of similarities between the...  [Posted on October 10, 2011 6:55 AM]


Operation: Squash the Plush

After a season of discussion about how the NL East was the best division and how weak the NL Central is, for the third time in the last eight years, two NL Central teams meet up in the NLCS,...  [Posted on October 8, 2011 10:11 AM]


Know Your Enemy

I will have more to say about Game 1 of the NLDS either tomorrow or Monday, but for right now I want to bring you a chance to learn about the Phillies from a person that follows them.  Max...  [Posted on October 2, 2011 12:00 AM]


Looking At The NLDS

The aftermath of Wednesday's excitement is still being felt.  Granted, not much on the major networks, as they seem to be pretty focused on some team from the Northeast having some sort of failure.  (I don't know, it's the American...  [Posted on September 30, 2011 10:11 AM]


A Wild, Wild, Wild Night

Luke's X-Wing has sunk into the swamp and Yoda asks him to lift it out.  LUKE: OK, I'll try. YODA: No. Do or do not. There is no try. Luke attempts to bring it out, but is unsuccessful. LUKE: You ask the...  [Posted on September 29, 2011 7:05 AM]


Tied For First

It's a phrase that Tony La Russa likes to use a lot.  He may not want to say that Player A is the best, but he'll say he's "tied for first."  Personally, if there's anyone out there that wants to...  [Posted on September 28, 2011 6:34 AM]


A Crushing Blow

The Atlanta Braves keep trying to give the wild card away.  The St. Louis Cardinals just won't take it.Knowing that Philadelphia had already disposed of the Braves, the Cards rallied late in the game, but were unable to win...  [Posted on September 27, 2011 6:31 AM]


Happy Flight

I probably should give up on the whole making proclamations thing.  Every time I go to write the Cardinals off, they (and the Braves) give us a new reason to believe.Let's talk about Saturday's wild game first.  Watching that...  [Posted on September 26, 2011 6:29 AM]


Requiem For A Season

If the Cards were going to lose, it almost seems fitting that they put all of the tropes of this season into one package.You want a good starting performance backed up by a sputtering offense?  Chris Carpenter went out...  [Posted on September 24, 2011 9:18 AM]


Sucker Punch

Before we get started, if you are looking for the Chicago YNOT, it's below.  If you've not played before, go ahead and give it a shot!Of course, just about anything is preferable to talking about yesterday's game.  I think...  [Posted on September 23, 2011 10:03 AM]


Could It Be?

On August 25th, the Cards stood 10.5 out of the wild card race.  The team had never put together any kind of run and both the team and the fanbase seemed to be in a general malaise, just waiting...  [Posted on September 22, 2011 6:55 AM]


Two And A Half Men

I had to get around early yesterday to go to continuing education.  I appreciate the Cards making sure that I could still use that headline today.Last night's game was one that probably will make it onto the Game of the...  [Posted on September 21, 2011 6:50 AM]


Doing What They Can

The math doesn't favor the Cardinals.  I think we all know that.  However, you have to admit that this team is playing like they don't know that.  Two out of three this weekend against Philadelphia is pretty solid, even...  [Posted on September 19, 2011 6:35 AM]



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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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