I've heard that quote a few times recently, though granted it was a little more applicable to this blog when I heard it as "80% of life" rather than success. Still, I think it fits pretty well for what I'm wanting to say today.
Five years ago, after an abysmal Kip Wells start (I know, that doesn't narrow it down, but here's the box score) I decided to start writing down my thoughts on the Cardinals in a dedicated place. While the URL has changed, most everything else has not in those five years. Running the numbers, this will be post 1,420 I've personally done (not including the 47 guest post entries) and that's almost 80% of the days that have passed since I started.
I even started actually talking about the Cards. UCB Radio Hour led to Gateway To Baseball Heaven and, after being inspired by the Pitchers Hit Eighth boys, Conversations With C70 was born. I've never heard of anyone being bored to death by any of those shows, though it could be because the next-of-kin didn't know who to inform.
Most of these things were because I just showed up. Early on, I had the idea for the United Cardinal Bloggers and due to the incredible talent that is involved with that group, it's made it a lot of fun to sit down and talk about the Cards, either here or on Twitter. I kept plugging along, often by ideas that were stimulated by their posts or discussions. I've been honored to be associated with this group and privileged that they keep humoring me and my ideas. If it wasn't for them, most everything in the preceding paragraph wouldn't have happened.
I solicited some ideas for what to do to honor this anniversary. While I got some good ones, I realized that the best way to honor this day is to treat it like most every other. I've always said this is more of a workman-like blog. It's not going to hit the heights that places like Viva El Birdos is going to hit. It's not going to bring the interesting insights or points of view that places like Pitchers Hit Eighth bring. As I said originally, it's an regular joe blog,
Which means that, after all that hoopla, there's Cardinal stuff to talk about. And I better hurry, because the next game starts in a couple of hours and I'd hate to be still here when it does. After the jump, if you please..........
The Cardinals faltered last night in Cincinnati, losing 5-3. Things were rocking and rolling along, though again the Cardinal offense wasn't really clicking, until the seventh inning. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
The Goat has to go to Allen Craig. Not only was he 0-5, but his errant throw led not only to the Reds go-ahead run, but put Adam Wainwright in peril as well. I winced every time I watched that highlight, just glad that Wainwright's barrel roll didn't cause any lasting damage.
I wasn't able to watch the game, being out with some good friends that I hadn't seen in a long while, but it sounds like Wainwright pitched a fairly good game, just got caught with some bad luck there late. It happens. And, if the Cards had beaten up on Mat Latos like the career numbers against him indicated, perhaps they'd have had enough runs to withstand that seventh inning or make some different decisions during it.
Couple of news points before we look at today's matchups. First off, Lance Berkman, as expected, is being activated before today's game. Shane Robinson has been demoted and I've not seen a lineup yet, but I'd expect Berkman is in it. Hopefully not going on the rehab assignment won't mess with his swing and reactions too much and he can be hitting like Berkman usually hits very soon.
Also, the Cards have signed Brian Fuentesto a minor league deal. It was about three years ago that St. Louis looked to sign Fuentes, but he wanted three years at about $11 million per. Wisely, the Cards passed and have done fairly well without him. Fuentes has struggled (as was kinda expected) and was released by the A's recently. I know some are excited by the signing, but I'm not expecting much out of it. It's a no-risk move, of course, and one the Cards probably should have made, but I just don't think we'll see him produce at the big league level. I've been wrong before and could be again here, but I don't see it.
Kyle Lohse goes against his former team today, something that's often worked out for him.
Matt Holliday's done quite well in limited time and Molina has done well also. Again, yesterday seemed to give St. Louis the advantage in the pitching department and we saw how that turned out. Hopefully today's advantage will be much more effective.
Before I go, I'd like to toss out a link for you to examine when you get the chance. Big Leagues Monthly is a web magazine that has just started up and, if the first issue is any indication, it's going to be around for a long time to come. Some good names in there contributing, people I've gotten to know through the BBA and other channels. If you want to read some good baseball writing, check it out!
Thanks to everyone that's read over the past five years. Looking forward to the next five!
The BBA has, as a secondary aim, the goal of producing year-end
awards in a similar fashion to the Baseball Writers of America. These
awards can be found at the official site in October with links back to the voters,
ensuring transparency and, most likely, the onset of some good baseball