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April 23rd, 2014

I told myself I wasn’t going to talk about it, other than send congratulations for a great accomplishment.

500 home runs. That’s something pretty special. But when I saw this tweet from @Dathan7, I got a little sad.

Look at their faces. Albert, stoic as ever. Almost pissed he didn’t get to this milestone last year. Or the year before. The Cardinals fan, happy, but not in a euphoric way. Polite applause for a moment in MLB history.

Everything is captured here.

Albert, who was paid 240 million dollars so that the Angels could ride the wave of these check posts to the Hall of Fame, went ahead and accomplished his first big one on the road. In a National League stadium.

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April 23rd, 2014

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April 23rd, 2014

We’ve come a long way since October 19th 2006.

You might remember that day – I know it was a pretty good one if you’re hanging around these parts of the Internet.

Doesn’t seem like that long ago, after all. Wainwright was on the mound tonight same as he was then. But Citi Field didn’t exist. Bernie Madoff was just a stock guru making rich guys richer. And the Mets were the cream of the crop in the National League.

Talk about an inflection point.

The Mets haven’t eclipsed 80 wins since 2008. They play to a mostly empty stadium (20,200 announced attendance tonight or 48% capacity) that has as much charm as your local Aldi. And they’ll be lucky to finish above 3rd in their division.

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April 23rd, 2014

El Hombre always had a knack for the dramatic.

He becomes the first player in MLB history to hit his 499th and 500th home run in the same game. Congratulations, sir. You’ve reached a milestone.

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April 22nd, 2014

MTV2 and MLB have partnered up for a show called ‘Off The Bat From The MLB Fan Cave‘.

It’s hosted by Fat Joe and Melanie Iglesias. While it’s good to see Mr. Joe get work again and not have an American Institution ‘lean back‘ into obscurity, let’s be honest… people are tuning in to look at Ms. Iglesias.

To sex up the show for the ladies (and some men), they’re doing ‘Man Crush Monday’.

Yesterday was Monday. The Cardinals were in town to play the Mets. Here’s from the MTV2 Blog:

There’s nothing like staring at a man in uniform to kick off the work week, right? In honor of MTV2′s new series, “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave,” every Monday we’re putting the spotlight on one of the sexiest sluggers in the game. Here, overall stats, batting averages and team standings don’t completely dictate whether or not a player gets picked — see below for five reasons why this week’s pro made the MLB Crush Monday cut!

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April 22nd, 2014

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April 21st, 2014

Lyft has launched in St. Louis.

And we’re going to talk about rideharing services. But if you need a primer on what ridesharing services are, how they work and what some advantages and disadvantages when using them are, I’ve made a little 101 section at the end of this article.

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Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and author of the book ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’.

In it, he discusses the ‘Technology Mudslide Hypothesis’ or how some current businesses can’t keep up with the rapidly changing technological environment because any pause in movement going forward will get them caught in the mudslide, taking them backwards.

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April 21st, 2014

The name of the piece is “From Behind the Plate, a Dutiful Master Orchestrates The Cardinals”.

At this point, you can pretty much rest assured that this isn’t your typical Cardinals media fare. You’d be right, because yesterday the NY Times’ Tyler Kepner profiles Yadier Molina and got some interesting information:

  • Brian McCann, a 7-time All-Star studies what Molina does to make himself better.
  • Shelby Miller believes in Molina so much that he feels less pressure in the Major Leagues than any other time playing professional baseball.
  • No one other than Molina knows why he makes the pitch selections he does. Some pitchers don’t shake off his calls, ever.
  • He could have been a better offensive player when he was starting out as a Cardinal, but didn’t care to work on his offense, because he cared too much about the defense.
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April 21st, 2014

Shane Robinson seems like a nice guy.

How can anyone so tiny and scrappy not be super humble and ready to help your grandmother across the street at all times? If you asked him for his autograph, he’d probably return the favor by asking if he could help file your taxes.

But if we’re trying to win baseball games, then Matt Holliday is probably a better option as a pinch hitter. We’ll get back to Magic Mike and his penchant for holstering his guns until he’s already been shot in a minute.

We’ve buried the lede.

The Cardinals are giving away games on defense. They were only charged with 1 error on Sunday (presumably because errors are now like juries – any reasonable doubt results in a hit), but Matt Carpenter and Daniel Descalso both had balls to field that were playable and ended up not being played.

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April 20th, 2014

Jon Jay was a good player in 2013.

He appeared in 157 game for the Cardinals, collecting 151 hits, 52 walks and generating 75 runs. No, you won’t be bouncing a grand-kid on your lap telling them about the ’13 Jay season, but considering he made $524,000 and the Cardinals won 97 games plus the NL Central title, he was a valuable cog in the machine.

Not everyone should, nor can be, the mega-watt star of any good team. Baseball needs solid players that go out and do their job day in a day out. Jon Jay was one of those guys for the Cardinals in 2013.

No, he didn’t do great in the postseason (6 for 52). No, he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm.

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