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July 23rd, 2014

You know those rumble strips they build into every new stretch of highway?

Great idea.

If you’re veering off the road a little too far, they make a sound like humongous wasp is attacking while simultaneously turning your steering wheel into jackhammer handles. The adrenaline starts pumping and you get that sporty little bad boy of yours over in between the mustard and the mayonnaise.

Adam wainwright, though? He’s a train. A powerful locomotive built to carry a team on his back for 9 innings, no matter how heavy the load.

Problems with trains, though – they don’t go off the track a little bit and come back. They derail and leave a big flippin’ mess. There is no buffer. Recoveries aren’t happening once a train is off the rails… not until a clean-up crew arrives.

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July 22nd, 2014

There are a whole generation of baseball fans being born now that are never going to experience these:

The replay system in baseball is here to stay. And if we’re being really honest, it’s for the best. Not only for the teams and fans, but for those poor manager’s blood pressure. So much stack to blow!

Through the All-Star break, managers had challenged 606 calls and had 318 calls overturned. That’s a 52% hit rate. Considering that almost all managers stall the umps and wait for video confirmation before making a challenge, that’s a pretty astounding rate for the umps.

They must not be as blind as we thought.

The average delay this has cause a game is around 1:50. Or about the time Skip Shumaker takes to get ready for a pitch. So all in all, it’s not adding too much time to the game and making sure calls are correct. A big win for MLB!

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July 22nd, 2014

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July 21st, 2014

We don’t have many rules at Cards Diaspora. In fact, on our officially recognized Internet charter we have but two listed:

1) Ball hard.

2) If any company wants to give us prizes to give away, we’ll run a contest. Further, said contest will be easy. No forms. You don’t have to like us on Facebook. We could care less if you sign up for our e-mail list.

That’s it. that’s the list.

Today, our friends at Bite Tech have given us a mouth guard to give away.

WHAT?

Fall sports season is coming. Bite Tech in association with Under Armour has created a premium line of mouth guards that not only give you great oral protection, but taste great too. FlavorBlast technology embeds long-lasting flavor beads into the mouth guard, giving players real protection with a great flavor profile.

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July 21st, 2014

This upcoming weekend Tony LaRussa will join the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

His head will be put on a plaque (sans team cap) and that plaque will be hung in Cooperstown NY to serve as a reminder that he was one of the all-time great managers of baseball.

A deserved honor, for sure.

But since 2011, LaRussa has made it clear that his time with the Cardinals was exactly that – his time with the Cardinals. No more, no less. A good run that ran its course.

After getting his number immediately retired by the Cardinals, LaRussa repaid the organization’s honor by announcing that he was equal parts Chicago White So(ck), Oakland A and St. Louis Cardinal – none more than the other.

A curious thank you for 16 years of unwavering support.

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July 21st, 2014

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July 21st, 2014

Sunday Night baseball is the MLB’s big weekly national showcase.

ESPN cherry picks the best series each weekend and puts their considerable production weight (i.e. $$$) behind making a marquee TV show – the bump into a commercial break around the 4th inning featuring Pappy’s was a personal favorite last night.

So even though the Dodgers vs Cardinals game selection was made months ago, this NLCS re-match featured Clayton Kershaw coming off a week where he was ‘screwed’ by the Cardinals manager out of an All-Star Game start.

So everyone wanted to see what happened. Even David Price:

Ok. Deep breaths.

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July 20th, 2014

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July 18th, 2014

We made it through the valley, friends.

The NBA Summer League and MLS highlights are over. Back to real games tonight. I’m happy the WNBA got a bit of run on ESPN, but I’m just not as invested in women’s professional hoops as I used to be.

Reminds me of an old question asked of me once… if you had a WNBA team in your city, would you rather have that team win a championship or find a dollar on the ground? I went for the championship, but the asker swears I was in the vast minority.

Now, The Friday Links…

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July 17th, 2014

I’ve been trying to come up with the apropos analogy for Adam Wainwright’s week.

He was selected as a Major League Baseball All-Star. And not only did he make it to the most elite level of the sport, he was elite amongst the elite. Selected as the NL starter, he was actually the ELITIST.

Think about how he felt – taking the mound as a starting pitcher in the freaking All-Star game. If there ever was a moment that someone could take a deep breath, a good look around and appreciate the moment, it was Adam wainwright about 7:15 on Tuesday night.

2 days later he’s being vilified in New York for harshing Jeter’s farewell to baseball, hammered in Los Angeles for taking the spot of what those fans believe was Clayton Kershaw’s and getting questioned in St. Louis for not trying to win when the Cardinals have a legit shot at another World Series appearance.

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