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July 30th, 2014

My boss isn’t a Cardinals fan.

So when he popped into my office head hung low telling me the Cardinals made a trade… my heart skipped a beat.

Lester?

He shook his head no.

PRICE? DAVID PRICE?

A pause. Another beat skipped. Then the most disappointing head shake of the day.

Who? Who has you, Mr. Non-Cardinals fan, so despondent? Who has made you hang your head so low with the realization that this new Redbird was arriving to help eat up the NL Central? Who dammit!

WHO!

Justin Masterson he cackles as walks down the hall. Masterson? Masterston, huh.

What does Bob Nightengale, the respected reporter from the USA Today have to say about this Masterson kid?

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July 30th, 2014

The most depressing thing about last night’s 3-1 loss to the Padres?

1) Losing to a (now) 47-59 team coming off a rest and regroup day when the Brewers had already lost?

2) 0-6 with runners in scoring position against Tyson Ross, Blaine Boyer, Kevin Quackenbush and Joaquin Benoit?

3) Allen Craig wearing the collar – again – and dropping his average to .238 for the season while Oscar Taveras got another pinch hit in his only at bat?

4) Jason Mott getting torched – again – for another home run. His 7th on the season in only 21 innings of work, in one of the worst HR parks in MLB?

5) Losing a Lance Lynn start against a starting line-up that doesn’t feature one batter over .300 and 7 batters under .250?

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July 30th, 2014

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July 29th, 2014

You may have noticed that we stopped the Bachelorette Live Blog after only a couple weeks into this season.

Actually, you probably didn’t. But still.

We weren’t the first to do a Bach Live Blog. Won’t be the last. It was a stunt that had run its course for the site, though. So we bid adieu to the concept and moved on to more serious fare, al la is Fredbird sleeping with the Blue Jays mascot.

Doesn’t mean we stopped watching. So we might as well make some notes on the finale, right?

In no particular order…

+ Announcing at the top of the show that one of the dudes tried to track Andi down at 2 separate locations after filming wrapped puts a whole new sheen on patina on this oxidized franchise, no? (Then again, when we saw these ‘attempts’ by Nick they seemed pretty normal, right? Or am I crazy?)

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July 28th, 2014

Sunday Tony LaRussa was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here is the full speech, in case you missed it:

Some takeaways:

+ LaRussa went full LaRussa. On a day when every other speech was scripted and meticulously planned, TLR decided to go off-the-cuff (with some notes). Compared to Frank Thomas’ speech, TLR’s sounds more like a press conference where their aren’t any reporters asking questions.

+ Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch wrote that LaRussa then proceeded to chastise himself after the speech for not mentioning 2 people: Roland Hemond, the Chicago White Sox GM who hired him as a 1st time manager, and Red Schoendienst.

+ “Because of the animals and other commitments at home, Bianca and Devon (his daughters) are not here. That does not make me happy.” It’s none of our business – truly – but that’s a weird situation and weird line to put in something that LaRussa knows is recorded for posterity.

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July 27th, 2014

Friends, I know it doesn’t feel significant, but it is.

Mike Matheny and the Cardinals have to get better at replay challenges.

Sunday’s 1-0 win was a brisk, tense game. With no margin for error, Wainwright pitched a gem and the game winning RBI came off Matt Holliday’s home run in the top of the 1st. Should it have been so close?

Before Holliday’s at bat, Kolten Wong hit into a double play. The turn was fairly clean, but Wong appeared to be safe at first. The play wasn’t challenged and instead of Holliday’s home run plating 2, it was a solo shot.

Calls that should be challenged but aren’t are just as bad as the ones that are and shouldn’t be. Maybe Wong is called safe, maybe not. But if you’re going to pass on that one… then the one you do use has to be better.

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July 26th, 2014

The Cardinals have signed AJ Pierzynski and he will join the team today in Chicago.

Whoo. Boy.

The dude is controversial. And he likes it that way. His nickname? Captain Chaos. His former manager Ozzie Guillén’s feelings about AJ? I paraphrase here: When you play against him, you hate him. When you play with him, you hate him a little bit less.

So why? Let’s see if we can’t figure this out…

THEORY 1: Mo is punishing any and all writers/sports pundits for their incessant chatter about the Cardinals under achievement in 2014 by acquiring only players with difficult names to spell. Oh, you got the hang of Kottaras a little too easy? Have you some Pierzynski.

Probability? 1/10

THEORY 2: The Cardinals don’t have any bite. The ‘stars’ on this team are either introverts (Molina, Holliday) or goofballs (Wainwright) that just aren’t grasping the fact that 2014 is slipping away.

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July 25th, 2014

Y’all getting turnt up for the baseball Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend?

After all Cardinals non-affiliated baseball great Tony LaRussa is taking his place in Cooperstown and the national media is welcoming his induction with open arms.

Right Bryant Gumble?

“Finally tonight, a few words about fame and shame — and how they’re both being blurred in Cooperstown,’’ Gumbel says. “Cooperstown, is of course the New York home of baseball’s Hall of Fame and where this year’s inductees on this coming weekend will include Tony La Russa.

“La Russa is being honored for guiding teams he managed to 2,728 wins — a total that ranks third in baseball history. But here’s the rub — about 43 percent of all of those wins were recorded when La Russa was managing Mark McGwire and winning because of his prodigious power. That’s the same Mark McGwire who has been denied inclusion in the Hall because voters believe that prodigious power owed a great deal to steroids.

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July 25th, 2014

The NL Central giveth; the NL Central taketh.

Riding a surge of momentum into the All-Star break (and immediately after), the Cardinals closed the gap between themselves and the Brewers for the NL Central lead. 3 consecutive losses in 5 days has shoved the Birds back down into 3rd place, 3 games in arrears.

Enter the Cubs.

The only team that is out of the hunt for the playoffs in the NL Central, they’re suddenly thrust into a starring role. They will be the arbitrators, of sort, in deciding the fate of 4 other teams.

Beat the Cubs. Go to the playoffs.

The Pirates, Brewers, Reds and Cardinals will probably not go on big winning streaks against each other. It hasn’t happened so far in 2014 and truth be told, I’m not sure any of them are good enough to start now.

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July 24th, 2014

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