C70 At The Bat

Usually John Mozeliak and crew have a season-ending press conference a couple of days after the season, well, ends.  They talk about the season and the focus for the winter, what moves they feel they need to make and things they feel are a priority.  When the first few days of October this year came [...]

With the regular season behind us, it’s time to start taking a look back at some of the aspects of the 2018 season.  One of the hallmarks of this team was their ability to pull a game out in their last at bat.  The Cardinals registered 11 wins in the walk-off fashion but even though [...]

Starting in 2015, every year as the regular season ends we take a little time to look at our Cardinal community.  As the Cardinals have started heading home and planning their winter activities, we get a chance to celebrate those that we spend almost as much time with during the season, the folks on Twitter.  [...]

Completing the Fall

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wanted to kill off his most famous creation, he had Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty meet at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.  There the two locked in battle before they careened over the edge to (seemingly) their deaths.  (Proving that even in the late 1800s death wasn’t that final [...]

Marking McGwire: #69, #70

Opponent: Montreal Expos Location: Busch Stadium End of day Sammy Sosa total: 66 End of day Ken Griffey Jr. total: 55 A season that started with a bang was down to its final day. It had been a long time since Mark McGwire started off the 1998 season with a grand slam against the Dodgers.  The year had [...]

You are probably going to hear a lot of talk about Adolis Garcia‘s pinch-running stint last night as metaphor for the second half of the Cardinals’ season.  That’s because it’s about as apt as anything baseball can throw at you. In the eighth inning, with two outs, Matt Carpenter drew his second walk of the [...]

Marking McGwire: #67, #68

Opponent: Montreal Expos Location: Busch Stadium End of day Sammy Sosa total: 66 End of day Ken Griffey Jr. total: 55 The Cardinals were well out of any playoff picture and had already clinched a winning season, so normally the last couple of games would have been exhibitions to rest starters or a chance for the hometown fans [...]

Is This All There Is?

Before we recorded Gateway on Sunday night, Tara and I were talking and I mentioned that it’s been a long time since the Cardinals played their way out of a playoff position they held going into the last week of the season.  They’ve stolen some spots late–we all remember the most notable one of those–and [...]

Marking McGwire: #66

Home run #: 66 Date: September 25 Opponent: Montreal Expos Location: Busch Stadium Pitcher: Shayne Bennett Score: 2-2 Inning: 5 Outs: 2 Runners on: 1 Distance: 375 feet End of day Sammy Sosa total: 66 End of day Ken Griffey Jr. total: 55 One of the most vivid recollections I have from the home run race is just how short the span [...]

The legendary advice from pitching coaches is “Throw strikes.  Babe Ruth is dead.”  (In the mid-00s I personally modified it to “Throw strikes–Ruth is dead and McGwire’s retired.”)  It’s advice that, if heeded last night, might have had the Cardinals still comfortably in the playoff picture rather than hanging by their fingernails as they are [...]

Meaningful September Baseball

That’s what we always want, right?  We want the Cardinals to be playing the last couple of weeks in September with something on the line that’s not just playing time or trying out the new guys.  We don’t want to see that E next to their name in the magic number column.  You want to [...]

Marking McGwire: #65, #65 1/2

Home run #: 65 Date: September 20 Opponent: Milwaukee Brewers Location: County Stadium Pitcher: Scott Karl Score: 0-0 Inning: 1 Outs: 1 Runners on: 1 Distance: 423 feet End of day Sammy Sosa total: 63 End of day Ken Griffey Jr. total: 52 We said last time that if you wanted a seat to history, County Stadium in Milwaukee was the place [...]

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