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 [...]

Before play started on Monday evening, Fangraphs gave the Cardinals nearly a four-in-five chance of making the playoffs as one of the Wild Card teams. It made sense to start thinking about who the Cardinals should start in the one-game playoff, even if making it to the Wild Card game wasn’t a sure thing. Then [...]

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 [...]

A Less-Than-Striking Performance

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 [...]

Possible Tiebreaker Game Set for Monday, October 1 at Busch Stadium ST. LOUIS, Mo., September 24, 2018– In the event the Cardinals finish the 2018 regular season tied for a Postseason berth, a tiebreaker game will be held at Busch Stadium on Monday, October 1. Tiebreaker game tickets start at just $10 and will go [...]

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 [...]

Isn’t this the scenario we ask for, Cardinal fans? Throughout the topsy-turvy summer, the season comes down to its final week with playoff participation still in the balance. One week to determine everything. The schedule makers seem to anticipate the drama years in advance. St. Louis will go for a sweep this afternoon while the Rockies [...]

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 [...]

This flashback takes us to the very first article ever published by the Redbird Daily. Coming out of the gates strong, the site launched with an exclusive interview with (at the time) General Manager, John Mozeliak. This interview was conducted by the site’s founder, John Nagel, with questions contributed by the entire writing staff. Keep [...]

Going Old School, Bader Style.

I grew up in the 80’s with those wonderful speed demon Cardinals teams that focused on that speed as well as pitching and defense to make up for a lack of power and capture 3 National League titles and one World Series. Growing up in that era led me to love me some speed. I [...]

A Big Time in Hotlanta

After the Cardinals had been run through by the Dodgers, only spared complete annihilation by an apparently time-traveling Adam Wainwright, the series with Atlanta loomed large in front of the team from St. Louis.  Could they go into the home of a division leader and be effective?  Would they be able to hold on to [...]

The inevitable rise of the price for an ice cold domestic beer delivered in a 16 ounce aluminum bottle by a beer vendor clad in yellow concerns me.  The looming threat that yelling “Keep the change!” will no longer be met with the same sincere nod of appreciation it has for years hurts my soul.  [...]

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