Bill DeWitt Jr. and his group of investors purchased the Cardinals in 1995 for $150 million, much of which he immediately recouped in selling off parking garages.  Since that time, he has been the very public face of the ownership group.  His son joined the organization the following year, beginning in the merchandising and marketing [...]

“Saw Gerrera used to say one fighter with a sharp stick and nothing left to lose can take the day.  They have no idea we’re coming.  They’ve no reason to expect us.  If we can make it to the ground, we’ll take the next chance.  And the next.  On and on until we win or [...]

In the premiere episode of Phineas and Ferb, the boys build a rollercoaster that stretches around their entire town of Danville.  (If you haven’t seen the show, which we also talked about last year, you really should avail yourself of it, especially if you have Disney+.)  The show would return to this every so often, [...]

Walk-off wins are some of the most exciting kind of wins that you can have.  You suddenly go from playing the game to not playing the game with one swing of the bat (usually).  It’s a great feeling no matter what the circumstances, but there are levels.  There’s the upper boundary, defined by Game 6, [...]

The Gutpunch

It’s just one game.  It’s just one game.  There are 67 left.  There are 67 left. I’m trying to use that mantra not to get too much “sky is falling” after last night, but it’s really not helping.  Even after sleeping on this one, it still feels like the season turned in a bad way [...]

As that one tough Dominican Joaquin Andujar once said, “There’s one word in America that says it all, and that word is ‘you never know’.”  Replace “in America” with “about baseball” and you have last night’s outing. If you hooked up Mike Shildt to truth serum, he might have told you he wasn’t planning on [...]

I think, if you told almost anyone, that in the span of a couple of weeks this Cardinals team would take four of six from the best record in baseball, nobody would have believed you.  This team that struggled through a set of really bad teams coming out to the good against San Francisco?  We [...]

Maybe It Is 2007

We have talked in this space how there were some similarities between this season and 2007.  One of the most memorable things to me about that season was the optimism heading into the All-Star Break only to be dashed quickly in the first game back.  Last night, unfortunately, kept this season on track with that [...]

In 2007, the Cardinals entered the All-Star Break at 40-45.  They won their final game before the break as Todd Wellemeyer and four relievers held San Francisco and Barry Zito (one of the few times they got the upper hand on Zito, it feels like) scoreless, winning 7-0.  They were 5-3 in July and, while [...]

There are a couple of ways to approach last night’s 5-2 loss to the Giants. The Cardinals won the first two games and it is very hard to sweep any team, much less a team that has the best winning percentage in baseball.  They were competitive in this one and it would have been nice [...]

Is This A Turnaround?

Before we get too far down the way, let’s acknowledge that the answer to the title of this post is probably “no”.  Two wins in a row is a nice thing, don’t get me wrong.  The last time the Cardinals won two in a row against a team that wasn’t really bad (Arizona, Miami, Pittsburgh, [...]

Baseball is an unpredictable thing.  We know that, of course, but the game continues to provide example after example. How could a team that went 2-8 against the Tigers, Pirates, and Rockies come out and not only beat the best team in baseball, but the pitcher having the best season this side of Jacob deGrom?  [...]

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