I started this blog in 2006. I was living in Europe, with little to no baseball contact. It was my way of keeping in contact with the sport I loved most in the world. Coincidentally, this was also the year the Cardinals won the World Series. I blogged it every step of the way that year and had a decent number of readers. I blogged the rest of my time in Spain, but once I moved back to the States, and was around baseball a lot more, I stopped.
With all that being said, it’s been a few years since my last blog.
However, I have missed writing about baseball and most importantly, the Cardinals. So I decided to give it a shot again. I’m sure none of my former readers are still around. But maybe some new people will find my blog and hopefully you will like it!
So let’s talk Cardinal baseball!
We have a little less than 2 months to play in the season and it’s a very close race. The Redbirds sit one game out in the division behind Milwaukee and the Wild Card race is tight as well. The Cards are tied with San Fran at the moment, but the Pirates, Braves and Reds are all within 5 games. So, as they say, this is baseball and anything can happen.
Tonight, we watch one of the “trade deadline stories,” unfold as two best friends and former teammates go against each other. Shelby Miller (Cardinals) and Joe Kelly (Red Sox) were the best men in each other’s weddings last year. But after Kelly was unexpectedly traded at the deadline, he now will have to go against his former team. You can’t write movie scripts this dramatic.
They’re trying to keep it light though. Don’t tell Pete Rose, but they have a $100 bet about who will get a hit off of who first. My money is on Kelly. He’s the better hitter of the two.
On another note, how great has Pat Neshek been? Yeah, he was an All-Star, but I would wager that most people outside of Cardinal fans don’t know who this guy is. If you’re one of them, allow me to explain.
Neshek didn’t have a team this spring, but the Cardinals signed him to a minor league deal. He made the team as a righty specialist and man, has he been good. He earned his 5th W of the season last night, making him 5-0 this year, with a miniscule .078 ERA. .078!! Are you kidding me? He also has 2 saves to boot. All this in 46 1/3 innings pitched in 51 games. The Cardinals have a long line of success stories of pitchers who were okay with other teams and come to St. Louis and are great and do big things in the postseason. He’s looking like he will be next. And I can only hope that Masterson will be another one.
Miller over Kelly,