Okay, the Cubs faced Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals last night. We pounded out 13 hit against the Cardinal ace. That sounds pretty good, right? Well, all of those 13 hits were singles. Not a single extra base hit. That’s not a good thing.
I have to share a story with everyone that happened back in March. A friend of mine, a Cubs fan, decided to take his son, a Cardinals fan, to Florida to watch the Redbirds play in spring training. After arriving in Florida and taking in the first game of the week my friend and his son went out to eat dinner that night after the game. It just so happens, that they were seated by one of the Cardinals players. My friend thought it was Jason Motte, but wasn’t for certain so he asked his son who also thought that it was him. My friend asked him, “Aren’t you one of the Cardinal ballplayers?” and Motte confirmed he was and from there a conversation began. It was not your typical conversation with a fan pestering a player and asking for autographs and pictures. Instead, it was something different. The conversation included how good the food was, little league and high school baseball, family, what it’s like to face a 90+MPH fastball and more. Before Motte left the restaurant, he asked my friend if they were coming to the game the next day. He confirmed that he and his son would be there and Motte told him to find him once they got there. So, the next day, they arrived early to the game. As they were walking in, Motte saw my friend’s son and motioned for them to come his way. He then proceeded to introduce them to other players and my friend’s son was able to get several autographs and pictures of the players. Guys like Kyle Lohse and Jake Westbrook to name a couple. These players went out of their way to do this. My friend was able to shake some of the players hands and thank them for their generosity they displayed to his son.
All my life I have been pestered by Cardinal fans attempting to get me to switch my allegiance from the Cubs to the redbirds. Well, I’ve finally seen the light! I am going to root for the Cards all season long and hope and pray that Albert resigns with “us”.
With the injury to Adam Wainwright, I truly think the Cards need to sign Jeremy Bonderman. He’s the type of pitcher that Dave Duncan could turn around and get 12 wins from this season.
I have changed the “Read About Me” section on this blog a few times. However, I wanted to update it again and share the new update as a post as well.
I guess you could say I am addicted to baseball. To begin with, I was born the day Willie Mays retired from baseball. I grew up playing some form of baseball almost everyday. Wiffleball, little league, hot box and strat-o-matic were the most common ways I was able to get my baseball “fix”. I was fortunate to have two uncle, Jonathan and David, to play with and to learn the game from. They always made the game fun for me.
I loved to watch the Cubs on WGN too. Sometimes I would go to my great-grandparents house and watch the games with them. My great-grandmother loved Ryne Sandberg while my great-grandfather was a big fan of Lee Smith, Jody Davis and later, Andre Dawson. The game of baseball and the Cubs provided me with a special connection with my great-grandparents. They also had a decent size back yard that we often turned into a wiffleball field. They would sit in a swing and watch my uncles, cousins, friends and myself play until dark had to call the game. Those were great times.
I consider myself a baseball purist to some extent. I love day games, grass fields, and don’t care too much for the DH. I’m happy watching a 1-0 shutout or an 8-7 slugfest. I like players that stay on one team their entire career. I believe it is okay to boo a player when you expect more out of them. I wish MLB scheduled more double headers. I’ve been to spring training in Florida multiple times but not Arizona…..yet. All in all, baseball is my favorite game and the Cubs are my favorite team.
I am Cub fan living in deep southern Illinois which is dominated by Cardinal fans. Just to give you an idea of how far south I live I can be in Kentucky in less than an hour. It would take me close to six hours to get to Wrigley Fields and two hours to get to Busch Stadium.
In addition to baseball and the Cubs, I enjoy basketball and football too. I root for the Chicago Bulls, North Carolina Tar Heels, Eastern Illinois Panters and Dallas Cowboys. For the record, Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever play basketball in my opinion. It doesn’t hurt that MJ and Ryno each wore 23. What a great number if you are a Bulls and Cubs fan!
Today, I am married to a beautiful woman who happens to be a Yankees fan. Since our marriage we both have grown fond of each other’s team. I have two children with one more on the way and I love teaching my kids about baseball and watching Cub games with them. My kids know how to sing the Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Go Cubs Go. I am truly blessed and thank the Lord for all that I have.
This Albert Pujols deal is getting interesting. I was listening to talk sports radio this morning and they were focusing on the idea that the Cards trade Pujols. I don’t see that happening. I believe the Cards will be able to sign him after the season if they are willing to meet most of his demands. If for some reason he does not sign with the Cards then I see him signing with a National League. I cannot imagine Albert going to the AL and having to be a DH even in the later stages of his career. He’s too competitive and wants to be on the field at all times.
The Cubs’ Marlon Byrd is working with Victor Conte. Remember him? The guy from Balco labs that did jail time. Byrd said he is not doing anything illegal and I believe him, but couldn’t he have found someone else?!?! Sorry Marlon, but Conte isn’t someone I would want to be associated with.
Jeff Samardzija is going to be a reliever this season. No question about it. The Cubs have enough guys competing for the 4th and 5th spots in the rotation so Jeff will pitch out of the pen. At least he knows what his role will be this season. He’s out of options so if he doesn’t pitch well he may not stay with the Cubs.
The Cubs traded minor league infielder, Tony Thomas, for 26 year old Robert Coello. The former Red Sox minor league will probably start the year in Iowa and be called up in case of injury. I believe he will be used as a starter in Iowa to start the season, but is also capable of coming out of the pen. Personally, I didn’t care for this trade.
Josh Vitters needs to have a breakout season in 2011 or I fear he may become the next Ryan Harvey. I will be keeping an eye on him and I really hope he stays healthy and hits like he’s capable of.
Finally, Keith Moreland will be taking the place of Ron Santo in the radio booth. I am happy for Keith and believe he will do a great job.