We’ve Come To The End Of The Road

Well, sadly we’ve come to the end of the 2008 regular season. Our beloved Cardinals did not make the playoff for the second year in a row. But just like last year, it wasn’t without them doing everything they could to play in October. The player’s that is. The front office & coaching staff let them down big time. But I’ll get to that later. They’ve got one game to left in the year, and if they win & sweep the Reds right out of town, they’ll finish ten games above .500 for the season. And that’s something no one, not you, not me, not anyone who follows the game of baseball realistically thought this team had a snowballs chance in hell of accomplishing.

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Elvis Has Left The Building

Truly this is a sad day in Cardinal Nation. Because you see, our loudest pro Cardinal voice in the media has gone silent. Will Leitch has left his position as editor of Deadspin for bigger & supposedly better things. (New York Magazine? Are you F’king kidding me Will? Are you sure that’s even a real magazine?)

Any way, I don’t look at this like every one else does. Meaning the rest of the planet simply sees that Deadspin is losing its editor, it’s leader, hell even it’s very reason for existing in Will’s exodus. No, I take this loss a lot more personally because of what color I bleed. And that’s Cardinal Red.

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DK 57

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the passing of beloved Cardinals pitcher, husband & father, Darryl Kyle. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news.

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1978 – 2007

29 years.

29 years is not that long of a time. It’s barely a drop in the bucket compared to all of eternity.

29 years.

How can it seam so long sometimes, yet not even come close to being long enough?

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Happy Birthday America

On this our nation’s birthday I hope every one takes a moment to remember why this is the greatest country the world has ever known.

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Being On The Team

There is so much the average fan doesn’t know. If you don’t believe that, turn on any sports related talk radio show. People propose trades and free agent signings as if they were still kids trading baseball cards. They report of the correct batting stance a struggling hitter should try instead of his current one he’s using. They suggest that a pitcher should stop throwing a curveball if it’s not hitting the strike zone that night. Basically these people are just ignorant – plain and simple.

I believe there might be a new breed of sports fan though that is not ignorant like the radio talk show caller but that might have a common weakness. I’m speaking about the baseball stat guys. These are the guys that come up with neat little stat charts that display possible tendancies of players concerning whether they are likely a good person to trade for or trade away as the case may be. Other times a devised mathematical tool will be presented which only serves to overcomplicate the issue. Statistical tools and number crunching are not wrong, so let’s make that perfectly clear. However – are the results actually predictive of a player’s performance on the field? I’d say the results are mixed. For consistent players, it works but that’s sort of a no brainer even without the stats since they are steady in their results. Game situations seem to back up the advice that stats will give. For example, there is some trustworthy advice such as bunting in certain situations typically doesn’t pay off enough to be worth the sacrifice. Statistics seems to support the idea of having your teams closer come in and face the other team in the 8th inning instead of the 9th inning since usually the heart of the other team’s batting order hits in the 8th. That particular one actually can be a case for both sides since it hasn’t really worked to this point. Most teams haven’t sent their closer in to pitch two innings. Related to this is the idea that a closer isn’t really needed at all. The idea there is that a team would try to have a group of two to three solid relievers that would be used situationally in the 8th and 9th inning but that none of them would be the stopper every night. Boston tried this a few years back but failed and went to the traditional closer. A few teams have went with so called closer-by-committee, but this is usually not a conscience choice since it’s usually due to their closer getting hurt.

Anyway, I’ve flown off on a wild tangent. Back to the matter – what do the radio caller and the more sophisticated stat guru have in common? What are both of them possibly missing? Often times, neither one of them have ever been an active participate in organized sports. And if they have, many of their last experience was little league.

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