Albert the Great

Congratulations to Albert Pujols for winning the 2009 NL MVP award, an award most deserved.  It’s his third MVP award, which puts him in a select company of professional baseball players.  A third MVP award almost guarantees a selection call from the good folks at the Hall of Fame.  Even more impressive is the fact that the MVP selection was unanimous.   Better writers than I have expounded on Albert’s monster stats and those need not be repeated here. 

For those who insist that Albert is on steroids because he has gained a few pounds and has lost some of his hair, well, remember that he will be 30 in January.  Men gain a few pounds and lose some hair (if not all of their hair) as they age.  Heck, I’m a 48 year old woman and I’ve gained some weight and lost some of my hair (waah!)  Talent, hard work and a great attitude will take a person a long way, and Albert has those qualities in spades.  When you have those qualities, you don’t need steroids.  Albert has said many times in interviews that he is willing to be tested for steroids at any time and at any place. If he were on the juice, he wouldn’t be willing to make that kind of statement. 

Albert has another title – that of Most Valuable Person.  He is an MVP on and off the field.  Albert is a devoted family man.   Not only does Albert give his well earned money to charity and has even started a foundation devoted to Down’s Syndrome people and the poor people of the Dominican Republic, he gives his valuable time as well. 

Albert is a man of great faith in God.  In interviews, he never fails to give credit to the One who gave him the talent to accomplish his great achievements.  Every time Albert hits a home run, he points to the sky to give thanks to the Lord for his accomplishment.  Even in non-baseball interviews, he draws attention to the Lord and his beliefs. 

This year’s MVP award is just another award in Albert’s collection of awards. I’ve seen some of them in person in the glass case at his restaurant.  But the award that Albert will treasure the most will happen when he shuffles off this mortal coil and meets his Maker. Then he will hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Those six words will mean more to Albert than any earthly award, for they will come from his Savior and he will reap the benefits of that award throughout eternity.  I pray that I too will hear those wonderful words when my time comes. 

Well, that’s all for tonight.  Have a great Thanksgiving! 

Diane

We was robbed

I am still aghast about the selection of Tim Lincecum for the NL Cy Young award.  Chris Carpenter, the comeback story of the year, and Adam Wainwright, who was lights out all season, were ripped off.  Instead, this prestigious award is given to a pot smoking, long haired hippy from San Francisco.  Does he wear flowers in his hair?  Okay, maybe the hair is a non-factor.  But Lincecum can well afford a good hair stylist.  Long hair is better suited for skateboarders and surfers, not professional baseball players. 

 

What kind of example does Lincecum’s selection set for our sons who are pitchers? According to the voters, it’s okay if you smoke pot or do drugs or do steroids; as long as you win ballgames, you can still win the Cy Young award.  In my mind, voters should look at how a player lives his life off of the field as well as their record on the field.  But then, maybe I’m just old-fashioned.  Back in the day, professional baseball players (and professional players in other sports as well) were held to higher standards in their personal lives.  Standards for professional athletes have slipped just like the standards of our modern society have slipped into the abyss. 

 

As far as his performance on the field, Lincecum only had 15 wins this season.  Lincecum faded in the stretch.   Waino and Carp both had more wins than Lincecum.  If Waino had won his 20th game, he would have been a shoo-in for the Cy.  Kyle McClellan owes Waino a big, fat apology for losing that 20th game. 

 

We only have one more award to look forward to during this off-season, and that’s the NL MVP award next week.  If my standards were applied to the voting, Albert Pujols would win in a landslide. 

 

I need some chocolate to get over this rejection of our beloved Cards pitchers.  See you next time!

 

Diane

Two solid hits needed

I read the article below in Forbes magazine today, and although I disagree with Steve that the baseball universe is aligned properly since the Yankees won the Series (we Cards fans would say that about the Cards, of course), the rest of the article is right on. 

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Two Solid Hits Needed

Steve Forbes

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The baseball universe is properly aligned again, with the Yankees’
World Series victory. Now the national pastime’s pooh-bahs should focus
on two issues.

Length of the season. Having the playoffs run into late
October and early November is a formula for unnecessary player
injuries–with cold weather and rain and possibly even snow. Television
attracts maximum audiences during evening games, so Major League
Baseball (MLB) has given afternoon games short shrift. If MLB can’t
shed its postseason afternoon-game phobia, then it should bring back
during the regular season something once commonplace and now virtually
extinct: the doubleheader. These don’t have to be held in the same way
they were in the old days, when one ticket allowed you to watch
back-to-back games on a Sunday afternoon. Instead, there’d be one game
for one crowd at noon or 1 p.m. and a second for an evening crowd at 7
or 8 p.m. Then the playoffs and World Series could end before we need
to bring out our snow boots and skis. And the possibility of serious
weather-related injury would be minimized.

Instant replays. MLB uses them now for home runs hit near
the foul line. No one wants to do that with strikes and balls. But
there have been a number of questionable calls on base running–when it
wasn’t immediately clear if a player actually tagged the bag or if a
runner was tagged or not. One suggestion that wouldn’t disrupt the flow
of the game: Each team could request one replay per game. There would
be no need for the umps to leave the field to review a particular call;
they could view it on a handheld device or on a nearby display screen
and make a decision within seconds. During postseason games teams
should be able to question two or three calls, since the stakes are
much higher and the pressure far more intense. Again, this wouldn’t
disrupt the flow of games anymore than do television-mandated timeouts
between innings for commercials.

Instant replays. MLB uses them now for home runs hit near
the foul line. No one wants to do that with strikes and balls. But
there have been a number of questionable calls on base running–when it
wasn’t immediately clear if a player actually tagged the bag or if a
runner was tagged or not. One suggestion that wouldn’t disrupt the flow
of the game: Each team could request one replay per game. There would
be no need for the umps to leave the field to review a particular call;
they could view it on a handheld device or on a nearby display screen
and make a decision within seconds. During postseason games teams
should be able to question two or three calls, since the stakes are
much higher and the pressure far more intense. Again, this wouldn’t
disrupt the flow of games anymore than do television-mandated timeouts
between innings for commercials.

Both changes would help the game and ultimately be good for MLB.

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This season ran long because of the World Baseball Classic.  Do we really need the World Baseball Classic?  If memory serves me (and it’s late), I think that baseball got dropped from the Olympics, but the Olympics would be the best place for a world baseball competition.

Watching the World Series in November is very, very strange to me.  If Reggie Jackson were playing now, would he be called Mr. November instead of Mr. October? If one (or both) of the World Series teams were from Canada or the northern regions of the U.S.,  we would be worried about snow for the World Series.

As for Steve’s second point, the technology is certainly available today for umps to review plays with a hand held device or even a netbook.  I think there are too many commercials in baseball games today.  When my hubby watches a game, he’ll switch to another channel during the commercials.  I have to remind him to switch back to the game!

Looking forward to seeing who the NL Cy Young award tomorrow!  Hey MLB, let’s keep both Cy Young winners in Missouri, the Show Me State, OK?  See you soon!

Diane

And the winner is . . .

On Thursday, the winner of the NL Cy Young Award will be announced.  As every good Cardinal fan knows by now, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are the two front runners for this prestigious award.  Chris and Adam make their arguments for the other player to win the award at the article here and here. They don’t write half bad for baseball players.  🙂 

Here’s my take.  My vote is for Wainwright.  First, Chris has already won the Cy Young once.  Second, Chris was out for 6 weeks this season with an injury.  Adam is also a pretty good batter for a pitcher too.  Sure, Chris hit a grand slam this year, but Adam is a more consistent hitter. 

Such a tough decision for the voters.  Maybe Carp and Waino will be co-winners.  I don’t think anyone would argue with that if it happened.  Hopefully, they won’t split the vote and then Lincecum would win.  Lincecum won the Cy Young last year. 

Tomorrow, the Manager of the Year awards are given out.  I don’t see Tony winning that one – more likely Jim Tracy of the Rockies.

See you next time!

Diane

It’s hardware season

And I don’t mean Lowe’s or Home Depot.  (MLB – we need smilies!  Thanks!)  It’s award season.  Let’s review the awards given out so far:

Hank Aaron Award – Albert Pujols
Gold Glove – Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina
Silver Slugger – Albert Pujols
Comeback Player of the Year – Chris Carpenter

The NL MVP award will be given on November 24, and Albert Pujols is a
frontrunner for this award.  Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are
the two top prospects for the Cy Young award. 

I know there’s a couple awards I’m missing here.  Please comment below & fill me in. It’s late and my brain is tired.  

So with all this hardware being awarded, why didn’t the Cards make the World Series?  Well, there’s a lot of reasons and we can debate this until the cows come home, but I believe that there are two big reasons:  a. Not getting enough runners in scoring position, and b.  Not getting the baserunners that are on base home. You can have great pitching, but unless you score more runs than the other team, you’re not going to win the game.  That’s elementary, Watson.

So what needs to be done to win in 2010?  I’ll give you my thoughts in my next post.  Have a great day!

So when did you become a Cardinals fan?

My mom & dad were Cardinals fans, but I didn’t become a Cardinals
fan until September 11, 1974. That was the night that the Cardinals
played the Mets for 25 innings. My mom and I stayed up and listened to
all 25 innings. The game didn’t get over until 2:00 in the morning – I
must not have had school the next day, or Mom wouldn’t have let me stay
up that late. LOL! You can see the box score for that game here.
That game had more drama than a soap opera! After that, I started
listening to Jack and Mike on the radio with my mom and dad. There
weren’t too many games on TV back then, except the ones on KSD with Jay
Randolph. I’ve been a Cardinals fan ever since.

My first
husband was not a baseball fan. During the 1982 World Series, he teased
me unmercifully during the games the Cardinals lost very badly. I got
mad & went to watch the game in the bedroom. During the last game,
when the Cards were getting ready to win the Series, my ex got a wild
hair up his butt that he had to go to his mother’s house. We got to his
mother’s house in time to see the celebration on the field. There were
other obvious problems with the marriage besides this. My present
husband, however, is a big Cardinals fan. He said he married me because
I’m the only woman that knows as much about baseball as he does. 🙂 His
family talks about sports as well, even his mother & his sisters,
so I fit in well with them.

This love of the Cardinals has not
passed to the next generation in my family, unfortunately; my daughter
went over to the dark side and became a Cubs fan, and my son roots for
whoever is playing the Cardinals (although my husband says he does this
to irritate me).

I’d love to hear when you first became a Cardinals fan and how long you’ve been a fan. Please leave a comment.

That’s all for now. See you soon!

Diane

Welcome to my blog!

As the title says, this is a blog for women who love St. Louis
Cardinals baseball. I’m glad you found it and that you’re here. I hope
you come back and visit again.

Most guys think that women love
baseball because women love men in uniforms (although NFL uniforms
don’t do much for guys, in my opinion). Not true, gentlemen. Baseball
is a civilized sport. There may occasionally be a bench brawl, but
baseball’s nothing like hockey, where you go to a fight and a game
breaks out. It’s true that you do need athletic skills to be a baseball
player, but baseball is a game of mental agility as well. There’s the
classic duel of batter and pitcher. And runners on the base paths have
to not only watch the batter, they have to know when to run and when to
stay on base. And baseball has a long and rich history. Why do I cry
when I watch the Hall of Fame players being introduced at the yearly
induction ceremony? Is it because I’m a woman? Or do I love baseball
that much? I haven’t figured that out yet.

The World Series may
be over and it’s the off season, but there’s still a lot going on. It’s
hot stove league season, and lots of trades and things can happen in
the off season. Plus, the big award season is this month. Will Chris
Carpenter or Adam Wainwright win the Cy Young? Will Albert win another
MVP award? And spring training will be here before you know it.

Well, that’s all for tonight. I’ll be back soon with another post. See you then!

Diane