A call from the Hall for the White Rat

Congratulations to Whitey Herzog on his call from the Hall!  It was long overdue.  As a fellow southern Illinoisan (Whitey is from New Athens, and I’m from Belleville), I’m pleased as punch that a homestate boy is being inducted in the Hall of Fame.

Whitey Herzog was Cardinal baseball in the 1980’s.  Before Whitey came to St. Louis, the Cards were a sub-par team.  Whitey came in and cleaned house.  As a GM, he wheeled and dealed to get the players he wanted.  He had a great working relationship with Gussie Busch, then the Cards’ owner. 

Whitey created his own brand of baseball, better known as “Whiteyball.”  Whiteyball consisted of stealing bases and manufacturing runs, among other things.  Whiteyball put fans in the stands, excited the baseball faithful, and led to a World Series win for the first time in 15 years.  The Cards also won 2 NL pennants under Whitey’s management, one in 1985 and 1987.  After Whitey left the Cards, he went to the Angels where he helped build that team too. 

I have lots of great memories of Whiteyball.  Thanks to my BFF who bought a lot of Cards tickets on her credit cards, we went to lots of Cards games in the 1980’s.  I used to take my daughter to the Cardinals game.  Bleacher seats were $4.00, and if she could walk under the turnstile, she got in free. Can’t do that anymore!  But she went to the dark side and became a Cubs fan.  That’s one of the ultimate acts of rebellion! 

As Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch puts it so eloquently here, it’s long past time to retire Whitey’s uniform number 24. In my opinion, it should have been on the wall of the new Busch Stadium when it opened.  I look forward to seeing Whitey inducted into the Hall on MLB TV, and if only I could win the lottery, I could be there in person.  I know, I know, I have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than winning the lottery.

In other news, it appears that the Cardinals are giving us another early Christmas present by signing pitcher Brad Penny, once he passes his physical.  Penny will be another reclamation project for Dave Duncan.  The winter meetings are not over yet, so maybe Cardinals fans will receive more Christmas presents in the days ahead.

Time for me to fly!  See you all soon!

Diane

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas –

And ladies, you know what that means – Christmas shopping!  😀  Yes, I know that Christmas is about Jesus Christ, who I love so much.  (And Albert is preaching it too – see here.)  But the Wise Men did bring the baby Jesus some nice gifts, and we still follow that example today. We give to others to remember the great gift of love He gave to us. 

Speaking of Christmas shopping, I did some cyber shopping and found some cute, cute Cardinals stuff you can suggest that your husband/boyfriend/significant other can buy you for Christmas, so to keep in your good graces.  You could also give Cardinals gifts to your best buddies who are Cardinals fans. 

I found a really cute purse on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.  Click here to see it. The Post-Dispatch site also has some cute Cardinals earrings, necklaces and even iPod covers.  Click here to see all the Cardinals products.

The folks at Major League Baseball are no slouches in the women’s accessories department either.  They have some really cute stuff and you can find it all here.  MLB also has some cute women’s shirts and jackets, but they don’t come in plus size (yes, I’m talking to you, Alyssa Milano.  Not all of us are skinny minis like you.)  If you order from MLB, make sure you have the items you want in stock, because there are only 23 days until Christmas, you know!

If your husband/boyfriend/significant other is shopping impaired like my husband is, perhaps you can e-mail the links of the cute Cardinals stuff you want directly to them.  A little hint never hurts!  

The Cardinals themselves gave us an early Christmas present by resigning Jason LaRue.  Yadi is a great catcher and all, but sometimes, he needs a rest (or he gets sick or injured) and Jason is a great backup.  There was a photo of Jason in the Belleville News-Democrat this morning of Jason without his mustache and I didn’t recognize him! 

Well, that’s all for now.  Have a great evening!

Diane