Happy Opening Day 2014, MLB Fans!

YADICOVERMost of my writing these days is over at BleedinBlue.com where I wax poetic on the trials and tribulations of the St. Louis Blues. This year there have been fewer tribulations and a lot of success, and the playoffs are only 2 weeks away. Today is Opening Day of the 2014 Major League Baseball season for the St. Louis Cardinals who are picked by most to win the Central Division. Some even think they’ll go all the way to the World Series again.

There have been three MLB games already played, all involving the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team I loathe and for whom I wish nothing but failure and misery. Today is the real Opening Day, and the Cards are in Cincinnati for a three game series against another team worthy of intense hatred and disgust, the Reds. They’re thugs and punks and will no doubt cry, “Woe is me!” when the Cards whoop their ass this week due to a myriad of big names starting the season for the Reds on the Disabled List.

While you’re waiting for the game to start, an afternoon affair that begins at 3:10 St. Louis time, go read a very good article on the Cardinals from Sports Illustrated’s by Ben Reiter. The article is on his blog, and talks about the wealth of depth that makes St. Louis a perennial contender. Ben also has the cover story for the March 31 issue, a wonderful piece on Cardinals MVP Yadier Molina. Go get it from your local newstand, it’s good stuff.

 

3 Years Already?

Apparently, I registered and started blogging with WordPress 3 years ago today. Feels like it’s been longer. 

I had every intention of writing more this year, and that could still happen, but so far, not so much. I write often for BleedinBlue.com, a St. Louis Blues Hockey site sponsored by Fansided.com, but that’s only Blues stuff. It’s definitely a passion of mine, but personal writing has taken a backseat to the NHL and Real Life for now.

I’ve read great books I could rave aboutImage. The Martian, by Alan Weir, his 1st novel, was one of the most enjoyable I’ve ever read.

I’ve seen movies I could share opinions on. Gravity, for example, was visually stunning and very intense, but I didn’t really care for the story, thought it was too cheesy in places, and really hated the ending. I’m glad Bullock didn’t win Best Actress, it was far from Oscar worthy.

I’ve listened to a LOT of new music, one of the best albums being Broken Bells – After the Disco Image

I’ve been to restaurants I could rave about, places like J. Greene’s Pub and Sushi Bistro in Kirkwood. Get the fish sandwich and a Civil Life Brown at the Pub and try the Fuji Roll at the Bistro.

Those are the kinds of things I like to write about because I enjoy sharing my opinion, but I still have fiction to write, it’s in my head, I just haven’t made time to write any lately. Thanks to all who follow along and especially to those who engage with or share what I have to say here. Here’s to (at least) 3 more years!

Sizing Up The Cardinals in The Spring

Dan always has some level-headed things to say about the Cardinals and this post is no different. I have to say I agree with just about everything he says here, possibly excepting the Matt Carpenter deal BUT I don’t think it’s terrible, just seems like a really long deal for a guy who has had one great season.

Sure, we can expect him to be consistent, and his ability to stay healthier than Alan Craig is an important distinction between the two core members of this dynastic team.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dan, and I’ll echo your sentiment that I sure hope people can reel in their emotions during Spring games. Give it a few more weeks before you start thinking the sky is falling on the Cards- what? You all know you’ll be thinking that the first time they lose a game 😉

Dose of Buffa

Good morning folks,

Fresh off work and a hit and run with the gym, I wanted to take the chance to talk about the Cards today. While I officially cover the Cards for Sports Rants and do most of workCardinals_Spring_Base_inev_________t607 there, I wanted to take a detour and present to you a bullet round that covers the recent actions of the team. Things to remember, a fresh take on certain players and maybe a few surprises.

  • Stop worrying about Oscar Taveras’ health. Sure, the kid can’t stay healthy and is showing more signs of becoming the next J.D. Drew than the second coming of Albert Pujols but it’s still early. He hasn’t played a major league game yet and deep down, the Cards aren’t counting on him to contribute a ton this season.  They didn’t trade Matt Adams for a reason and traded for Bourjos. Insurance for the plight of…

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