Press Release on Game 2

World Series Game 2 – Thursday, October 20, 2011 – 7:05 PM CT

10:00 AM Representatives of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals will join the family of Roberto Clemente on a visit of Loyola Academy of St. Louis.

Starlight Fun Center Donation (11:30 AM): MLB works with Starlight Children’s Foundation to purchase a Fun Center™ on behalf of all four Clubs in the League Championship Series. Today, Vera Clemente along with MLB and Club executives will dedicate the Fun Center at St. Louis’ Children’s Hospital. A Fun Center is a mobile entertainment unit that includes a Nintendo Wii gaming system, a DVD player and flat screen LCD TV monitor.

Roberto Clemente Award Presented by Chevrolet: Major League Baseball will announce the recipient of the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet at a press conference prior to Game Two of the World Series. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions, including sportsmanship and community involvement, on and off the field.

3:00 – 5:45 P.M. A Pre-Game Rally in Ballpark Village (Clark & Broadway)
Live music featuring Fat Pocket and Griffen and the Gargoyles, entertainment, prizes and more
Appearances by Fredbird, Team Fredbird, and the Cardinals Rally Squirrel
Photo opportunities with Mike Matheny, Jack Clark, and the ‘82 and ‘06 World Series trophies

Gates will open at 5:00 P.M. CT

Fans will receive a Rally Towel sponsored by Chevrolet

Pre-Game Ceremony Details:

Budweiser Clydesdales

Roberto Clemente Award presentation on-field ceremony

First Pitch by Lou Brock

National Anthem – Trace Adkins

LaRussa Announces Starting Rotation

There has been reports swirling around Busch Stadium that Carpenter has inflamation in his elbow but Carpenter said that “I am fine, Tony and Duncan would not throw me out there if I wasn’t.”
LaRussa has officially announced his rotation as Carpenter for Wednesday, Garcia for game 2, Lohse for game three and Edwin Jackson for game four. I also heard the Cardinals will also add Westbrook and Schumacher. So this will probably cause McClellan and Chambers to be dropped off the roster.

Ron Washington has announced C.J Wilson for game one and Colby Lewis for game two.

St.Louis Cardinals NLCS Champions!!!!

What a game! At first I thought it was a home run derby. What a way to win against the Brewers! All I can say is here we come Rangers. I have to admit I did not expect the Cardinals to make it this far. I tip my hat to the team with its no nonsense approach. A team that had the worse bullpen at the beginning of the season now have a bullpen that doesn’t crack during the playoffs. This will be the Cardinals 18th National League Pennant, and their record sixth NL title in the League Championship Series era. They’ve been NL champions three times in the past eight years. St. Louis is aiming for its 11th World Series championship — only the Yankees have more — when the 107th Fall Classic begins on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

   
Congrats to David Freese to make NLCS MVP!  Freese deserved to win MVP,  Freese went 3 for 4 with a homer in a four-run first inning that got the Cardinals rolling. It was his third home run of the series and fourth in the NL playoffs.

Freese also scored three times Sunday night and batted .545 (12 for 22) in the NLCS with three homers, three doubles, nine RBIs and seven runs.

His huge postseason is a local story that St. Louis can love: Freese lettered in baseball all four years at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Mo.

                                                                            

Cubs Hire Epstein

Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a five-year, nearly $20 million deal for him to join the team, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney Wednesday.
The $20 million includes the Cubs picking up the conclusion bonus in Epstein’s Red Sox deal, sources said.
Epstein has been to Chicago on two separate occasions to meet with Cubs officials, sources said. He was Red Sox general manager for nine seasons and had one year remaining on his current deal in Boston.
According to sources, Major League Baseball expressed great concern over the compensation package because they do not want this deal to affect how other teams compete in the market for front-office personnel.
A source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN’s Karl Ravech Tuesday that the compensation would involve prospects and/or cash, but no major league players would be part of the deal, following traditional precedent.
WEEI, which first reported an agreement between Epstein and the Cubs, said that a title has not yet been agreed upon, but it has been assumed that he will get a higher title than what he had on the Red Sox, executive vice president/general manager.
Since the possibility of Epstein going to the Cubs first surfaced in August, Red Sox ownership has downplayed the possibility because Epstein is under contract with the Red Sox through 2012. But at no point have Red Sox owners John Henry or Tom Werner ever squashed the talk completely, nor has Epstein definitively ruled out the move.
Neither the Cubs nor Red Sox have formally acknowledged that the Red Sox granted permission to the Cubs to interview Epstein, but an industry source said Tuesday that Cubs owner Tom Ricketts spoke with Epstein last week and that Epstein met with Cubs president Crane Kenney in Chicago last weekend.

Source: ESPN

News and Tidbits

Just got a bit of information in regards to Clint Barmes. If the Astros don’t sign Barmes during the off season, this could get the attention from a slew of teams especially the Cardinals. This shortstop/second baseman would be a cheap pick up. With the possibility of losing Skip Schumacher he could naturaly fit in as a starting second baseman. Keep your eyes on Barmes.

                                                                                  
As seen here with Mark McGwire, assistant batting coach Mike Aldrete might be in the running to be the Athletics batting coach. Early this week the A’s asked the Cardinals for permission to talk with Aldrete in regards to the position.

           
Joe Strauss reports that the Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan might step down due to his wife’s brain malignancy thats getting worse. My prayers are with the Duncan family.                                                             

Robin Ventura Hired for Whitesox Managerial Position

I was hoping for Tony LaRussa to fill the position as Whitesox Manager but Robin Ventura grabbed it instead.

Robin Ventura was easing his way back into baseball with the Chicago White Sox. Hired as an adviser to player development director Buddy Bell in June, it afforded him just the right mix of work and time with his family. When Ozzie Guillen asked out of his contract near the end of the season and eventually ended up in Florida, Ventura was as surprised as anyone.
 And when general manager Ken Williams and Bell talked to him and broached the possibility of succeeding Guillen, he was initially taken aback.

He mulled it over, discussed it with his wife and after a face-to-face meeting with Williams decided it was the right move, facing a challenge in a place where he was comfortable and well-liked for a decade. An offer, it turned out, he couldn’t and didn’t refuse.
“Not having managed before, I did have apprehension,” the former White Sox star third baseman said in a conference call Thursday. “(Williams) never tried to talk me into it. It was more of what was going to be there and be available. Ultimately it was going to be my decision.”
Ventura, known for his slick fielding, clutch hitting and left-handed power, has a good sense of humor and a well-rounded perspective on the game.
Fiery as Guillen? Nope. But he’s had his moments, too.
Who can forget the time he charged the mound after Nolan Ryan plunked him with a pitch in 1993? Once there, Ryan applied a quick headlock and administered several punches before players from both teams reached the confrontation.
And Ventura was tough as a player, too, surviving a grotesque injury in 1997 when he fractured and dislocated ankle in a spring training slide.
Now he’s the 39th White Sox manager overall, a list that includes 17 who played for the team.
“I think there is a challenge there, getting back into the game,” he said.
“I do have a passion for it. I do have a passion for this team and this city. I’m not one to really back away from a lot of things. … The passion is there to do it, I was asked to do it. I’m honored.”
Guillen was released from his contract with one year remaining after eight seasons with the White Sox and immediately was hired by the Florida Marlins as their manager.
“That whole thing surprised me as much as anybody. I figured he would be managing here a long time,” Ventura said of Guillen, his friend and former teammate.
The 44-year-old Ventura played for a host of managers who could influence his style — Jeff Torborg, Gene Lamont, Jerry Manuel, Bobby Valentine, Joe Torre and Jim Tracy.
“I run the gamut on different styles and smart baseball men and just different ways to communicate and get guys to play,” he said.
What kind of manger will he be? Yet to be determined. He said he wants players who care and are accountable.
Ventura was a first-round draft pick of the White Sox out of Oklahoma State in 1988 and spent the first 10 seasons of his 16-year career with Chicago.
After leaving the White Sox, Ventura also played for the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was six-time Gold Glove winner and an All-Star in 1992 and 2002.

AP