Some weeks ago while attending the 2nd Annual United Cardinal Bloggers Dinner, a rep from Burton History Trees presented us a very cool proposal. We where given a rough copy to look over the St.Louis Cardinals Tree to add new information on players not listed and suggest Redbird lingo. This unique way of art is a must have. Artist Bruce Burton has created a savvy way to honor your favorite local sports team the St.Louis Cardinals. His tree is created with present players to former Cardinal players. This is a must have for the essential Cardinal Fan! Check out the Burton History Tree ad to the left and click to check out the website for other pieces of art work. Please let me know what you all think…..
Could it be? Carpenter back and ready to pitch again as the season winds down? Well its true, he has not thrown a pitch since July 19 when he had season ending surgery. He was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome which shut him down for most of the season. With plenty of bullpen sessions Carp has fought his way back to actually get off the DL and possibly get three starts by the end of the 2012 season. Chris has always had a strong presence in the Cardinals rotation. With Carpenter back he could help push the Cardinals win the Wild Card spot.
One afternoon I was watching the MLB Network when they where talking about the Toronto Bluejays. With my attention on something totally different I caught the reporter talking about the first Brazilian to play Major League Baseball. With a huh and a what?! I rewinded the DVR to find them talking about Yan Gomes. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil Yan and his family moved to the United States when he was a small child. Yan was introduced to baseball as a young child when a family friend that was a baseball coach from Cuba began to work with young Yan while living in Brazil. Gomes attended Miami South Ridge High School… Played two years at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Barry University in Miami, majoring in Psychology… 2007 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and All-SEC selection… Started 13 games at catcher with Tennessee in 2007 when filling in for current Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia… Had nine RBI in a 2008 doubleheader while with Tennesee, which included a walk-off grand slam. Yan is now on the active roster. He has been optioned several times down to the minors off and on during the summer. He was finally called up for roster expansion Sept. 7th. He fills in at catcher and first base. Yan Gomes bats right and throws right handed. He was drafted by the Bluejays in the 10th round of the 2009 draft. The Bluejays are high on Gomes talents even though he has a low batting average. He is able to play four different positions which makes me very dependable.
News coming out about Jake Westbrook possibly out for the rest of the season due to a strained oblique. Apparently the injury happened during the Brewers game. Westbrook has not been pitching well since signing a new contract with the Cardinals a few weeks ago. On the other hand the good news is a possible return of Chris Carpenter but don’t expect Carp to take over Westbrooks job. Matheny has Lance Lynn in mind along with Shelby Miller to fill in for Westbrook.
It’s finally official Lance Berkman is having season ending surgery on his right knee, ouch! The surgery, which will remove meniscus from Berkman’s knee, will be the sixth of his career. It will be the fourth operation on his right knee, which has caused problems all season. Well, there goes a power bat that helped the Cardinals last year to get into post season play. With Lance off the roster the Cardinals called up Steven Hill, a catcher from the Memphis team.
William DeWitt III and GM John Mozeliak
If your a Blogger that covers Cardinal Baseball and has no idea what the UCB(United Cardinal Bloggers) are, man you missed out on a great weekend. The festivities started Saturday Night at Patricks Resturant at Westport Plaza. The food and company was awesome. Saw some familiar faces and met some new Bloggers too. One cool item of note from the dinner had to do with a website called anycitysportsfan This is a forum for sports fans to connect with other fans of the same team in whatever city they may live. This helps sports fan to meet and enjoy your favorite sports team together. What a great idea for displace Cardinal fans to find others to watch and talk about their beloveded Cardinals. On Sunday I was able to attend a Q&A with William DeWitt III and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. DeWitt did announce that the Cardinals will begin breaking ground in late October or early November for the Ballpark Village . Looks like its finally happening. Mozeliak talked about the struggles of the 2012 Season in regards to injuries like Westbrook the other night. The bright is the availability of Shelby Miller to help out. With the up and coming minor league players he defintely feel the Cardinals Future is very bright. He also mention that during the off season he will be able to tinker in regards to adding some minor needs. I wonder what he has in mind? pitching? Well the rest of the afternoon was fun. The food was out of this world. They offered bacon wrapped hotdogs and brisket to die for. The Cardinals had two party suites for the Bloggers and served different types of food in each suite. I mainly hang out in the Lou Brock suite. To end the afternoon that Cardinals pulled out a win against the Brewers with a 5-4 win. The Cardinals are headed west to play the Padres and the Dodgers. I am now looking forward to next years UCB event.
Shelby Miller the Cardinals darling of the minor leagues has his ups and downs with Cardinals in the past few years even this summer his name was popping up in trade runors for the Cardinals to stay afloat in the NL Centrals Wild Card race. The Cardinals plan to activate Miller Sept. 4 since tomorrow is the the last day of the AAA season. According to Joe Strauss the Cardinals are denying their move to call of Shelby. His promotion is a good idea to begin with at this point. Shelby pitches a
high 90s and a decent breaking ball, which has helped him strike out 66 hitters and walk only six in his last nine outings. He had struck out 100 and walked 44 in his first 18 starts. If Miller can continue to pitch at a rate of strike out to walk he should help the Cardinals clinch the Wild Card spot.