You know, I start a Cardinal blog, and it’s been occasionally tough to find something interesting to write on. I want to keep this site fresh, but sometimes it’s tough to know what to put down on cyber-paper, if you will.
Then I go on vacation, and all the news spills out:
- LaRussa returns to the 1998 experiment and starts hitting the pitcher in the 8th slot.
- The Nationals sweep the Cardinals.
- The Cards tie a MLB record with ten consecutive hits in a game.
- Scott Spiezio goes on the restricted list so as to enter drug and alcohol rehab.
- The prodigal outfielder Rick Ankiel finally makes his second-life major league debut, smacking a homer to boot.
- Ankiel then has a two-home-run day.
- LaRussa and Juan Encarnacion battle it out in the press.
- The pitching staff actually comes around, with quality start after quality start.
- Adam Kennedy is sidelined with knee problems, perhaps for the rest of the season.
- The Cards win 4 of 6 against good teams from San Diego and Los Angeles.
And, in the midst of all of this, even after the slide in Pittsburgh and Washington, the Cards sit 5.5 games out of the NL Central and about 4 games behind the Cubs. After being written off by a lot of people, including me, the Cardinals are still in the thick of things come mid-August.
Let’s hit a few of the points above before moving on to a look-forward of this week: Read the rest of this entry »