Originally written on during the first week of November, but wasn't posted until November 26.
Dedicated to baseball fans, particularly those of the Cardinals, who can't seem to get their fix now that the season and postseason are over...
Matt Adams: seen the new movie poster?*
Me: nope, i'll look in a sec
Me: wow. the first thing i noticed in the poster was
Me: "i didn't know they made memphis redbirds shot glasses"
Matt Adams: haha
Me: god, i'm going through baseball withdrawl
Matt Adams: it happens
Heh. So the Cardinals won the World Series. In the days immediately following the team's victory and celebration, I realized I'd be going insane without something to fix my baseball addiction...
So what now?
Well, I'll start with a few tidbits of clippings, because I'm bored.
- Critics are owning up to favoring the Tigers so heavily--a choice I actually agreed with, as I'd favored the Tigers in 6 or 7 games. I figured we'd make a fight of it but that they'd have the upper hand with shitty American League home field advantage. Did not bank on their pitchers completely forgetting how to field balls. (Which is why I also think the NLCS was more exciting, as both teams knew how to play and knew how to be clutch.)
- Mike Shannon, during the World Series Championship postgame, said it wouldn't be too far off to believe that La Russa would retire so he wouldn't surpass Red Schoendiest's Cardinal manager wins record. And because after such a long career, it might as well be his time. Well, luckily he was wrong.
- The Cards have an option on Jim Edmonds or else he becomes a free agent. I've read around that the Cards want him for less than his $10 million option costs... We'll see what happens.
- Nine other Cardinals are free agents (Supp, Weaver, Mulder, Marquis, Spiezio, Belliard, Bennett, Wilson, and Vizcaino)
- They're maybe making a movie out of Three Nights in August. (Morgan Freeman as Tony La Russa, lol.)
- And did you know? Players on the winning World Series team get an extra $324,532.72 paycheck, which is worth nearly another year's paycheck for small-role players like Aaron Miles.
For you Cardinals fans looking for stuff to constantly digest during the offseason, I recommend you look no further than:
- Viva El Birdos, which is apparently really popular and authoritative around the 'net
- Cardnilly, whose writing style I enjoy more than V.E.B. They also have a full transcript of an ESPN chat with Ozzie Smith, complete with their own remarks here and there.
- Get Up, Baby! is another popular blog, from what I've seen.
- The Baseball Analysts blog had a pretty cool post on the Cardinals and other frequent readings to digest.
- If you're really bored and want to analyze everything for yourself, then FanGraphs must be the most amazing website ever. I mean, just play around with the graphs and numbers they have on Albert Pujols. Mmm, we can all be baseball statisticians and I loooove it.
- And of course, you can stalk whatever I write about the Cards or baseball in general.
- ...I'm assuming you don't need me to ask if you have the official Cardinals site, ESPN's MLB site, and Sports Illustrated's MLB site bookmarked already.