Get yer GAS CANS!
I don't know much, but I do know that the best way to honor Stan Musial, and to a lesser degree the holiday that is Opening Day, is to NOT get blitzed for 9 runs in the 9th inning of a tied ball game.
Unless, As Bernie Miklasz pointed out this AM, you're taking this whole 13 in '13 thing to another place.
It was like the perfect house party, but instead of going home 1 drink sooner, you blow another shot, then blow chunks all over the carpet.
The Stan Musial tributes? Spot on. The Hall of Fame parade? No other team has that. It's awesome. The harmonica National Anthem? Cool. Jamie Garcia? Showing some spine for the first time in a while against a really good team.
Now just reel in this perfect day...
That's when the bullpen lit fire to everything and sent The Nation screaming for the exits.
Let's take a look at the closer Mitchell Boggs line for 2013: 4 games/ 14.54 ERA/ 2.07 WHIP. Carlos Marmol, the Cubs disposed closer that is getting hammered by fans and his own management alike? 4 games/ 16.88 ERA/ 3.75 WHIP.
Just some perspective.
Looks like Motte was a wee bit more valuable to the team than most of us assumed. Games count the same in April as they do in September. So setting fire to the mound against THE team you'll be chasing in 2013. At home? During the home opener?
Now the Cardinals have to pivot and make sure that they don't let this series get out of hand and have the Reds break from the blocks early with a big lead.
It's not going to be easy. Somebody better check the fire extinguishers.
after brooding over that loss yesterday i've reached the conclusion that this is simply the current state of baseball in st louis. this is the same old cardinals we've been seeing the last couple years. nothing has changed. we came within a game of back to back WS appearances. we have paid for it with blood, sweat, and tears...and ulcers. this is a talented but conservative brand of baseball. the cardinals will tear our hearts out one day, make us swell with pride the next. non-believers will become believers will become non-believers. and so it goes. grab your valium and get ready for 2013.