Times are tough.
Way back when this site was launched in 2006, RVB and I made a pledge that if a company contacted us and wanted to give our readers something, we'd do it. And over the years, we've had some OK give aways.
But today? Today we're giving away cash. $100 in cash from Chevy Keys to STL.
And they couldn't make it any easier.
Go to their Twitter account and follow them (LINK HERE). Then at the end of the day, they'll tell us who followed them today and we'll draw a winner.
THAT. IS. IT.
You followed Octomom, dummy. You can follow an account that is Tweeting about cool crap happening in St. Louis.
I'll post the winner of the drawing in the comment section tomorrow. You have until 11:59a CST to follow their account to win. And yes, this is just for Cards Diaspora readers, so your chances are VERY good.
UPDATE: We have a winner: @Brian_Haenchen
Thanks to everyone that played and followed. (I'd have put that in the comments, but the site won't let me comment. What a professional operation we're running.)
Times are tough.
In 2004 I was working full time at a landscaping company and then hosting a radio show from 4p to 7p on the local ESPN Radio affiliate in Knoxville TN.
My partner on the show was a huge Astros fan. And I'll never forget sitting in the studio well after the (terrible) show had ended, watching Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cards and 'Stros. We had tickets to Game 7 and would be leaving the station and heading straight to STL if the Cards won.
So we were off. And my buddy, although shamed to admit it, was giddy. The Cardinals hadn't been to a World Series in forever (17 years) and the Astros, well the Astros had never been.
Worse, at least for me, was that Jeff Suppan was getting the nod in Game 7. His opponent? The Rocket. Roger Clemens. In the midst of his 7th Cy Young season. Looking to become THE legend in Houston and take them to baseball's holy land.
Then this happened.
I still feel bad for my buddy. He was one of MAYBE 5 people wearing Astros gear in Old Busch Stadium that night. Walking out of the gates, I still remember 2 separate news crews approaching him to get a reaction shot.
Man, that had to be the worst.
I bring this moment up, because the Astros are in town and because the Astros are terrible.
Clemens was 41 (!) in 2004. Nearly 10 years later, people are clamoring for him to come back and make a start? I didn't get it. Sure, I saw Houston's record and would admit that a gimmick for the die-hards that locked into season tickets back in the spring and can't even give them away now would be fair.
After watching two nights of the Astros, bring on the Clemens.
Not only could Astros fans get a bar argument chip (You think your team's bad? Mine hired a 51 year old... 5 years after he retired!), but we'd get to see Clemens, perhaps, take one last final beating from the Cardinals, who travel to Houston next week.
Win and win.
The Astros are bad. Like real bad. Like so bad that when we complain about the Cardinals, it's like complaining that the caviar at this cocktail party is way to fucking twangy to be served on rye mini toasts.
Bring back The Rocket. A failure to launch would be just the tonic everyone needs in Houston.
It's not something I'm proud of, but I used to write for Bleacher Report.
I know. I'll have to carry that shame with me as long as I live. It's my burden.
Today Bleacher Report follows a pretty simple model. SEO Bait. And then SEO Bait some more. Ever do a search for "St. Louis Cardinals"? Chances are you'll see something like this:
They are SEO masters.
And the headlines are even better: "5 Reasons The Cardinals are the SF Giants EASIEST 1st Round Opponent".
WHAAA? My beloved Cardinals are playoff pushovers? *CLICK*
Then I get this:
I'll spare you the rest of the list... but if you're leading with a 3-3 head to head record and Chris Carpenters nuts in big games... FAIL.
Doesn't matter to B/R, though. They've got your click recorded. Nearly 1300 as of the time I found this artcile. Written by a man that was encouraged to make a list, even if the list didn't hold an iota of merit.
Just a heads up, I guess. None of this is going to change, until we stop clicking on these silly headlines and make B/R do better.
They can do better.
Over the weekend Modern Family star (and Kansas City native) Eric Stonestreet had a run-in with a Cardinal fan at Dodger stadium.
Sorry if the Royals suck again, Stonestreet... but don't bail on your team and try to act like you're a Dodger fan. We know your true colors!
That was the single most dramatic, exciting and exhausting series the Cardinals have played all season that meant absolutely nothing. They came in to LA up 1 game for the last Wild Card spot. They left LA up 1 game for the last Wild Card spot. In between, some tense baseball. They should have had a little roshambo or something for a half-game just to make it worth the time...
Whoa Rams. I've gotten pretty comfortable being able to make plans on Sunday now. Are we trying to change that? You can read all my thoughts over at SB Nation later on Monday, but here's what I'll say on Steven Jackson's "groin injury": There is no groin injury. And unless you want to ask a 6'3" 240 beast of a RB about it, then we'll all move along and act like it's a real thing. Like the Tooth Fairy or Santa...
I'm too lazy to figure it out, but I bet the Cardinals have lost like 15 games they really should have won. Like that one on Saturday night. The ump punches out Gordon at second base and it's a win. Instead, Motte blows the save. That one actually should have been a win. And it seems like the Cardinals have a game a week where they should have won. Not could of, should...
Is a 40 man roster too much? I get it. Want to get as many guys some coffee in the bigs. But I really makes me feel like a shitty fan when I don't have a clue who some of these guys are. Hill? Who are you Hill? Maybe have like 30 be the new September roster. The Cardinals get to add 5 players and I feel like we could all keep track of 5 more. 15 more, though? We've got lives here...
I saw a kid who was 4 literally cry over his iPad not having wi-fi access to NetFlix. He was screaming he wanted NetFlix as his mother told him he's outside at a BBQ and that the wi-fi wasn't in existence. I'm pretty sure through the tears he referenced 3G. Think about that for a second and let that sink in. Kid is 4. The next generation of people on this planet take instant streaming of movies and TV for granted. They don't care about signal strength. They want their mother fucking streaming video. I bet they're going to invent some wicked cool technology...
Vin Scully. Still kicking. Still a one-man booth. Still the best going...
Cardinals start a stretch of 9 very easy games. Win 7 and they're all but assured a playoff spot. They survived a 2-5 road trip, somehow, and are in control of their destiny. Got to beat down the bottom feeders this week...
Last night, around 11:15 Allen Craig hit a double, nearly getting thrown out at second base to lead off the 6th inning.
Moving on contact, Craig was called out when Yadier Molina's single to the shortstop hit him. I paused the TV. Took a picture of the exact moment the ball struck Craig and was fully prepared to post that picture alone after the loss with the headline "The End". You see it over there on the right.
I opened up a new post as soon Daniel Descalso flied out to left to end the inning. The post was ready to go.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the *NEW worst loss of the season. The Cardinals scratched out a run in the 7th, and then got 3 sterling innings from Mujica, Boggs and Motte. (Side: How are the Dodgers not dominating with Kemp/Gonzo/Ramirez in the middle of the lineup?)
It's only sort of hyperbole, but that win kept the Cardinals in the postseason chase for at least the rest of the season. The Dodgers can only have the Cards leave LA down one... at the worst. More likely will be a split that leaves everyone where they were.
The sweep was avoided and the Cardinals will live to fight on another week.
A couple of other observations, in no particular order:
1) Can Jon Jay hit the ball out of the infield anymore? He's now batter under .240 ont he road and over .380 at home. But I'm seriously trying to figure out the last time he hit it out of the infield and can't. You figure he'd get lucky at some point and pop it up 150 feet or something.
2) Josh Beckett. Dude. You can't get thrown out at first from right field. That's some super weak shit right there.
3) I've watched baseball for a long time. You probably have to. And I feel comfortable saying that I've never seen a catcher - ever - be able to throw out runners like Yadier Molina. It's spectacular.
Now, The Friday Links.
- Oh, punny. LINK HERE
- 90s problems. LINK HERE
- Birds stealing food from humans. LINK HERE
- Farting in the hood. LINK HERE
- Breaking Ned. LINK HERE
- Andy Murray. LINK HERE
That just happened, huh?
In the midst of final three weeks of the season, the Cardinals started the penultimate road trip of 2012 by getting swept. Against a team 9 games under .500. At least they were, until the Cardinals came to down.
Yup. The Fathers whipped off their work belt and went to town on the bare asses of the feckless basballers we call Cardinals.
Massively ineffective hitting with runners in scoring position? Check. Continuing inability to get runners home from third with less than 2 outs? Check. Carlos Beltran falling of the face of the fucking earth? CHECK.
I mean, what the hell is going on out there? It's like we're watching the Astros. Or maybe a enhanced re-enactment of the Astros if their highlights were on Fox News and all their players were ranking Democrats in the House.
Worse, the rudderless Cardinals are now heading into Los Angeles for 4 games, ostensibly fast forwarding to the end of the season and deciding the second Wild Card team over the weekend. Win 3 and the Cardinals are golden. Lose 3 and the Cardinals are forked. Either team takes 4, it's time to pour champagne over each other.
What a mess. You were not ready for this weekend. You had things to do. Now we've all got to start the playoff level of watching games ASAP.
The Cardinals have come into our houses the past three nights and crapped on the floor. Then smushed it in, just to make a point.
It's the dog days of summer. Many teams are playing out the string. And their marketing departments are doing pretty much anything (re: Roger Clemens) to gin up some publicity.
The Mets? They're going with dick jokes.
Here's an email that popped up yesterday in the CD Mailbox. Thanks to M.R. for the tip.
Or maybe the drones mapped Busch Stadium when Dennys Reyes was still with the Cards?
Still... poor form, Google.
The Cardinals were on the precipice of putting to bed a really, really poor weekend for STL sports fans.
Mizzou learned the hard way that the SEC isn't playing "old man football" after all and moved the line for the Alabama game up 7 points.
The Rams rolled into Detroit looking to pull off the marquee upset in the NFL for Week 1 and almost got the job done until the Rams remembered they were the Rams and in the last two minutes snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, had quietly lost the first two of a series agains the Brewers at home, keeping a very uncomfortable lead ahead of the Dodgers and Pirates for that second Wild Card spot. That included a marathon that lasted until 2:05 Saturday morning that was pissed away roughly 345 times.
They carried the lead into the 9th inning Sunday before Jason Motte got apple sauced and the Cardinals were again, in the position of working overtime but getting beat.
They didn't though. The Wrench drove in The Carpenter and the Cardinals ended a melancholy weekend on a very rare high note.
Let's watch the video. And forget that any of this happened. Cool?