For some reason Cards Diaspora still hasn't been kicked out of the UCB (United Cardinal Bloggers), so while we're still in kind of good standing, we're going to take a crack at the postseason awards ballot.
You can also vote if you're so inclined: LINK HERE
Player of the Year:
Yadi. No brainer.
Pitcher of the Year:
Kyle Lohse. You know, there was a point in time where Kyle's 4 year/ 44M contract was the worst contract in the history of the Cardinals. He was 10-18 from 2009 through 2010 with a 5.65 ERA and body language that made Sad Keanu look like a Glee extra. 2 years later and the Cardinals can't afford him. Go figure.
Game of the Year:
7/16 vs Brewers. Down 2-0 on the road in the top of the 9th, the Cardinals were in one of their patented dry streaks. The Brewers were playing with fire, loading the bases and getting 2 outs before Matt Holliday stepped in and hit a bases loaded single to tie the game. Allen Craig completed the comeback with a single. A beautiful, unexpected win that, in retrospect, really put the Brewers out of contention in the NL Central.
Performance of the Year:
Carlos Beltran. 4-5 2 HR/7RBIs 05/02/12 vs The Pirates. A flawless game from a suspiring season.
Surprise Player of the Year:
Carlos Beltran. We thought we'd forget about Albert Pujols by the time his contract with the Angels ended. Carlos made him a distant memory by May. Pete Kozma's late season run was surprising. But in totality, Beltran was the free agent gift that kept on giving.
Disappointing Player of the Year:
Lance Berkman. 90% of people that walk into a casino are up at one point. 80% of those 90% give their winnings back plus some.
Rookie of the Year:
Joe Kelly. Dude was a spot starter. A fireman out of the pen. And pretty damn reliable for a rookie.
Late in the day Thursday, the stories about Freese's car wreck started circulating, by 8p, we had a picture. It's hard to not assume the worst, considering the crash was in daylight, the weather was nice, it's the off-season and holidays are generally a time for parties.
Luckily, it looks like David ran off the road to avoid a collision with a deer. Putting the wild in Wildwood. He followed police procedures and has told everyone that he's not hurt.
St. Louis is serious about their Cardinals. And when a Cardinal grows up in St. Louis, becomes a World Series MVP? He's pretty much all our adopted son. Thankfully all that was damaged here was a murdered out Range Rover and what looks to be a 10-year old white ash.*
Let's get this man a driver and and rental car ASAP, Mr. DeWitt. If our off-season is going to be boring, then let's keep it boring.
*Probably not a white ash. Probably not 10 years old.
Ed Note:This article was originally published in 2008 on Cards Diaspora by Mountain Fresh (nee Fresh WC) after the devastating news that Rusty’s, an Edwardsville IL ‘Skanksgiving’ tradition was shuttered.
For whatever reason, this article got put up in 2009, 2010 & 2011 and by giving it some run again, we've created a monster. As long as this site is in operation, the day prior to Thanksgiving will have this post up...
The vast majority of you will not find this post amusing/entertaining in the least. But it’s become something I look forward to reading every year on this day.
So I hope you’ll indulge us posting this again…
Skanksgiving:a time to share joy, cocktails, and inflated stories of success with the majority of your graduating high school class.
“People who get excited about NYE are d-bags. Skanksgiving is where it’s at,” offered loyal CD reader and problem drinker John Bucher. “If every day was Skanksgiving, you could say goodbye to the Taliban and hello to world peace.”
But it won’t be all fun and games for one quiet St. Louis suburb this year.
This brimming hamlet’s 28,000+ residents began their 2009 Skanksgiving with a burning and all important question: “ Where the hell am I supposed to go tonight now that Rusty’s is closed?
Edwardsville, Illinois: Baseball Town, USA. – once the home to Rusty’s Restaurant, a place thousands of proud Edwardsville Tigers felt was the Skanksgiving capital of the world. One of Edwardsville’s first victims of the recent economic downturn, Rusty’s had their final last call June 4, 2008- and closed their doors forever.
Current dentist and future rehab visitor Beau Moody offered the CD his take:
“I mean…I’m never going to go to a class reunion- Skanksgiving at Rusty’s was as close as it’s ever going to get for me. I love Laurie’s, but it’s just not the same. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with this tragedy.”
Downtown watering holes Laurie’s Place, the Stagger Inn (Again), and Cleo’s stand ready to pick up the slack, but it won’t be enough for local attorney Tom Ludwig. “ I wouldn’t even step foot in Rusty’s any day other than Skanksgiving. Now that it’s gone, I guess I’ll just stay home this year. I’m deeply saddened by our community’s loss.”
Though many intend to move on with their lives and give the recently re-badgedBig Daddy’stheir business this Skanksgiving, some are unable to let go.
As early as Sunday evening, flyers were circulating the streets of Edwardsville calling for a gathering in the now vacant Rusty’s parking lot for a Candle&Natural Light vigil to mourn the legend of Rusty’s Skanksgiving. But regardless of tonight’s plans, the landscape of Edwardsville’s night-before-major-holidays-nightlife is forever changed.
Let's get this out of the way right now. Because it's true, A and its B non-relevant to the Guns N' Roses conversation.
Especially now, at 50, it's clear that Axl's voice has seen better days, evidenced by the fact that at a couple points during his Saturday Night show at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas his voice backing track kept going when he pointed his mic into the crowd.
It's hard to say if Axl was ever a great vocalist.
Interesting, yes. Great? I'm not so sure. Plus, over the past 10 years or so, as he's branched out into his own entity while maintaining the GnR moniker, he's produced very little art that's penetrated the mainstream consciousness.
However, Axl Rose is also the most interesting person I've seen on the stage.
It's impossible to attend a GnR show and not watch him 100% of the time. He's the quintessential rockstar. And when Axl is in the room, he owns the room. He does not give a shit who you are or what you're doing. This is his room now. He's the honeybadger.
This was my first time seeing Guns N' Roses and now that I've been through the fire, here are the 5 things you need to know about the show:
1) Axl leaves the stage.
All. The Time. If I had to guess, he averages at least 3 exits stage left... PER SONG. It's easy to be all "he must be doing coke or something", but that's wrong. He may be doing coke, but he can't be every 2 minutes.
It's a bizarre tick. But one that everyone seems to accept. Including the guy who's sole job it is to open the curtain when Axl comes off the stage and then comes back on.
Sometimes he goes out for long guitar solos and changes his outfits. Sometimes he leaves for like 5 seconds (literally). But this is the "rockstar" thing I'm talking about... I couldn't take my eyes off of what he was doing.
2) You better like guitar solos.
Because every single song has a loooooooong one. Comically long. He has 4 axemen on stage and each one of them gets their solos. At one point, I thought that these might be openly baiting us into leaving.
Which reminds me...
3) This show does not cheat you.
3+ hours. No breaks. Just song after song after song. By the time he closed the show with 'Paradise City' around 3 am, there were 3 people left in my row of 20. And those bitching solos are a bit more cumbersome when you're just ready to go do something else.
You kind of wish you were cheated.
This probably stems from Axl's control issues and the fact that the Hard Rock probably signed him with the understanding he'd do whatever the hell he wanted.
But if a producer was able to cut the show by an hour. Take out some of the new crap. And tighten up the solos, you've got an A+++ show.
However, Axl has now gone full Affliction and cowboy hats. I guess if you're a rockstar you can't go to Bonobo's and get some reasonably priced (and well-fitting) chinos and call it a day.
Still, it's kind of embarrassing how many outfits everyone in the band with though.
It was weird.
5) And that's exactly the word I'm looking for.
The crowd was weird. Everything from die-hards to 20 year-olds wanting to go retro. Yuppies and drunks and housewives all in this stew of humanity, listening to rock.
I don't know if Mr. Rose has political aspirations, but if he did, I think he might finally be able to bring this country back together. It's hard to imagine any band or act anywhere that can cross over so many ages, demos and archetypes.
He might be the perfect President.
Get everyone together, then leave stage left before he wore out his welcome.
Anyone else get a little caught off guard with these new uniforms?
Let's backtrack a bit here.
You know that you're living in a baseball town when a full-blown news conference is called, replete with live coverage and no commercial interruption and multiple speakers... to show off an alternate jersey.
I could be wrong, but San Diego changes their uniforms the 1st and 15th of every other month. I don't think it even makes the blogs.
Anyway, I'm watching (KSDK) and see that the Cardinals are unwrapping a brand new uniform that they'll wear on Saturdays, at home.
Shouldn't I have heard about this before this very moment? How'd they keep this so secret? A new jersey is a new jersey, though and up and to the right, you see it.
What do you think?
I hate it.
It's not ugly by any means, but I hate it. The Cardinals don't need it. They don't need a third jersey. They have a grey one and a white one and it has nothing on it but the logo and I like it like that and you're not going to change my mind.
I know they want to goose holiday sales, (after all, a 3 game choke doesn't sell as well as a World Series around the gift buying season) but I can't think we're boosting these cream colored duds from the Giants.
BOOOOO! We couldn't win 1 out of three games, we don't need to copy EVERYTHING they do.
It'll be a hit. People will buy it. Maybe I'll come around.
I think I've been able to distill the real disappointment of 2012.
As we've moved on from the NLCS debacle and accepted the ultimate fate of the Cardinals, the reason that we've been unable to let this fully go is boring, but true.
We don't have anything to look forward to until April.
See, I told you it was stupid simple.
But as opposed to last off-season, one that saw the subtraction of Pujols and the addition on Beltran, there is little hope for drama. Kyle Lohse is leaving. The Cardinals have said they're aren't pressing needs that require a splash.
The Cardinals are pretty well set, sans some minor tinkering. They won't be making an signing that is going to register on the front page of ESPN. Hell, the front page of the ESPN Baseball section is a pipe dream.
What we're really excited for it to see Shelby Miller or Trevor Rosenthal in action again. Or if Oscar Taveras can make the club. And those answers aren't coming in the Hot Stove season. They'll be bore out during spring.
Again, it's not a bad thing to have a contending team that's stable. It's a very good thing.
It makes the off-season looooooooong. And when the calendar barely says November, it's hard to find the silver lining in maintaining the status quo.