Ryan Franklin's stink is growing every single time he comes out to pitch. It's not even that he's the fault at this point. But when he goes in, the other guys on the team start over thinking and pressing and soon Theriot is dropping pop flies and singles are driving in the winning run. It's unfair to everyone to keep using Franklin at this point. The Cardinals need to do the responsible thing and shut him down for 15 days and get him away. Might not work, but everyone is on eggshells when he's on the bump...
Rams Draft: B. I love the Robert Quinn pick in the 1st round. And if 1 of the 3 WR's/TE can pan out for Bradford in 2011 (?) then I think the Rams did what they needed to do. It'll be a great draft if that OLB from OSU or any of hte DB's show something. If you want to read my profile on the Rams 1st round selection, LINK HERE...
To quote a famous St. Louisan: I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. - Mark Twain...
The Cardinals really have been in pretty much every game this season, besides a couple. Over the next month, I think we'll start to get a sense if this is a scrappy bunch of overachievers that is just grinding early on or a real threat in the NL. Shore up that pen and the Cardinals could easily be 12-15 games over .500 at this point...
66 years to the day of Adolf Hitler's death, Osama Bin Laden is killed. You can't make this up...
The name in and of itself is enough to send a cold shiver up your spine. The dude has been odoriferous as a pile of horse shit. More dank that a 3 day old wet sock. So poor it's surprising he doesn't have a guitar case open on the mound while hurling.
And, really, I'm probably being nice.
Franklin thrust himself into the spotlight this off-season. And in a good way. He took to Twitter hard and was one of the few athletes I've seen on the social networking site that would pretty much respond to anyone that Tweeted at him. Didn't matter how stupid or benign the inquiry was, Franklin was sending out responses and breaking down the walls of athlete v fandom at an alarming rate. No, he wasn't Kobe Bryant or Albert Pujols... but he was a bonafide MLB pitcher and the closer for a team that chances are you root for.
Then he Tweeted a picture where Pujols was in his underwear in the background.
The rest is a downhill journey that's pretty remarkable. From opening day he can't get an out. And this week in Houston he was brought in with a 6-0 lead before getting tagged with 2 earned runs and a quick hook. Soon the Cardinals were in a battle for a win. You can't put all 5 runs on Franklin, but even before April is out, doesn't it feel like Franklin's SO bad that when he comes it, this rut he's in rubs off on everybody.
Fans, players- I mean it's like he's got Ebola or something. We don't want to even think about it. LaRussa doesn't want to be asked about it. Everybody just wants the guy to go away.
Maybe not forever. Like I said, his Twitter relationships he made this winter went a long way with most rational people. They root for the dude because he's just like us... only a bit richer and a bit cooler... but other than that, totally like us! But the Cardinals have to be smart here and make sure a proud guy doesn't taint whatever legacy he has and whatever season they have by continuing to let Franklin pitch.
It's not fair to anyone.
Time for the phantom rib cage pull. Or the classic arm fatigue and get Franklin away from the game for a couple of weeks. In fact, send the guy to some tropical island and don't let him even know what the team is up to. Have him come back at the end of May and maybe give him a go. If he's still toast, pay the man, and shut him down.
It's gone beyond pissing up wins and on to infestation of everyone in the clubhouse. And when, as a team, you start worrying about the well being of a struggling player at the detriment of the other 24 guys? Well, you're in for trouble.
And probably another year without the playoffs.
Now, the Friday Links...
- Hipsters? Need not apply. LINK HERE
- People, in pizza cosutmes, becoming pizza. LINK HERE
- The most awesome slingshots ever made. LINK HERE
- 10 videos of people running into screen doors. LINK HERE
- Type creepy. Just like in the movies. LINK HERE
- Tom Haver Foods. LINK HERE
Have a big weekend.
You're a Cardinals fan, so you want the good news first. You NEED the good news first.
The Good News is that we had the opportunity to spend a few minutes on the phone with the greatest shortstop to ever live, #1, Ozzie Smith.
The Bad News is two-fold.
First, I conducted said interview. Let's just say that Costas has nothing to worry about. Keep quietly collecting Emmy's, Bob. More importantly, the software we used to record the interview turned out to be total crap. So we have approximately 7 mins of good audio and 3 minutes of pure, unadulterated annoying audio.
We're sorry, baby, we didn't mean it.
Without further ado:
Link to Pepsi Max Spot Mentioned: LINK HERE
It sounds real asshol-ish to say, but the Cards are a good team @ 12-10. But realistically, if they didn’t have Ryan Franklin, they’d probably be 15-7. And if they had a dominant closer, they would be 17-5. The starting pitching, sans 3 outings has been stellar. The first week hitting woes are a thing of the past. And they’re still waiting on Pujols to really get on a tear…
Surprisingly, the drunken Cardinal fans that stuck around after the game and molested the Baseball Tonight set made STL look like a damn fun place. ESPN couldn’t stop fawning about “what an atmosphere” they had and how it was “like they’d won the World Series”. Nice work people that don’t have jobs and can get ripped on the holiest of holidays…
Here’s what I like to see at Cardinal games, people:
I’ll just say it. If Lance Berkman would have played his whole career in STL, he’d be as popular as Stan Musial and a much bigger star than he is. The dude has erased 10 years of killing the Cardinals in about a month…
Let’s embrace this Reds ‘rivalry’ while we have a chance. Eventually the lack of attendance and revenue in Ohio will catch up to them and some of these young stars will not re-sign and the Reds will have to do everything all over again with a new batch of players that will fail to do anything…
We need more players like Brandon Phillips. Sports are more fun with villans…no comments
Last Friday I deep teased an interview that Fresh WC had pending with Ozzie Smith. I’m happy to report that those two were able to connect on a very witty and informative level.
For some reason the audio the last 150 seconds or so sucked, which happened to be some of the best parts of the talk. So we’ve got people smarter than us (read: anyone) trying to clean up that last bit of digital conversation and will get it up in one form or another next week.
This weekend the Reds come into town- what say you Brandon Phillips:
Oh, and don’t forget about when the Reds were having open rooting sessions for Wainwright to be shut down for the season: LINK HERE
You get the point.
Hopefully the Cardinals brought on Cam Janssen for a series.
Now, the Friday Links…
- Pi is opening in downtown STL. LINK HERE
- How long can you endure NYAN Cat? LINK HERE
- Mel Gibson's new movie, The Beaver, is being called a masterpiece. For real. LINK HERE
- A lesson in taunting. LINK HERE
- The Trump electoral map. LINK HERE
- Sad thing, I actually got excited that this was real. LINK HERE
When we get offers to give things away, we take offers to give things away.
Predict the final score/winner for today's (4/21/11) Cardinals and Nationals game and win a newspaper. A newspaper that's a compelation of all the NY Times big articles about the St. Louis Cardinals.
Post your guess and win. And if you want to order your own - St. Louis Cardinals History
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The Post-Dispatch will probably try to count this post as circulation...
Happy 4:20, braugh.
Why today? Why April 20th? Somebody told me a long time ago that 4-20 was police code for pot. This is most certainly false, but I've stood by this reasoning for years, so I'm not backing down now.
I don't smoke pot, but I am the asshole who snickers when somebody at work mentions it's 4:20. Therefore I feel inclined to present the 4 players most widely assumed to smoke pot. Please note that these players have never been actually proven to smoke the kind, but rather, if this news did matriculate down the news cycle, you wouldn't be even remotely surprised.
1- Rick Ankiel. Because players chief, that's why.
2- Kieth Hernandez. Because nothing brings your coke high down like a phatty J.
3- Larry Bigbie. Because when your tummy hurts, you need to numb the pain.
4- Tito Landrum. Because he could.
Again, these players haven't burned one down with any of the CD Staff, but we're not saying we'd totally be against it either. Just that we have our suspicions about these 4.
Feel free to add any suggestions we missed.
A few observations:
1) Holy Assballs.
1a) That's the exact opposite of "Bro". I saw it - it's in the dictionary.
2) The price was $198 to begin with and now it's on "sale" at $139.97. You almost had me, MLB Shop. So close.
3) Out of all the million bazillion people on Facebook...NO ONE has 'Liked' this shirt yet? Have a sense of humor people. I think we can get this to 100 Likes, who's with me?
4) Did MLB.com ask Cam from Modern Family to come in and help design some shirts for them? God, I hope so.
5) Look at those cuffs. Seriously, behold all of their wonder:
Despite a ton of fashion articles on my blogging resume, and all the fashion talk here at the CD, the rumors of Trumbsy, the ML and myself starting our own Fashion Police show are wildly inaccurate. Plus, I'm half as FAB-ulous as the dude on that show. And I don't bang nearly enough guys.
We don't ask much of our loyal fans, but we've got some homework for you. The first thing is to click on the link at the top of the article and "Like" this on Facebook. If your friends know you, they'll appreciate the irony, plus it'll be something to talk about during a long and boring Tuesday. And most importantly, if you end up seeing this in the wild this week, whether it's at Busch, or Hrabosky's at 1am, click a photo of the guy for us. We'll make it worth your while. Just don't sleep with him, ladies. Although you'll know that he's got way too much money, so by all means...
UPDATE: There are actually seven other teams with these shirts - LINK HERE. The one with Mr. Met on the back is awesome.