Springfield Rolls; St. Louis Rocks a Trade

While the
St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds have their struggles, the
Springfield Cardinals are rolling.  On
Friday, they clinched a playoff appearance with a 10-2 win over the Tulsa
Drillers. On Saturday, I traveled to
Tulsa to check out this hot Springfield team

 

 

“Well,
there’s something you don’t see every day” -Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)

 

 

As I
approached the park, I saw something strange in the neighborhood:

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I’m still
not sure what the Ghostbusters car was all about.  It drove around the field playing the
Ghostbusters theme song.  It stopped
behind homeplate and guys got out armed with proton packs.  I was really hoping for a Stay Puft
Marshmallow Man sighting.  But, there
were no ghosts to bust and no one got slimed. 

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On a Roll…

 

The
Springfield Cardinals picked up where they left off the night before, although
the Tulsa Drillers were given hope when their starter Keith Weiser struck out
Cardinals lead-off hitter, Antonio DeJesus.

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Shortstop,
Peter Kozma, came to the plate.  Kozma’s
hometown is a few miles north of
Tulsa, so the local boy always gets a
few cheers.  Kozma singled.

 

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The
Drillers were worried about Kozma, a base-stealing threat.

 

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As well they
should be.  Kozma swiped second.

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Kozma’s
fellow infielder, second baseman Daniel Descalso, who is hitting .329 and
slugging .532, knocked a double to score Kozma. 
He did it so quickly that I did not get a picture until he was on second
base.

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Steven
Hill, who is listed as a catcher but was playing left field, flew out to right.  Tony Cruz, who is listed as a catcher and was
playing catcher, reached on a error. 
Descalso scored from second as the Drillers first baseman chased down
the missed catch.

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A fan
behind me made the comment that “an error is like a can opener”.  It is probably a common expression, but I had
never heard it.  In this case, it turned
out to be true.

 

 

Centerfielder,
James Rapoport, singled quickly (i.e. no pic). 
That brought to the plate, big first baseman, Matt Arburr.  How big you ask?  6′ 4″, 260 pounds.  Mike Hamilton was called up to
AAA Memphis, so Arburr is getting his
chance.  He did not miss this one:  2 RBI Double. 
In the seventh, he would also have a solo home run.

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Third
baseman, Mike Folli, ended the inning with a fly-out to right.

 

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But, the
damage was done.  Cardinals lead
4-0.  They had another four run inning in
the third, but Kozma’s first run would be all the Cardinals would need, as
starting pitcher, Ryan Kulik, pitched a beaut. 
Eight shut-out innings, five hits, one K, no walks.  Twelve groundouts.  Eleven flyouts.

 

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Tyler
Norrick came in to pitch the ninth.  The
Missouri native was un-hittable, but not
necessarily in a good way.  He walked the
bases loaded
AND struck out the side.

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Cardinals
win 9-0.


 

In most
minor league parks, you will find a between innings food race.  You might think if you have seen one, you
have seen them all.  I must give a tip of
the hat to the folks at
Drillers Park that flirt with heatstroke to
dress up as QuickTrip food items. 

 

Hot dog,
Taquito and Egg Roll are very creative in mixing up the race and coming up with
gimmicks to make it interesting.  In the
latest installment, Egg Roll came from behind with a snow shovel, knocked Hot
Dog down with a sharp blow to the back. 
As Taquito attended to his fallen food item friend, Egg Roll crossed the
finish line.

 

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Everything is Coming up
De-Rosas

 

Yep, that
pun was a stretch.  As I drove home from
Tulsa, I tuned into MLB Homeplate on XM Radio.  When they said they had a breaking story on a
Cardinals trade, I held my breath. 
Trades make me very nervous. 
Perhaps, I get too attached to Cardinal players.  I usually hate to see them go. 

 

Then, all
the trade rumors had been about a rental deal for Matt Holliday.  In all the scenarios I heard, the price
seemed too high.  I did not make sense to
me to trade the second best power threat (Ludwick), plus a pitcher, plus a
prospect just to have Holliday for a few months.

 

So, with
breath held, I listened to the news: 
Mark Derosa for Chris Perez and a “player to be named later”.  I exhaled in relief.  I can live with that.  In fact, I am excited about it.

 

My mind
went into high gear, considering all the defensive alignment options.  That was followed by all the offensive
line-up options.  The possibilities are
endless. 

 

Mark
DeRosa is such a good fit.  I have
secretly always liked this player, even when he was a cub.  Not that I liked playing against him, but
next to catching, utility players are my favorite.  DeRosa can play anywhere, and by all accounts
he is a class act, a great guy to have in your clubhouse.

 

 

And,
doesn’t it feel like we stole him from the cubs?  That may be the thing that puts a rather evil
smile on the face of Cardinal Nation. 
The cubs traded him to the
AL, so DeRosa could not hurt them.  They signed our utility player, Aaron Miles, out
from under our nose.  Ironically, Miles has
not played nearly as well as a cub.  That
made payroll room for the cubs to sign Milton Bradley, who has been nothing but
a blight.  Now, DeRosa is back in the NL
Central, in the clubhouse of a division rival and posed to do damage to his
former team.  Score a coup for the
Cardinals.

 

All that
said, I will miss the flame-throwing, Chris Perez.  And, he may come back to haunt us, as traded
players often do.  I wish Perez all the
best.  I hope he has a great career, and
stays in the American League.  Here is
Perez warming up in
San Francisco:

 

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And,
there is a list of potential “players to be named later”.  I do not know who is on this list, and that
makes me nervous.  But, for today, I look
forward to seeing DeRosa wearing the ‘Birds on the Bat’.  He is the type of player that was born for
it.

3 Comments

How can they not have a Stay-puff marshmallow man!! And the Egg Roll guy? TOO FUNNY!!! Stop on over I have photos of Scott in his newest Red Sox attire! :-)

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Speaking of evil smiles, that egg roll looks pretty evil and devious as well. Racing giant food items are always great fun!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

My name is Michael Hyatt. I was the one driving that Ecto 1 around the stadium. We did an appearance on the request of an individual at Drillers for that weekend. The actual video behind those pics are on my youtube page.

http://www.youtube.com/kn1ight

Just thought I’d chime in and let you folks know. :-)

Peace all.

Mike

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