But as a fan of one of baseball’s most decorated and storied franchises, I really do appreciate taking a step back in time and admiring the game from another era.
In St. Louis we are lucky enough to bask in the Redbird empire, remembering our club’s history through museums and memorabilia, all the while reaping the benefits of what pennants and rings can bring in top-notch facilities and venues.
Adam Wainwright tries to hide in the Wrigley ivy.
When you walk down Chicago’s Addison Street, you can appreciate a different aspect of the game, almost the way our grandparents and their grandparents remember it.
Adam Wainwright literally made a connection to the past by immersing himself in the stadium’s historic shrubbery. The nostalgia is contagious.
But as you walk past the Harry Caray statue outside Murphy’s and taunt Cubs fans with friendly banter on your visit, you can’t help but realize how connected the two franchises are. And how it becomes all the more special when you shut out the Cubs on a beautiful July Sunday.
— Not only was it cool to make a trip north with Katie for the Cards vs. Cubs over the weekend, it was fun watching the Cardinals’ newest addition, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, come in with a bang. Some had questions about the roster move, but you can’t argue with the numbers so far. One of Yadi’s interim replacements, the 37-year-old free agent was batting .500 after his first eight Cardinals at-bats and put on a show Saturday along with Matt Adams.
The most important moment for Cardinal Nation came off the field Sunday when Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager in history, joined the ranks in Cooperstown. We had an overwhelming response on the FOX Sports Midwest Girls social media pages when congratulating TLR on his 2014 Hall of Fame induction — St. Louis was glowing with pride, and rightfully so. It is so cool to watch his speech and follow his path to baseball immortality.
SHOUT-OUTS OF THE WEEK
My first shout-out this week goes to the St. Louis Rams. Training camp is officially underway and the fans in St. Louis wish you good luck! And the team got a little extra inspiration at Sunday’s practice with a visit from the leader of The Greatest Show on Turf.
We also would like to send our condolences to the Saint Louis University athletics community. The chaplain for SLU’s athletic department, Fr. Eugene Grollmes, S.J., passed away last week. He was a fixture at the end of the men’s basketball bench and an integral part of Billiken athletics.