With the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX just a little over a month away, the beloved righty is looking like he will be in contention for his first ever All-Star Game start (thanks to his killer stats that include: becoming the first NL pitcher to win nine games, as well as, surpass the 100 inning mark -- and that's just a few of them on a very long and impressive list).
I don't even want to mention the possibilities of what could come when he finds his best stuff on a regular basis. For now, let's just help insure him a spot in the All-Star Game.
He's done so much for the St. Louis fan base, the least we could do is click here and give him a vote. While you are at it you can check the box for our gold-glover Yadier Molina, who is currently leading all National League catchers in voting.
St. Louis' representation at the Mid-Summer Classic doesn't end there, as Mike Matheny will lead the NL managerial staff. He will bring his Cardinals comrades along with him, including Mike Aldrete, Blaise Ilsley, Derek Lilliquist, John Mabry, Chris Maloney, Jose Oquendo and Jamie Pogue, all of which will assist with batting practice and other duties. Matheny named managers Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves and the Pirates' Clint Hurdle to his staff as well.
So now we can all breathe and relax, even after Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the worst team in baseball -- because before that, the Birds on the Bat had a three-game shutout streak. Not to mention they return home for three straight series on Friday.
A high in the 80's, a very slight chance of rain and Cardinals baseball at Busch Stadium? This weekend, is looking good...
LET’S GO CARDINALS:Check out these photos of fans and the excitement around Cardinals baseball.
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-- Speaking of this weekend, one of the biggest events of the year in downtown St. Louis takes place this Saturday. Market Street will turn pink for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and we are proud to announce that Team FOX Sports Midwest/St. Louis Blues, as of this writing, is the largest team with the most donations. It is such a special event, with the region coming together to support mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and the movement to battle the disease -- it gives me goose bumps every time! Stop by and see Katie, Kayla and I outside Scottrade at the St. Louis Blues official meeting place.
-- We are also excited to help kick off the first St. Louis Rams' Lady Rams event Thursday at Ballpark Village. The organization brings together both casual and fanatic female football fans alike, uniting them through fun events centered around fashion, fitness and, of course, football. So come join us for Thursday evening's event, a meet-and-greet at the Budweiser Brewhouse with a chance to meet Rams personnel and other Lady Rams.
-- A St. Louis All-Star in his own right, local actor and Mizzou alumni Jon Hamm will have his own "Jon Hamm Night" at the ballpark on Aug. 18. The Cardinals announced this week the event in honor of the Mad Men star, who is known to talk STL baseball and get caught wearing his Cards fan gear by the paparazzi, will include a ceremonial first pitch and VIP ticket packages to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. How cool would it be to get a Jon Hamm bobblehead and meet him? And all for a good cause!
In honor the the 2014 World Cup kicking off today, my video pick of the week has to be our web promo spot for the upcoming World Cup watch parties sponsored by the St. Louis Ambush at Ballpark Village. What better way to watch the U.S. take on Ghana than on the FOX Sports Midwest Live! 40-foot TV?! Kayla, Katie and I will be there on Monday, we hope to see you there. USA! USA!
My shout-outs this week have to start with my dad. Sunday is Father's Day and we are asking you to send us your pictures of you and your dad at a sporting event on Sunday with the hashtag #dadsrule. My dad has taught me not only all about sports, coached my little league teams and was the one to first put a golf club in my hand, but has also taught me the values behind sports like hard work and perseverance. Happy Father's Day!
Another shout-out goes to our very own Darren Pang, who has been tearing it up as a hockey analyst for FOX Sports 1 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Holy Jumpin', way to go Panger!