1. Taking a Breather

    While there are problems with not playing, including the inconvenient fact that the Cubs did play and win, tying the Cardinals for first, St. Louis really needed the day off yesterday...

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  2. Cards Wrap Home Stand, Stay In First

    This close. This close to a 7-0 home stand. While it's not good to be greedy, it's a little disappointing to be so close and not get there. Still, 5-2 against the Dodgers and Astros is pretty solid...

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  3. Book Review: Munson

    When I was contacted by the promoter of Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain, I wasn't quite sure what to think...

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  4. Cardinals-Dodgers: Game of the Year

    Last night, as I'm listening to the UCB Radio Hour and visiting sites around the web, I noticed that one of my Facebook friends (and fellow mods at CardsClubhouse) said something about this being "the game of the year" in his status...

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  5. You Can Only Hope To Contain Them

    For a while, it looked like the Dodgers were going to be able to tame the new-look Cardinals.Then the sixth inning rolled around.This offense is definitely a different animal than the Cardinal offense we saw in May and June, especially...

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  6. St. Louis Cardinals Enjoy Their Homecoming

    No matter the long term ramifications of John Mozeliak's machinations, one thing seems to be clear.These guys can hit...

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  7. Pitching, Anyone?

    While there's not a whole lot to take out of this weekend, at least the offense seems to be improved. Not necessarily to the levels of Philadelphia, though, which may haunt us in October. Quick recap:Friday (8-1 win)Hero: Matt Holliday...

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  8. Cardinals Get Holliday

    Well, Albert Pujols may read this blog, but obviously the front office doesn't. If you haven't heard by now, you are probably living in a vacuum or really have a strange idea about where to turn ...

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  9. Cards Beat Nationals, Tie Mother Nature

    Sometimes the elements just won't be denied. The Cardinals, playing a one game series in Washington to make up a rainout from early May, dodged the raindrops last night and sat through rain delays before giving up and taking the 4-1, six inning win...

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  10. Just When You Want To Give The Front Office Credit

    Maybe this is just writer speculation. Maybe it's Billy Beane trying to drive up the price for Matt Holliday amongst other teams. Maybe it's a joke that's gone too far...

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  11. A Busy Day in Cardinal Nation

    Losing a game in the ninth inning is enough fodder for debate. A trade, by itself, makes for a big day. Put them together and you've got a lot of unrest and discussion going on in Cardinal Nation...

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  12. Retiring the Colonel

    If last night was supposed to be Todd Wellemeyer pitching for his job, he didn't act like it.I know the spin from the Cardinal manager and others is that it was a step forward, that it wasn't ...

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  13. Cardinals-Astros: Mistake Dooms St. Louis in Houston

    It's like I never left.Even as out of the loop as I've been, last night's Cardinals vs. Astros game was a pretty familiar tune. Good pitching, not enough offense, and a tough Cardinal loss...

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  14. Houston/St. Louis Series Q & A

    I had a chance to exchange some questions with James of Astros County (and one of the members of the fledgling Baseball Bloggers Alliance--if you are a blogger of a non-Cardinal team and are ...

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  15. Catching Up on a Week of Cardinal Baseball

    For all of those patiently waiting for a new entry, wait no longer. I have returned! For all of those that didn't actually realize I was gone, ignore that intro. Lots has happened since the last entry, so I'll try to hit the highlights...

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  16. A Tough Split (Plus, Win Free Stuff!)

    OK, most of you know about the free stuff, but let me get this out of the way first before we talk about the last two games against the Brewers...

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  17. Slow News Day

    An off day around the All-Star Break usually doesn't give us much to talk about. Still, there were a couple of things that were pretty interesting.One is that Albert Pujols will be participating in the home run derby...

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  18. Cards Provide Fireworks, Wins Over Weekend

    Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July weekend. If you spent some of it watching the Cardinals, you weren't that disappointed. Friday, the Cardinals rallied from three runs down for only the third time this season...

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  19. Pleasant Surprises

    Much like a child who continually tests your patience, then surprises you by doing something sweet and kind (not that either of my kids would ever do that, of course), Todd Wellemeyer came out and gave a jolt to Cardinal Nation...

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  20. St. Louis Loves Their Colby Jack

    As most of you know, my first name is Daniel. Daniel, of course, was a prophet in the Old Testament. For one night, at least, I got a chance to emulate my forbearer...

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  21. We Are All Witnesses

    I don't think of Albert Pujols as a home run hitter. I mean, obviously he can hit home runs, that's never been in doubt...

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  22. Cardinals Still Searching

    After a weekend (and a Monday) where the Cardinals scored eight runs in four games, it's obvious that there are still some issues. A quick rundown of the games, in the typical style:Friday vs...

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  23. UCB June Project: Cardinal Memories

    Today, that intrepid group known as the United Cardinal Bloggers are coordinating again to have a "theme of the day", as it were. This time, we are all talking about our personal Cardinal memories...

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  24. Cardinals Get Ugly

    Hopefully they were just saving it for today's matchup of Chris Carpenter and Johan Santana. Because last night's effort, if you can call it that, for the Cardinals was sorely lacking...

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  25. Taking Advantage

    You know, when the total active roster of the New York Mets has just one more home run than Albert Pujols has by himself, games like last night should be the rule, not the exception...

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