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Like the Florida sands through an hourglass, it's time for the Days of Our Cardinals

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2010 - Since we last tuned in to "Days of Our Cardinals":

  • Former slugger Mark McGwire returned from exile, signed on as the Cardinals batting coach, confessed to sports announcer Bob Costas "from the heart" about his steroid use and disowned his kid brother for being a tattletale. Still to come: the renaming of a chunk of interstate honoring his 1999 70-home run season because the Missouri Senate has time on its hands, after dealing with state budget cuts, unemployment and assorted other mayhem.
  • Outfielder Matt Holliday changed his number to 7, befitting his signing of a seven-year, $120 million contract he had no trouble seeing in the lights.
  • "Jimmy Baseball'' Edmonds came out of retirement to sign with the Cardinals but somehow ended up in Milwaukee with the Brewers who are pretty sure he will look good in an untucked shirt.

Yes, it's been a truly grueling pre-season, Cardinals fans. But come Saturday afternoon, the Florida sand will stop running through the hour-glass for at least a while, as KTRS-550 AM broadcasts the first of 17 spring training games.
The Cardinals will take on the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., at 12:05 p.m., with Kyle Lohse expected to take the mound. Broadcaster Mike Shannon will kick things off with a pre-game "Dugout Show" -- an interview with manager Tony La Russa.

Play ball!


This season Mary will be joined by features editor Donna Korando for Two Chicks Talkin' about the Birds, a look at baseball in St. Louis from the cheap seats by long-time fans.

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.

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