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Commentary: Fallen angels are part of the game

Dec 15, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - Somewhere within the ocean of news ink devoted to the departure of Albert Pujols from St. Louis to Anaheim, I read that the slugger had prayed for divine guidance while contemplating his options as a free agent. If that report was accurate, it's not surprising that he split for the coast because you'd have to figure that God would wind up playing on the side of the Angels.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec 7, 2011
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Cardinals submit new offer to Pujols

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Mike Matheny is taking on one of baseball's most high-profile jobs even as he continues to recover from a big financial setback.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matheny and his wife may still be responsible for more than $4 million from a business deal gone bad. The St. Louis Cardinals say they were aware of the situation when they named Matheny manager last week.

It's official: Cardinals choose Matheny as La Russa's successor

Nov 14, 2011
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As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have introduced Mike Matheny as their new manager.

Matheny will replace Tony La Russa, who retired after the Cardinals won the World Series last month. Even though Matheny has no managing experience, general manager John Mozeliak said the four-time Gold Glove catcher stood out from a group of candidates that began with about 35 names.

Matheny to replace La Russa as Cardinals manager

Nov 13, 2011
(Sean Collins)

The St. Louis Cardinals say they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference Monday.

Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher will replace the retired Tony La Russa.

La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience. He played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three Gold Gloves. He won another with San Francisco.

Morning headlines: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov 10, 2011
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Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

Interstate 70 between St. Louis, Kansas City could be come toll road

Bob Forsch, former Cardinals pitcher, dies at 61

Nov 4, 2011
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Will be updated.

We've received news this morning that former Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch has died. He was 61.

According to the Cardinals' official website, Forsch was the third-winningest pitcher in Cardinals history, and threw two no-hitters.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2011 - By the last week of August, the St. Louis Cardinals were dead men walking. Functionally eliminated from the race for the National League Central Division crown, they were also 10 games behind in the competition for the NL wild card berth. I'm not a professional bookmaker, but I'd be willing to bet that those who are would have quoted the team's odds to proceed to the play-offs as no better than 1 in 100.

Cardinals' Molina wins fourth straight Gold Glove

Nov 2, 2011
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina's 2011 season won't only end with a team-earned World Series win, but also a personal accomplishment. Molina has garnered his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove award.

With LaTony out, who's next in?

Oct 31, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 31, 2011 - The jubilation of a Sunday parade in October turned somber Monday morning when Cardinal manager Tony La Russa, who in his 16 years in the Gateway City brought two World Series championships in three appearances, announced his retirement.

Hundreds of thousands attend Cardinals victory parade, rally

Oct 31, 2011
(Art Chimes)

Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in downtown St. Louis on Sunday to celebrate their World Series champs at a Cardinal victory parade and rally.

Cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle didn’t discourage the fans, who thronged the parade route along Market Street.

They cheered and snapped pictures as the Budweiser Clydesdales went by, followed by Cardinals team members and marching bands from area high schools.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - Cardinals fans, you CAN believe what you just saw!

Hometown boy David Freese shot a walk-off home run to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning at Busch Stadium Thursday night, snatching a 10-9 victory from the Texas Rangers and sending the World Series to Game 7 on Friday night.

Magic in 11 for Cardinals and others

Oct 28, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 28, 2011 - A catchy phrase or destiny: 11 in 11.

Destiny. After David Freese belted a homer in the bottom of the 11th inning (there's that number again) to send the World Series to a Game 7, the joy of Cardinal Nation seemed ordained.

Even before the Cardinals magical run, 11 was coming up big.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2011 - Here we go again. Are you up for it?

It's another do-or-die moment for the Comeback Cards, now down 3-2 to the Texas Rangers in the best-of-seven World Series.

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A rainy weather forecast means another day off for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct 26, 2011
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Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight

Jaime Garcia takes the mound tonight for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, and the Texas Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. The two pitchers faced each other in Game 2, with the Rangers ultimately getting the victory.

The Rangers have a 3-2 lead in the series. If the Rangers win tonight's game it will be their first World Series title.

World Series Moneyball

Oct 25, 2011
Cardinals, Rangers salaries
Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2011 - Missed opportunities: The Cardinals left 12 men on base losing 4-2 to the Texas Rangers. The teams come back to St. Louis Wednsesday where the Cardinals, down 3-2 in the series, must win the next two games to avoid elimination.

Can Cardinals revive the spirit of '82?

Oct 25, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2011 - Beaten up by the American League's champion bruisers, the dispirited Cardinals returned to St. Louis late at night, trailing 3 games to 2. Their backs were up against the wall; they needed to win two straight games at home to win the World Series.

Analysis: Cardinals are essential part of city's soul

Oct 24, 2011
statue, "The Boy and The Man" by Harry Weber
Provided by Thomas Singer

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - About 20 years ago, I co-authored a small and playfully ridiculous cartoon book called "A Fan's Guide to Baseball Fever: The Official Medical Reference." It has served me well over the years, not because it successfully inoculated me from suffering baseball fever, but because it gave me a clearer idea of what I suffered periodically when the St. Louis Cardinals got on a roll or friends of mine in San Francisco, where I now live, fell into a similar swoon.

Commentary: Smart money changes in October

Oct 20, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2011 - It's mid-October in St. Louis. The weather is gorgeous; the foliage is turning and a football fan's fancy turns naturally enough to baseball -- Game one. World Series. That's a winner. A quick glance at NFL statistics explains why this is so.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, were in town Wednesday to attend the World Series but also to join with Major League Baseball in supporting the nation's veterans, military personnel -- and their families.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 20, 2011 - Howdy, Texas Rangers fans. Welcome to St. Louis, the capital of Cardinal Nation. And an especially big welcome now that the Cardinals have the first game of the World Series in the win column. In the spirit of Midwestern hospitality, we have compiled some tips for those of you who will be visiting Busch -- spelled with a "c" -- Stadium for the first time.

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Major League Baseball has dedicated game two of the World Series at Busch Stadium to community service. And tonight, the 2011 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will also be presented.

The award is named for the12-time All-Star and Baseball Hall of Famer and recognizes the active MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.

St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Lou Brock received the award in 1975. Today he spoke with 68 middle school-age boys at Loyola Academy about Clemente’s legacy.

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oct 20, 2011
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Cardinals win Game 1 of World Series

The Cardinals claimed Game 1 of the World Series last night at Busch Stadium against the Texas Rangers.

Pinch-hitter Allen Craig drove in the go-ahead run to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win. Lance Berkman put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run single in the fourth, and Rangers catcher Mike Napoli tied the game with a home run the next inning. Pitcher Chris Carpenter got the win, allowing five hits in six innings. Allen Craig says it worked out to have Carpenter on the mound during the first game.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oct 19, 2011
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Be prepared for extra security at Busch Stadium tonight

If you're going to Game One of the World Series tonight, expect it to take a little longer to get into Busch Stadium. In addition to added security due to the importance of the game, First Lady Michele Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will be in attendance.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says the department is coordinating security with the Secret Service and it will be a challenge.

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today, says NPR's "The Two-Way." Check out this quick round-up, from a national perspective, regarding the biggest bout in baseball that starts tonight here in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - In this era of moneyball, how seriously should you take estimates of the economic impact that the World Series will have on St. Louis?

Whether it's playoffs or an All-Star Game or a political convention or a major golf championship, whenever St. Louis lands a high-profile event, forecasters are always quick to issue their predictions of how the area will grow richer from all the money brought to town by visitors flocking to be part of the big show.

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Updated 5:10 p.m. with second photo.

We don't really think much needs to be said beyond the captions for these photos. St. Louis is readying for a World Series to begin - starting with the field of play.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that it has dedicated Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals to veterans and their families.

The first lady and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium as part of MLB's Welcome Back Veterans program and Obama's Joining Forces initiative.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 17, 2011

Oct 17, 2011
Joel Finbloom

Cardinals win 18th pennant

The St. Louis Cardinals are the National League champions following an outstanding offensive display in Milwaukee last night.

David Freese belted one of the Cardinals' three home runs while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a 12-6 rout of the Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS. Freese smacked a three-run shot to put the Cardinals ahead 4-0 in the first inning. Rafael Furcal launched a solo blast in the second and Albert Pujols did the same in the third. Pujols and pinch-hitter Allen Craig each finished with two RBIs.