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No deal for Pujols today. Now what?

Feb 16, 2011

First basemen Albert Pujols is entering his eleventh season as a St. Louis Cardinal, and now, it's looking like it might be his last.

Albert Pujols' spring training deadline for a new contract with the St. Louis Cardinals came and went today without a deal.

The Cardinals say they tried to reach agreement with Pujols for several months and they are "greatly disappointed" they were unsuccessful. General Manager John Mozeliak says at Pujols' request, no more talks will be held until the end of the season.

  • St. Louis Cardinal's manager Tony La Russa says first baseman Albert Pujols and his representatives are being pressured by the players' union during contract negotiations. Pujols is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series and has set a deadline for 11 a.m. CST today to reach an agreement on a new deal. Pujols has vowed to cut off negotiations once he arrives at spring training. La Russa said Tuesday he thinks the three-time National League MVP is being pushed to set a new standard with his contract.

Albert Pujols aiming for most expensive contract in baseball

Feb 15, 2011

If he doesn't re-sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, first baseman Albert Pujols could set off a bidding war to end all wars. Pujols reportedly wants to be baseball's first $300-million-man.

Check out Adam Allington's story for Marketplace Morning Report.

Cardinals great Musial awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Feb 15, 2011

Updated at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011 with post-ceremony comments

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman received the medal from President Barack Obama today in a ceremony at the White House.

"This is the top honor that I'm ever going to receive," Musial told the St. Louis Beacon in his hotel room before the ceremony.

Commentary: Hey, Joe ...

Jan 27, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 27, 2011 - In 1985, Oct. 16 fell on a Wednesday. You may not remember the date, but if you're a Cardinals fan who was old enough to follow baseball at that time, you'll never forget the game the team played that day.

It was the sixth and what turned out to be the final game of the National League Championship Series. It was also the first time that a sixth game had been played in the NLCS.

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The city's Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority has restarted the clock on the construction of Ballpark Village.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Remember Ballpark Village? The multi-million dollar development at the site of the old Busch Stadium that was supposed to rival Kansas City's Power and Light District? (And is in fact a product of the same developer, Cordish Companies.) The development that in 2008 became not-so-affectionately known as Lake DeWitt? That was supposed to be partially completed by the All Star Game and instead got turned into a parking lot and softball field?

Well, kind of like a cat, the project lives again. And this time, Ald. Phyllis Young says she thinks something substantial will get built.

Looks like the fifth time isn't the charm for former Cardinals baseball slugger Mark McGwire. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that not only was it the fifth unsuccessful bid for McGwire, but also his worst vote total showing yet. This coming after McGwire admitted that he used steroids.

The Post-Dispatch has the vote totals:

McGwire was named on 115 of the 581 ballots cast, or 19.8 percent. He received 23.7 pct. of the votes cast in 2010 and 21.9 percent -- his previous low -- in 2009. Roberto Alomar (90 pct.) and Bert Blyleven (79.7 pct.) earned election this year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 1, 2010 - It was such a St. Louis moment: the Cardinals and Colorado Rockies pausing in the middle of the sixth inning Saturday afternoon to join 39,000 cheering fans holding paper cutouts of Stan the Man as the baseball legend circled the field at Busch Stadium in a chauffeur-driven cart.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 30, 2010 - Wednesday, Sept. 29, may have started out as a typical day for Mike Shannon as he tucked into a breakfast of sausage, hash browns and eggs at the ballpark, but it didn't end up that way for the Cardinals broadcaster. In the first place, you couldn't ask for a better day for baseball, Shannon said. It was slightly breezy, 74 degrees with clear skies. Then later that evening, Shannon would be honored by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis as its media person of the year.

This aericle first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2010 - Like new-fallen snow or a second marriage, the start of an NFL season represents a fresh beginning. Entering Week #1, 32 teams are tied for first place. Conversely, the same 32 are also tied for last place. By the conclusion of the weekend's play, the league has begun to sort itself into the haves and the have-nots.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 17, 2010 - As the recipient of this year's 43rd Saint Louis Literary Award, author Don DeLillo has a message for longtime Cardinals baseball fans. 

"I want to tell them I still have warm memories of Stan Musial, Whitey Kurowski and Harry Brecheen," the 73-year-old Bronx native and Yankees fan said Thursday in a telephone interview.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 9, 2010 - While Cardinals fans waited to get their first look at Jim Edmonds in a Cincy uniform, second-baseman Brandon Phillips of the Reds couldn’t contain his disgust for Edmonds’ old team.

Phillips, who fouled a ball off his shin Saturday in Chicago, missed Sunday’s game but was apparently feeling well enough to spout off to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News that there was no way he’d miss Monday night’s game.

While Cardinals fans waited to get their first look at Jim Edmonds in a Cincy uniform, second-baseman Brandon Phillips of the Reds couldn’t contain his disgust for Edmonds’ old team.

Phillips, who fouled a ball off his shin Saturday in Chicago, missed Sunday’s game but was apparently feeling well enough to spout off to Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News that there was no way he’d miss Monday night’s game.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 29, 2010 - Eric Greitens of St. Louis is this year's Cardinals "All-Star" in the 2010 "All-Stars Among Us" campaign sponsored by Major League Baseball and People magazine that recognizes Americans who serve their communities in extraordinary ways.

Greitens of St. Louis is a wounded veteran of the Iraq war who co-founded the Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that helps wounded and disabled veterans find opportunities to continue serving their country. To learn more about his organization, go to www.MissionContinues.org.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Sept. 29, 1963 -- "Stan Musial Day" in St. Louis -- 27,576 fans rose to their feet as the 42-year-old Cardinals great was driven around the field seated on the back of a convertible. Team owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr. spoke on behalf of the loyal legions at Busch Stadium that Sunday afternoon and for the countless thousands watching the pre-game retirement ceremonies on live TV at home.

"We wish you could go on forever," Busch said.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 27, 2010 -  On Sept. 29, 1963 -- "Stan Musial Day" in St. Louis -- 27,576 fans rose to their feet as the 42-year-old Cardinals great was driven around the field seated on the back of a convertible. Team owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr. spoke on behalf of the loyal legions at Busch Stadium that Sunday afternoon and for the countless thousands watching the pre-game retirement ceremonies on live TV at home.

"We wish you could go on forever," Busch said.

Sushi at Busch?

Apr 29, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2010 - Showing off the new Busch Stadium to houseguests was bittersweet this week.

The sweet part was the Cardinals victory, especially given that my college roommate became a diehard Atlanta Braves fan. I tried not to gloat, really.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 13, 2010 - Ten musings on Opening Day, in no particular order, from our perch in the cheap seats:

1. Centerfielder Colby Rasmus can tell his grandkids someday that he used to play baseball at the top of the Arch -- the one mowed into the surface of the playing field at Busch Stadium, that is. Nice job, grounds crew.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 11, 2010 - "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I look out the window and wait for spring."

-- Cardinals Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby

At 2:30 Monday afternoon, the best fans in baseball will gather at Busch Stadium to renew their vows.

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

Talk with Boras is anything but cheap

Nov 16, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2009 - It is now Day 21 of Mark McGwire watch.

Three weeks ago today, it was announced that the reclusive McGwire would be joining the St. Louis Cardinals as batting coach.

Yet there has been not a peep from the tainted slugger as to his role with the team, his suspected past use of steroids or why he deserves to hold the coveted job. But I'm not here to talk about that.

What Mr. DeWitt might have been thinking

Oct 26, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2009 - It’s nice when the chairman and principal owner of a Major League Baseball team sends you a personal note of thanks following a successful season. I got one this week from William O. DeWitt III of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Well, I’m among the hundreds of thousands of fans who received it, but hey, it was still a nice gesture.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 26, 2009 - The second I saw Buster Olney's report on ESPN on Sunday afternoon that Tony La Russa was returning as St. Louis Cardinals manager and bringing Mark McGwire with him as the team's new batting coach I knew Monday would be quite entertaining.

An L.A. story

Oct 19, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2009 - Esteemed Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote last week on L.A. Times sports columnist T.J. Simers and where he did (or didn't) sit during the Oct. 11 game at the Edward Jones Dome that featured the St. Louis Rams vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

Guess who sat next to Simers on Saturday night as the St. Louis Cardinals' season came to a dismal close?

Yep, lil' ole me.

On The Cardinals: '09 Cardinals season faded to black

Oct 10, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2009 - Well, that's that.

The season is over, folks.

While not picked to do much in 2009, the St. Louis Cardinals waited until the National League Division Series to live up to the preseason billing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 9, 2009 - To: Matt Holliday, Cardinals Slugger and Left Fielder From: Cardinal Nation. Dear Matt,

Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and you should know that Mary Catherine Reidy -- who wears Cardinals earrings the size of ping-pong balls - has not given up hope.

Looking at the L.A. vs. St. Louis series

Oct 5, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2009 - And so it's the Los Angeles Dodgers. One-hundred and sixty two games later, the National League Central Champion St. Louis Cardinals will square off against the NL West's best in the National League Divisional Series. The winner gets a berth in the National League Championship Series. But bragging rights are also at stake.

Central Division win was definitely worth the wait

Sep 28, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 28, 2009 - A year and one month ago in Denver, Barack Obama officially won the Democratic nomination for president.

Saturday night, the St. Louis Cardinals won the bid to represent the National League Central Division in a NL Divisional Series in that same Mile High City.

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