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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 15, 2009 - Ted Savage played the game of baseball and Mike Claiborne broadcasts the game. Together, they made a fantastic double play combination during an entertaining and educational discussion of African-Americans in Major League Baseball – present and past - on Saturday at the Grand Hall of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch.

Time was on my side

Aug 3, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 3, 2009 - My family heads south to Oklahoma for an annual late-summer visit to in-laws, leaving dad to fend for himself for a few days.

This was that week. Sometimes the baseball gods smile on me and the St. Louis Cardinals are home. Some years, they are away. This is a good year. The Cards vs. Astros on a spectacular Saturday night was all mine.

Well, mine and about 48,000 other fans.

A conversation with Jack Clark

Jul 28, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 28, 2009 - When Jack Clark talks about his Springfield (Ill.) Sliders he doesn't initially say these are college-age baseball players he's managing.

No, he says: "What we're doing here is trying to manage hope."

As in, he says with a mix of exasperation and gallows humor, "I hope he can put it in play. I hope he catches it."

Holliday Weekend included Buehrle

Jul 27, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 27, 2009 - St. Louis has just finished an unscheduled Holliday Weekend. In fact, it was a long weekend, one that actually began on Thursday with good and/or bad news, depending on how you felt about embattled outfielder Chris Duncan.

The trials and tribulations of Duncan finally came to an end last week when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Julio Lugo. I never bought into the talk that Duncan’s sole reason for still being a Cardinal was because his dad is pitching coach Dave Duncan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 10, 2009 - In keeping with the theme of “Arches on Parade,” here are some stats about the Gateway Arch and Cardinals baseball:

Sutter makes a pitch for Herzog, Lee Smith

Jun 29, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 29, 2009 - Just 127 of Bruce Sutter’s 300 career saves came as a St. Louis Cardinal, yet his bust in the Baseball Hall of Fame sports the cap of this franchise.

He will join five other Cardinal Hall of Famers in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2009 All Star Game.

On the Cardinals: Lunch with Lou

Jun 22, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 22, 2009 - I had the honor of having lunch with Lou Brock and his wife Jackie on Saturday. Brock received the St. Louis Argus Foundation Lifetime Achievement award during the newspaper’s 97th Anniversary luncheon.

I was lucky enough to be seated with the Brocks and before long it was obvious that the Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals great remains a fan favorite.

Conversation makes Cardinal Nation a reality

Jun 8, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 8, 2009 - Folks outside the Midwest probably think the Cardinals are known for having the best fans in baseball because of what they see inside Busch Stadium.

Many games are sold out and those that are not draw crowds larger than are seen at any single game in some cities all season.

On the Cardinals: A ticket to paradise

Jun 1, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 1, 2009 - The first Busch Stadium was actually the “old” Sportsman’s’ Park on Grand near the present site of the Herbert Hoover Boy’s Club. It carried that name for a bit before the “new” Busch Stadium was constructed downtown and saw its first game during the torrid summer of 1966.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 25, 2009 - When does the Major League Baseball season really start?

If you ask manager Tony La Russa, he’ll probably say the season is as serious the first day of spring training as it is the final game of the year. So, he’d say the season really starts in February.

Albert should take the lead

May 11, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2009 - It’s time, Albert, it’s time.

It’s one thing to be the best. It’s another to be the strongest.

Albert Pujols is the best player in Major League Baseball, in my humble estimation. It is now time for him to be the game’s strongest player. This strength should not be measured in the distance of a majestic home run or in the power in his sturdy forearms.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 20, 2009 - Last Wednesday, as Major League Baseball remembered the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, Sam Taylor watched several of the celebrations on television from his Centreville, Ill., home.

Taylor is one of a vanishing number of Americans. He is a former player in the Negro Leagues. His mind is clear, his voice is strong and his love for his former teammates remains steadfast.

On the Cardinals: MAP, Carpenter put me to test

Apr 13, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 13, 2009 - It’s MAP testing time at Tillman Elementary School in Kirkwood. That stands for Missouri Assessment Program and, folks, this is a team effort.

Students, teachers, parents all have a role to play as the school tries to improve on its solid 2008 performance.

Rather than make it too stressful a time, Principal B.R. Rhodes and his staff mix the seriousness of test success with the proper amount of fun.

On Cardinals baseball: Opening day - all is well

Apr 5, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 5, 2009 - I can remember the first time I saw my late father cry. I was 9.

It was April 10, 1970. It was Opening Day at Busch Stadium, and the St. Louis Cardinals were about to take on the defending world champion New York Mets. In October 1969, the Cards had completed a multi-player deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that included Curt Flood. The trade would also send the controversial Richie Allen to St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 3, 2009 - Opening Day: April 15, 1930 A spirited and steadfast crowd of 14,000 turned out for the Opening Day slugfest between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Chicago Cubs that first spring after the stock market headed south in the fall of 1929.

On Cardinals baseball: Getting ready for opening day

Mar 30, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 30, 2009 - Editor's Note:

The St. Louis Beacon is please to add the baseball musings of Alvin Reid. Today's offering is pretty much straight baseball talk, and he will be doing some of that. But Alvin will also look beyond the field to talk about the impact of the Cardinals and baseball on the St. Louis region and the connection the team has with its fans.

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