Found October 19, 2012 on
Taking Bad Schotz:
Tony La Russa
Los Angeles Angels
St. Louis Cardinals
There are always those players, teams, dynasties, coaches, and moments in sports that are just unexplainable. Whether it be luck or talent, or a combination of both, there are rare occasions where, as fans, we can only stare in awe of what we have just witnessed.Last season, the St. Louis Cardinals were those players, that team, that coach that provided the jaw-dropping, unexplainable moments. A remarkable September surge into the postseason; come from behind victories against the NL-best Phillies and then their own division champion, rival Milwaukee Brewers; a record breaking World Series performance in Game 3 by their superstar Albert Pujols; David Freese’s 2 out, 2 strike, 2 run, tying triple in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 6 and then Lance Berkman’s 2 out, 2 strike, tying RBI single in the bottom of the 10th moments later; David Freese’s improbable walk off HR in the 11th inning that sent the city into a wild street party; and ultimately, a shiny World Championship tro...
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ST. LOUIS Adam Wainwright couldnt have been more focused and excited to start the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington last week. Then he went out and pitched a dud, allowing six runs in 2 13 innings to put his team in a huge hole.
For a while, it looked like that would be the last start the right-hander would make in 2011. It was a taste he surely wasnt wanting to...
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright kept loose in the dugout before Friday night's NLCS Game 5 by breaking out some dance moves.
Wainwright was in a good mood after pitching seven strong innings in Thursday night's Game 4 to help the Cardinals get a win. Unfortunately, Wainwright was in no position to help the Cardinals on Friday, as they lost Game 5 to the...
ST. LOUIS Matt Carpenter arrived at Busch Stadium late Wednesday morning not expecting to see his name in the starting lineup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has started the same eight players the entire postseason, so he didn't expect him to change things up now.
And he didn't. Despite Carpenter's having a perfect 4-for-4 career mark off Giants starter Matt Cain, the...
ST. LOUIS When the damage was over, when the St. Louis Cardinals' hopes of closing this National League Championship Series at home were all but gone, Lance Lynn walked toward his dugout to little applause. It was a polite clap from few, the recognition a far cry from what the burly right-hander had in mind on what could have been a night of champagne and celebration to mark...
Carlos Beltran is not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San Francisco Giants, a day after injuring his left knee while running on a double-play grounder.Matt Carpenter batted second in place of Beltran and played first base, with cleanup man Allen Craig moving to right field for Thursday night's game against the...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran's availability for Game 4 of the NL championship series was uncertain after the St. Louis Cardinals slugger left Wednesday's game with a strained left knee.
Subbing for Beltran in right field, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat to help the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven...
Folks all around St. Louis have baseball playoffs on their minds -- including, apparently, those doing a good old stick-'em-up.
A bearded man held up the First Bank branch in Arnold, a city south of St. Louis, around 1:15 p.m. Friday, according to St. Louis Today. While most of the holdup was standard fare -- the thief handed the teller a note demanding cash...
ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter always tries to stay ready, keeping an assortment of gloves nearby. That's his job.
The St. Louis Cardinals' utilityman took on a new role in Game 3 of the NL championship series: game-changer.
Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 12-hour rain delay in the seventh inning...
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright had six days to sit around and think about one of the worst starts of his career in one of the biggest games he had ever pitched. In the fifth and deciding game of the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals, Wainwright put his team in a major hole, but his St. Louis Cardinals completed a historic comeback from that 6-0 deficit. Wainwright...
When Albert Pujols left St. Louis for the sunnier climes of Anaheim (and the monster payday of $240 million) during the offseason, most folks in the know did not give the Cardinals much of a fighting chance as the team was facing the need to somewhat reinvent itself and establish a new identity. Not only [...]
Carlos Beltran was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting
lineup for Game 4 of the NL championship series against the San
Francisco Giants on Thursday night, a day after injuring his left
knee while running on a double-play grounder.
Retired manager Tony La Russa joins Matt this week to talk about the ongoing MLB playoffs. They also discuss his retirement from the game, Albert Pujols' up-and-down season with the Angels, the Diamondbacks future, Bobby Valentine's disastrous season with the Red Sox and his new book: "One Last Strike."
Among his observations:
-- On a new perspective since retiring...
ST. LOUIS -- Barry Zito ruined the St. Louis Cardinals' party. With the Cardinals ready to celebrate a return trip to the World Series with a victory Friday night, Zito instead sent the National League Championship Series back to San Francisco by turning in a spectacular performance, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win. Game 6 of the series, with the Cardinals leading...