Found May 07, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
HOUSTON The link between folklore and fandom is intrinsic, with the blend of exaggeration and admiration yielding tales that supersede life. Cardinals rookie infielder Matt Carpenter doesn't wear batting gloves. That he is something of a novelty in that regard has made him a fan favorite in St. Louis, a city where hardnosed baseball players are revered and lauded for as long as effort and eccentricity are maintained. But there is more to Carpenter than an old-school approach and weathered hands. He is a product of perseverance and patience, of persistence and poise. His father, Rick, enjoyed wondrous success coaching baseball in Missouri City, with Carpenter a key cog on Elkins High School teams than claimed consecutive Class 5A state championships in 2002-03. Those were the halcyon days, at least until opportunity opened the door for Carpenter to crack the everyday lineup with the Cardinals. That his path wasn't linear or expeditious makes the present day much sweeter. ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

The first five Cardinals in the order again go deep

Monday night’s series opener for the St. Louis Cardinals in Arizona had a little bit of everything, from a strong starting pitching performance from Lance Lynn, to an awful bullpen outing from J.C. Romero. The real story of the game for me was the back-to-back home runs hit by Allen Craig and David Freese in the top of the seventh inning. That gave the Cardinals important breathing...

St. Louis Cardinals will soon be tested as schedule gets tougher

The St. Louis Cardinals have had a very good start to the 2012 season with 16 wins and a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central heading into play Saturday. But the schedule in May is not quite as easy as the one the Cardinals cruised through in April. The Cardinals finish up a stretch of 27 consecutive games against NL Central opponents Sunday. They will play only two games against a divisional...

Carlos Beltran Does BIG Well

Carlos Beltran does big games, well, BIG.Grand slams, multi-home run games, 6 RBI games. These are dream days for most MLB batters. Mr. Beltran seems to be pumping out one a week.In an effort to piggy back on better writers, let's head over to Twitter and see what people are saying about the Carlos...Bob is one of the most poetic men on Twitter. Seriously, you should follow him...

Lynn continues impressive start in the desert

The Cardinals staked right-hander Lance Lynn to a 7-0 lead after four at-bats and Lynn scored his sixth straight victory, becoming the first Cardinals starter to win his first six starts since Bob Tewksbury in 1994. But there were some twists and turns along the way before the Cardinals posted a 9-6 win at Arizona. First, though he allowed no runs, Lynn was not as sharp as he had...

Greene's performance matches expectations

Second baseman Tyler Greene showed all those offensive skills Sunday that have labeled him still a prospect although he more often than not has been suspect at the big-league level. Greene, mostly a reserve who was starting at second base against Houston LHP J.A. Happ, clubbed two homers and a double and drove in four runs as he bumped his average to .256. He stole one base and...

Happ, Astros routed by Cardinals

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tyler Greene hit a career-high two homers and drove in four runs, Adam Wainwright continued his dominance of the Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals got an 8-1 win over Houston on Sunday. The victory breaks a season-long five-game winning streak for the Astros and ends a three-game skid for the Cardinals. Allen Craig also homered for St. Louis, getting things going...

Beltran's 2 HRs, 6 RBIs lead St. Louis over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- Carlos Beltran homered in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam, matching his career high with six RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Arizona 6-1 on Tuesday night, handing the Diamondbacks their fourth loss in a row. Beltran, who had one of the Cardinals' five homers in their 9-6 series-opening win on Monday, hit a two-run homer off Ian Kennedy in...

Beltran's 2 HRs lead St. Louis over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) -- Carlos Beltran has been around long enough to know that there are good times and bad times in a long season. Things are very good for the St. Louis slugger right now. Beltran homered in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam, for six RBIs, and the Cardinals beat Arizona 6-1 on Tuesday night, handing the Diamondbacks their fourth loss in a row. Beltran, who...

Afghan vet stages a homecoming to remember

PHOENIX -- Paul Aguirre attended all four of the Diamondbacks' World Series home games in 2001, but his magic Chase Field moment will always be the one he enjoyed Monday. A lot of fans at the D-backs' game against the St. Louis Cardinals understand. Aguirre, deployed to Afghanistan with the Arizona Air National Guard for the last seven months, surprised his two children...

Legend of Lance Lynn growing

Yesterday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks did little to dampen the charmed season of Cardinal hurler, Lance Lynn. Lynn--who was supposed to be in the bullpen this season but ended up in the rotation when Chris Carpenter went down--has now made six starts and has won them all. Last night's might have been his most fortuitous. But at the same...

Miley looks to help D-backs end losing streak

After enduring a bit of a slump, the St. Louis Cardinals appear to have it going again at the plate. Coming off another big offensive effort, the Cardinals look for a fourth straight victory to complete their first road sweep of the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks in eight years Wednesday night. St. Louis (19-11) has totaled 23 runs and 32 hits during its current three-game winning...

Cardinals-Diamondbacks Preview

(AP) -- In a rotation filled with talented arms, Lance Lynn has stood out for the St. Louis Cardinals in the first month of the season. Joe Saunders has fared pretty well for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lynn looks to become the majors' first six-game winner when the Cardinals face Saunders and the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field. After starting twice in 18 regular...
Cardinals News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.