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Fun and Gems with the 2012 Cardinals

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Welcome to your post-apocalyptic not-so-friendly-to-your-computer annual Fun and Gems with the 2012 Cardinals fanpost. Yours truly has not been able to be around too much this past year and we also didn't win it all, so this season's absurdity will be slightly less flashy, I hope next season I'll have a reason to include pictures of the championship trophy again.

For best formatting, view this post in full screen. And sorry about the visible table borders, SBN doesn't allow you to remove those anymore. (Btw, since the revamp of SBN earlier this year, the old end of season posts' formatting has become shifted. I won't be fixing those right this moment but at some point.. so if you are going back to those, I apologize for the ugliness but bear with me, I'll get to it eventually.)

So let's just dive right into this one....

The Offseason and Spring Training

Awards:

- Freese - Babe Ruth Award as postseason MVP

- Cardinals - Baseball America's Organization of the Year

- Berk - comeback player of the year GIBBY

- Mo - executive of the year GIBBY

- Freese - postseason moment GIBBY (takes 1st and 2nd place in the voting, 3rd Pujols 3hr game, 4th Carp shutout, 5th Berk RBI single)

- Freese postseason MVP GIBBY (Carp 2nd place)

- Llance Berkman wins one of the Missouri Athletic Club's Jack Buck Awards - sports personality of the year - and gives an awesome acceptance speech


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- David Freese - Missouri Athletic Club Jack Buck Sports Awards - Hometown Hero Award, now renamed the David Freese Award

- Tim Maccarver goes to HOF as a broadcaster (bahahaha)

- Molina gets another Gold Glove (4th) plus the first ever Platinum Glove voted entirely by fans

- Cardinals take a trip to the White House (sans Pujols) Jan 12, 2012

Pujols drama and sweepstakes:

- It all started with some rather enlightening but hardly surprising Lozano drama. Then there was a statue. In the beginning the Cubs and the Marlins joined the sweepstakes, the Marlins even made a solid and quite outrageous offer but when they fell off, for a moment it looked like all we had to do is hand Pujols a pen. Then the Angels swept in out of nowhere with their new TV money and the promise of sunny California (and an ultimatum) for a guaranteed 10/$240 + full NTC + lots of perks + 10 years personal services contract. There was "not about the money" denial, crying (#pujolscrieswhen), there was pointing fingers about who felt disrespected, there was a full page ad in the PD. It took Pujols until May 6th to hit a HR and he was batting .190 on May 8th. Ouch. Thanks for the memories and good luck in Anaheim, Albert..

Staff stuff:

- Dave Duncan takes indeterminate leave of absence to be with his wife

- Jeff Lunhow hired as GM by Astros

- Mabry assistant hitting coach

- Spring Training help enlisted from Ozzie Smith and Jim Edmonds, Whitey Herzog, Willie McGee, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson.

- Ryan Franklin special assistant to GM, regional scouting

- Allen Craig married his fiance Marie LaMarca on November 12, 2011 (video)

- Lance Lynn puts his pregnant wife and two dogs in the truck and drives 53 hours during 4 and a half days 3600 miles from Portland, OR to Spring Training. Their daughter Mia Jane Lynn was born shortly after their arrival in Palm Beach County.

- Carlos Beltran shells out $10,000 to pay for a rhinoplasty for Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese.

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- Furcal 2 / $14 M

- Cardinals tender Kyle McClellan (1 / $2.5M) and Jason Motte (1 / $1.95 M); non-tender Ryan Theriot

- Skip 2 / $3 M

- JC Romero 1 / $750K

- Beltran 2 / $26 M with full NTC

- Yadier Molina receives extension 5 / $75 M with mutual option for 2018

- Carp drama: persistent neck discomfort, bulging disc in his neck, four days of various exams conclude nerve irritation separate from the bulging cervical disc issue. Eventually, when the recovery doesn't work, he receives an unusual season ending surgery in July - "first rib on his right side removed and two scalene muscles released in order to alleviate pressure on nerves running from his neck to upper arm". Currently the rib resides in a jar with solution in one of his bathroom cabinets.

- Mike Matheny's too excited for first game in ST, gets up at 3 am to go to Roger Dean Stadium, loses first game he manages.

Top HR hitters spray charts (regular season)

2012 Cardinals HRs

1. Molina 1 (S) Game 002 @ MIL (Gallardo) 384 ft
2. Beltran 1 (S) Game 002 @ MIL (Gallardo) 412 ft
3. Freese 1 (S) Game 002 @ MIL (Gallardo) 394 ft
4. Holliday 1 (S) Game 002 @ MIL (Gallardo) 389 ft
5. Beltran 2 (2R) Game 004 @ MIL (Estrada) 363 ft
6. Robinson 1* (3R) Game 004 @ MIL (Loe) 393 ft
7. Holliday 2 (S) Game 005 @ CIN (Bailey) 400 ft
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Freese 2 (2R) Game 005 @ CIN (Bailey) 347 ft
9. Molina 2 (S) Game 005 @ CIN (Bailey) 429 ft
10. Beltran 3 (S) Game 006 @ CIN (Leake) 417 ft
11. Freese 3 (2R) Game 006 @ CIN (Leake) 381 ft
12. Jay 1 (2R) Game 007 @ CIN (Cueto) 403 ft
13. Jay 2 (S) Game 009 vs CHC (Camp) 404 ft
14. Molina 3 (3R) Game 010 vs CHC (Maholm) 364 ft
15. M.Carpenter 1* (2R) Game 010 vs CHC (Castillo) 428 ft
16. Beltran 4 (S) Game 011 vs CIN (Cueto) 384 ft
17. Beltran 5 (2R) Game 012 vs CIN (Latos) 374 ft
18. Greene 1 (2R) Game 012 vs CIN (Bray) 363 ft
19. Holliday 3 (3R) Game 013 vs CIN (Arroyo) 414 ft
20. Descalso 1 (S) Game 014 @ PIT (Hughes) 381 ft
21. Holliday 4 (2R) Game 018 @ CHC (Marmol) 394 ft
22. Freese 4 (2R) Game 019 @ CHC (Volstad) 390 ft
23. Freese 5 (S) Game 021 vs MIL (Estrada) 410 ft
24. Molina 4 (2R) Game 021 vs MIL (Estrada) 372 ft
25. Freese 6 (3R) Game 023 vs PIT (Morton) 414 ft
26. Holliday 5 (S) Game 023 vs PIT (Hughes) 427 ft
27. Furcal 1 (2R) Game 023 vs PIT (Watson) 407 ft
28. Beltran 6 (3R) Game 024 vs PIT (Burnett) 419 ft
29. Beltran 7 (3R) Game 024 vs PIT (Burnett) 404 ft
30. Craig 1 (2R) Game 028 @ HOU (Happ) 398 ft
31. Greene 2 (2R) Game 028 @ HOU (Happ) 348 ft
32. Greene 3 (S) Game 028 @ HOU (Abad) 353 ft
33. Furcal 2 (S) Game 029 @ ARI (Saunders) 441 ft
34. Beltran 8 (S) Game 029 @ ARI (Saunders) 430 ft
35. Holliday 6 (S) Game 029 @ ARI (Saunders) 427 ft
36. Craig 2 (S) Game 029 @ ARI (Shaw) 439 ft
37. Freese 7 (S) Game 029 @ ARI (Shaw) 435 ft
38. Beltran 9 (2R) Game 030 @ ARI (Kennedy) 464 ft
39. Beltran 10 (GS) Game 030 @ ARI (Kennedy) 436 ft
40. Craig 3 (2R) Game 031 @ ARI (Putz) 382 ft
41. M.Carpenter 2 (S) Game 032 vs ATL (Minor) 415 ft
42. Beltran 11 (S) Game 032 vs ATL (Minor) 414 ft
43. Craig 4 (S) Game 032 vs ATL (Minor) 379 ft
44. Beltran 12 (S) Game 032 vs ATL (Venters) 408 ft
45. Beltran 13 (S) Game 034 vs ATL (Hanson) 383 ft
46. Craig 5 (3R) Game 034 vs ATL (Martinez) 399 ft
47. Holliday 7 (S) Game 036 vs CHC (Maholm) 445 ft
48. M.Carpenter 3 (S) Game 036 vs CHC (Russell) 422 ft
49. Freese 8 (S) Game 037 @ SF (Bumgarner) 372 ft
50. Holliday 8 (2R) Game 038 @ SF (Cain) 395 ft
51. Molina 5 (S) Game 038 @ SF (Romo) 417 ft
52. Holliday 9 (2R) Game 039 @ LAD (Lilly) 425 ft
53. Berkman 1 (S) Game 039 @ LAD (Jansen) 417 ft
54. Greene 4 (2R) Game 042 vs SD (Cashner) 404 ft
55. Beltran 14 (2R) Game 044 vs SD (Suppan) 393 ft
56. Freese 9 (S) Game 044 vs SD (Brach) 404 ft
57. Holliday 10 (S) Game 045 vs PHI (Blanton) 425 ft
58. Molina 6 (2R) Game 045 vs PHI (Blanton) 424 ft
59. Freese 10 (S) Game 045 vs PHI (Qualls) 451 ft
60. Furcal 3 (S) Game 046 vs PHI (Lee) 364 ft
61. Molina 7 (GS) Game 048 vs PHI (Halladay) 413 ft
62. Beltran 15 (3R) Game 048 vs PHI (Qualls) 427 ft
63. Adams 1* (S) Game 048 vs PHI (Qualls) 376 ft
64. Descalso 2 (2R) Game 049 @ ATL (Hanson) 398 ft
65. Furcal 4 (S) Game 049 @ ATL (Hanson) 402 ft
66. Molina 8 (S) Game 050 @ ATL (Delgado) 399 ft
67. Craig 6 (2R) Game 055 @ NYM (Rauch) 385 ft
68. Adams 2 (3R) Game 056 @ HOU (Harrell) 445 ft
69. Furcal 5 (2R) Game 056 @ HOU (Myers) 345 ft
70. Descalso 3 (S) Game 057 @ HOU (Norris) 403 ft
71. Craig 7 (S) Game 057 @ HOU (Norris) 348 ft
72. Beltran 16 (S) Game 058 @ HOU (Happ) 410 ft
73. Freese 11 (GS) Game 058 @ HOU (Wright) 393 ft
74. Robinson 2 (2R) Game 058 @ HOU (Cruz) 335 ft
75. Freese 12 (2R) Game 058 @ HOU (Bogusevic) 368 ft
76. Beltran 17 (S) Game 060 vs CLE (Masterson) 405 ft
77. Beltran 18 (S) Game 061 vs CLE (Jimenez) 427 ft
78. Beltran 19 (S) Game 063 vs CWS (Peavy) 422 ft
79. Freese 13 (2R) Game 064 vs CWS (Floyd) 419 ft
80. Holliday 11 (2R) Game 066 vs KC (Chen) 439 ft
81. Molina 9 (2R) Game 066 vs KC (Chen) 401 ft
82. Holliday 12 (S) Game 067 vs KC (Mendoza) 423 ft
83. Craig 8 (S) Game 067 vs KC (Mendoza) 382 ft
84. Craig 9 (2R) Game 072 @ KC (Holland) 414 ft
85. Beltran 20 (3R) Game 073 @ KC (Sanchez) 386 ft
86. Molina 10 (S) Game 073 @ KC (Sanchez) 403 ft
87. Molina 11 (2R) Game 074 @ MIA (Bell) 370 ft
88. Molina 12 (3R) Game 075 @ MIA (Zambrano) 399 ft
89. Cruz 1* (S) Game 076 @ MIA (Sanchez) 397 ft
90. Craig 10 (3R) Game 077 vs PIT (Correia) 414 ft
91. Molina 13 (S) Game 079 vs PIT (Bedard) 425 ft
92. Craig 11 (2R) Game 079 vs PIT (Bedard) 428 ft
93. Holliday 13 (S) Game 080 vs COL (Outman) 373 ft
94. Craig 12 (2R) Game 080 vs COL (Chatwood) 435 ft
95. Craig 13 (S) Game 080 vs COL (Reynolds) 422 ft
96. Holliday 14 (2R) Game 081 vs COL (Francis) 370 ft
97. Molina 14 (S) Game 088 @ CIN (Leake) 377 ft
98. Molina 15 (S) Game 089 @ CIN (Bailey) 386 ft
99. Freese 14 (S) Game 092 @ MIL (Thornburg) 400 ft
100. Craig 14 (S) Game 092 @ MIL (Thornburg) 386 ft
101. Holliday 15 (S) Game 093 vs CHC (Dempster) 438 ft
102. Holliday 16 (S) Game 094 vs CHC (Wood) 420 ft
103. Beltran 21 (S) Game 094 vs CHC (Wood) 388 ft
104. Beltran 22 (2R) Game 096 vs LAD (Belisario) 413 ft
105. Holliday 17 (S) Game 099 vs LAD (Guerra) 429 ft
106. Holliday 18 (S) Game 100 @ CHC (Wood) 431 ft
107. Molina 16 (2R) Game 100 @ CHC (Wood) 420 ft
108. Berkman 2 (S) Game 100 @ CHC (Wood) 399 ft
109. M.Carpenter 4 (S) Game 100 @ CHC (Wood) 377 ft
110. Craig 15 (S) Game 100 @ CHC (Wood) 383 ft
111. Beltran 23 (S) Game 102 @ CHC (Camp) 368 ft
112. Beltran 24 (2R) Game 103 @ COL (Francis) 406 ft
113. Holliday 19 (2R) Game 103 @ COL (Ottavino) 397 ft
114. Freese 15 (S) Game 103 @ COL (Ottavino) 464 ft
115. Holliday 20 (2R) Game 104 @ COL (Pomeranz) 384 ft
116. Holliday 21 (3R) Game 104 @ COL (Belisle) 454 ft
117. Beltran 25 (S) Game 107 vs MIL (Rogers) 376 ft
118. Jay 3 (S) Game 107 vs MIL (Hernandez) 392 ft
119. Beltran 26 (S) Game 109 vs SF (Cain) 405 ft
120. Craig 16 (S) Game 110 vs SF (Zito) 422 ft
121. Craig 17 (S) Game 107 vs SF (Zito) 396 ft
122. Beltran 27 (2R) Game 109 vs SF (Bumgarner) 390 ft
123. Beltran 28 (S) Game 110 @ PHI (Halladay) 355 ft
124. Holliday 22 (3R) Game 114 @ PHI (Lee) 363 ft
125. Holliday 23 (2R) Game 116 vs ARI (Kennedy) 416 ft
126. Jay 4 (S) Game 116 vs ARI (Kennedy) 391 ft
127. Freese 16 (2R) Game 117 vs ARI (Saunders) 380 ft
128. Craig 18 (S) Game 117 vs ARI (Saunders) 412 ft
129. Freese 17 (3R) Game 124 vs HOU (Keuchel) 386 ft
130. Craig 19 (3R) Game 125 @ CIN (Latos) 424 ft
131. Molina 17 (S) Game 125 @ CIN (Latos) 363 ft
132. Craig 20 (2R) Game 127 @ CIN (Bailey) 415 ft
133. Holliday 24 (S) Game 128 @ CIN (Burnett) 379 ft
134. Freese 18 (2R) Game 133 @ WSH (Zimmermann) 398 ft
135. Holliday 25 (2R) Game 133 @ WSH (Zimmermann) 452 ft
136. Descalso 4 (2R) Game 134 @ WSH (Burnett) 383 ft
137. Schumaker 1 (S) Game 135 vs NYM (McHugh) 373 ft
138. Wainwright 1 (S) Game 137 vs NYM (Dickey) 387 ft
139. Molina 18 (2R) Game 138 vs MIL (Henderson) 382 ft
140. Holliday 26 (2R) Game 140 vs MIL (Marcum) 403 ft
141. Beltran 29 (S) Game 140 vs MIL (Marcum) 389 ft
142. Freese 19 (S) Game 142 @ SD (Brach) 419 ft
143. M.Carpenter 5 (2R) Game 143 @ SD (Richard) 445 ft
144. Molina 19 (S) Game 145 @ LAD (Capuano) 402 ft
145. M.Carpenter 6 (S) Game 145 @ LAD (Capuano) 408 ft
146. Holliday 27 (2R) Game 145 @ LAD (Capuano) 389 ft
147. Craig 21 (2R) Game 146 @ LAD (Blanton) 407 ft
148. Freese 20 (2R) Game 149 vs HOU (Harrell) 419 ft
149. Molina 20 (S) Game 149 vs HOU (Harrell) 429 ft
150. Craig 22 (3R) Game 150 vs HOU (Norris) 407 ft
151. Beltran 30 (S) Game 152 @ CHC (Marmol) 383 ft
152. Kozma 1* (S) Game 153 @ CHC (Germano) 383 ft
153. Kozma 2 (2R) Game 154 @ HOU (Rodriguez) 390 ft
154. Molina 21 (S) Game 154 @ HOU (Rodriguez) 402 ft
155. Molina 22 (2R) Game 157 vs WSH (Jackson) 391 ft
156. Robinson 3 (2R) Game 157 vs WSH (Gonzalez) 371 ft
157. Beltran 31 (2R) Game 159 vs WSH (Detwiler) 408 ft
158. Beltran 32 (2R) Game 159 vs WSH (Wang) 400 ft
159. Garcia 1 (S) Game 160 vs CIN (Arroyo) 347 ft
1 (160). Holliday 1 (28) (S) WC Game @ ATL (Medlen) 394 ft
2 (161). Craig 1 (23) (S) NLDS 2 vs WSH (Zimmermann) 393 ft
3 (162). Descalso 1 (5) (S) NLDS 2 vs WSH (Stammen) 400 ft
4 (163). Beltran 1 (33) (S) NLDS 2 vs WSH (Gonzalez) 414 ft
5 (164). Beltran 2(34)(2R) NLDS 2 vs WSH (Burnett) 416 ft
6 (165). Kozma 1 (3) (3R) NLDS 3 @ WSH (Jackson) 375 ft
7 (166). Descalso 2 (6) (S) NLDS 5 @ WSH (Clippard) 357 ft
8 (167). Freese 1(20)(2R) NLCS 1 @ SF (Bumgarner) 405 ft
9 (168). Beltran 3(35)(2R) NLCS 1 @ SF (Bumgarner) 400 ft
10(169). M.Carpenter 1 (7) (2R) NLCS 3 vs SF (Cain) 429 ft

Here, especially for I-Musial-ly-Am, a few moments cut together from Spring Training interviews in no particular order - Lance Berkman in disguise, who decorated Descalso and Jay's place, what Freese uses as a slump buster, memories from the WS with Mo, who ratted out Torty, how much Matt Holliday loves The Cat, how to pronounce Rzep's name, Motte and the hand etc. Links only because youtube is being stupid: video 1, video 2, and video 3

Cardinals Commercials:


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--- somehow I can't embed the outtakes video to the left here, so make sure to click on it anyway and watch it on mlb.com, it's very funny

The Crazy and the Awesome - the Regular Season

Lohse no-hitter through 6, continues to pitch one run ball for 7.1 Apr 4

Beltran and Lego back-to-back, 4 HRs, 3 in the 3rd, Komatsu first hit in first PA Apr 6

Shane Robinson 3-for-5 with first career HR, Lynn first career hit Apr 8

3 HR's in 1st Freese and Yadi back-to-back Apr 9

K-Lo records 1100th K Apr 10

5 run 5th against CHC Apr 13

4 run 4th against CHC Apr 14

RING ceremony Apr 14

Matt Carpenter 4-for-4 with a HR, a triple and 5 RBIs Apr 15

4 DPs and Furcal 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs Apr 18

Matheny tossed for the first time, Yadi's 40th career pickoff, Furcal's 1000's run scored Apt 24

Cards collectively score 13 on 15 hits with no HRs, eight run 3rd - sit down Yovani Gallardo, Jay 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs, Holliday 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a walk, Schumaker 2-for-3 with a triple Apr 27

After 4 starts, Lohse is 3-0 and has an ERA of 0.99

Yadi 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs and the go-ahead HR after receiving his Gold Glove and Platinum Glove awards, Freese celebrates birthday with a two-run HR Apr 28

12 runs on 17 hits, 4-run 1st, 3-run 2nd - sit down AJ Burnett, 5-run 3rd, Beltran 4-for-5 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs, Holliday 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs, a walk and three runs scored, triples for Descalso and M. Carpenter, hits all around, Lynn 6K on 7.2 IP May 2

Greene 3-for-3 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, a walk and 23 runs scored May 6

5 HRs @ ARI - Beltran and Lego back-to-back in 3rd, Craigen and Freese back-to-back in the 7th, Lynn K's 7 in 5.0 IP, Furcal 3-for-5 with a HR and 2RBIs, Craig 2-for-3 with a HR, two walks and 2RBIs May 7

Lance Lynn 6-0 with 1.4 ERA in 6 starts May 7

Furcal 4-for-5 May 10

Cards retire #10 May 11

Beltran 4-for-5 with 2 HRs, 4 RBIs and a walk, a single short of the cycle, Beltran and Craig go boom back-to-back May 11

Holliday 3-for-5 with a walk and a HR, Greene 3-for-3 with a walk, Craig 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a walk, Cardinals score in the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, 8th and walk off in the 9th May 15

Furcal 3-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, Freese 3-for-4 with a double and the go-ahead HR, Jaime 7.1 IP 9K May 16

Tacky tuxedo travel day May 17

Matt Adams 2-for-4 in first career ML game May 20

Greene goes 3-for-4 with the game winning HR May 21

Adam throws a CGSO on 4 hits, 9 K's and 111 pitches May 22

3 HR game, Beltran 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, Molina 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs including a game tying HR, 4 run 3rd May 24

Chuckie Fick scoreless MLB debut May 26

All 8 runs FTW scored on 3 HRs, stellar defense by Furcal May 27

Matt Adams 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and 3 RBIs May 28

Lynn 8-1 with 2.75 ERA 3.02 FIP in 10 starts May 28

Molina 4-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs May 29

Sam Freeman MLB debut June 1

Lynn 6.0 IP 2 ER career high 11K, 14 runs on 16 hits, 7 run 7th, 4 HRs including Freese's first career GS June 7

Lohse 7.2 IP 3H 2BB 0R 4K

Joe Kelly ML debut - 5 IP 1 ER 4K June 10

Lance Lynn is one of the two first pitchers to reach 10 wins - 7.1 IP 3H 0R 1BB career high 12 K, ERA 2.42 FIP 2.89 June 13

This Greene sliding into 2nd, 3rd and home doesn't end well but it's still nuts June 15

Carlos Beltran is the first switch hitter in the 300/300 club - steals his 300th base June 15

Matt Holliday 4-for-5 with a HR and season high 5 RBIs, Molina 2-for-3 with a HR, 4 RBIs and a walk, Beltran 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk; 14 hits 10 runs and even though it was overturned for a second there we had a triple play for which Matheny was tossed June 16

Holliday and Craig back-to-back HRs June 17

Westy throws a CG - 113 pitches, 5 hits, 1 R, 0 ER June 20

6-run 2nd, Joe Kelly gets knocked around a bit but gets his first win June 22

Matt Holliday 4-for-5 as a DH June 23

Cardinals collect 9 walks and win 11-8 on 8 hits June 24

Cards sweep KC with a total of 41 hits and 30 runs June 22-24

Come-from-behind victory in Miami with 4 runs off Heath Bell and lineup shenanigans in the 9th, fast legs Joe Kelly June 25

5-run 1st June 26

Beltran collects his 2000th career hit June 28

Barret Browning debut with two perfect innings June 30

Rafael Furcal (leader in SS vote, 3rd AS game), Carlos Beltran (7th AS game), Yadier Molina (peer vote, 4th AS game), Lance Lynn (peer vote, 1st AS game) headed to the KC for the All-Star game; Beltran also joins the NL HR derby team July 1

Craigen 2-for-4 with two HRs, 3 RBIs and defense July 2

David Freese wins the NL final vote and is headed to the ASG July 5

Rockies killer Matt Holliday takes out the G in Big Mac Land during batting practice and goes 8-for-15 with 4 runs, 7 RBIs, 2 HRs and a walk against his former team in 4 games July 2-July 5

5-run 5th aided by 3 walks July 5

Matt Holliday replaces Yadier Molina on the ASG roster July 6

Calros Beltran hits a total of 12 HRs in two rounds (7+5) in the Derby including a 459 shot into the fountains at Kauffman July 9

Tony LaRussa wins the ASG - Matt Holliday has 1 AB and makes it count with an RBI single, Rafael Furcal gets a hit and scores a run, Carlos Beltran walks and scores a run July 10

Cards score 3 in the 9th to with 3-2 against MIL, Lynn K's 10 July 16

Trevor Rosenthal becomes the 2000th player to play for the Cardinals throws a 100 mph fastball for his first career MLB striekout, K's 2 in scoreless debut July 18

Matt Holliday hits a 469 ft HR at Busch (MLB), true distance 438 ft (ESPN) July 20

All kinds of crazy, the Cardinals score all their runs on one inning - a 12-run 7th, matching a 85-year-old franchise record from most runs in an inning, tied a 75-year-old MLB record for 7 doubles in an inning, first team in ML history to score 12 runs in an inning to break a scoreless tie in the 7th inning or later. 10 hits, no HR's, nearly batting around twice - single (Freese), pop out (Jay), double (Craig), single (Furcal), triple (Schumaker), walk (Holliday), GR double (Beltran), IBB (Molina), pop out (Berkman), double (Freese), double (Jay), double (Craig), walk (Furcal), double (Schumaker), double (Holliday), strikes out swinging but reaches 1B (Beltran), K (Cruz) July 21

Two consecutive shutouts since Oct 2010 July 21-22

Jay career high 4-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Holliday and Beltran hit back-to-back HRs, Beltran hits his 200th NL HR July 22

Sweep of Cubs on 36 hits and 21 runs July 20-22

Waino 1 H 1 BB 2 R 2 RBI, 7.1 IP 2 ER, 6 run 6th July 24

Freese 3-for-3 with 2 R and 2 RBIs receives the Cardinals Heart and Hustle Award, 18 hit 7-run win July 26

HRs in 5 consecutive innings, the first time in MLB history July 27

Brian Fuentes debuts with a 1-2-3 inning July 27

At the trade deadline Cardinals trade Memphis infielder Zack Cox to the Marlins for RHR Edward Mujica - marks the beginning of the MUBOGMOT July 31

Rox killer Matt Holliday strikes again - 5-for-9, 5 R, 9 RBIs, 3 HRs July 31-Aug1

Molina 3-for-4 with 2 R, steals 3rd and scores on error, tries to steal 2nd and end up at 3rd on an error, throws out three runners Aug 3

Sweep of MIL with a run total 18-4 Aug 3-5

Wainwright throws a complete game on 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 30 batters faced, 7 Ks and 98 pitches, also goes 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Aug 4 (the magic of VEB day)

Jay 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs Aug 6

Ryan Jackson debuts for Cardinals Aug 11

M. Carpenter goes 4-for-6 with a double and 3 RBIs Aug 12

Cardinals tie PIT for second in the NL Central Aug 16

Oquendo gets tossed Aug 17

Molina goes 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and the game winning hit Aug 18

19-inning game against PIT ends in loss but Cards about to lose it in the 17th, come back to tie it - 16 pitchers used on both sides, 281 pitches thrown for PIT, 293 for STL, after 64 days on the DL Jaime pitches 8 innings with 2 runs and a career high 10 Ks and no walks on 5 hits Aug 19

Waino K's 12, collects 12th win with a stylish complete game shutout, second of the year, 4th of his career on 5 hits and 1 walk jokes about hitting with MLBN Aug 21

Cards complete sweep of HOU with a 13-5 pounding on 17 hits including a 5-run 5th and a 4-run 8th, Holliday hits his 30th double and Freese ends the 6 game HR drought Aug 23

6-run 6th against CIN for a come-from-behind 8-5 win, 7 straight batters get on base (h-h-hr-hr-bb-h-h) and Craig and Molina go back-to-back (8th time this year), Joe Kelly K's 6 in 3 relief innings Aug 24

Holliday goes 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored Aug 26

Badass Molina hangs on to the ball Aug 28

Carp distracts Lohse while he gives an interview on live TV Aug 30

Freese goes 3-for-5 with a double, a HR and 3 RBIs, Jay makes two great catches here and here, Cardinals win it by 1 in the 9th Sep 1

Beltran insists the Cardinals appeal a decision in the 9th a call is reversed Sep 3

Molina collects 1000th career hit Sep 4

Adam Wainwright hits a HR, Shelby Miller makes his debut 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 Ks, 0 R Sep 5

Descalso escapes a rundown Sep 8

Jay sports some funky socks Sep 12

Shelby earns first career win in relief, Kozma steals the first base of his career Sep 16

The Springfield Cardinals become AA Texas League Champs Sep 16

Carp makes his first start of the season after having a rib removed, less than three months after his season was declared over due to surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome. Guess someone forgot to tell him his surgery was season ending. 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 77 pitches Sep 21

Pete Kozma goes 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and hits his first career HR gets the silent treatment for it Sep 23

Pete Kozma decides that, while he's at it, he might as well hit his second career HR the day after he hit his first, Lance Lynn earns number 17 after 7.0 IP with 9 K's, Jay makes an out of this world clown catch Sep 24

Jaime Garcia pitches 7 shutout innings and K's 5 Sep 25

Craig goes 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored in a 12-2 win against the Nationals helped by a 5-run 1st Sep 28

Kozma goes 3-for-4 including a 2-run double and scores two runs, Lohse K's 9 in 6.0 IP Sep 29

Carlos Beltran collects a walk, 2 HRs and a single and 5 RBIs, Pete Kozma goes 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBIs Sep 30

Jaime pitches 6.2 and hits his second career HR off Bronson "Redhooded Sweatshirt" Arroyo and helps reduce the magic number to 1 Oct 1

Cardinals clinch the second Wild Card a day before the end of the season Oct 2

Shelby Miller gets his first MLB start in the last regular season game, takes a no-hitter into the 6th and ends up pitching 6.0 with one hit and two walks allowed and 7 K's, Motte gets his 42nd save of the season Oct 3

Jon Jay appears in 116 regular season games and commits no fielding errors, appears in 13 postseason games and commits 1

The team scored 765 runs, 2nd in the NL, 5th in MLB, is in a three-way tie with COL and TEX for most hits - 1526, 4th in team average .271, 1st in OBP .338; 8th in team ERA 3.71, 4th least home runs allowed 134, 5th best in BB's allowed 436, five players hit 20 or more HRs

The Crazy and the Awesome - the Postseason

The sudden death Wild Card game is not called wild for nothing - the Cardinals go to Atlanta to end their postseason hopes for the second time in the last two years. Trailing by 2 runs until they score 3 in the 4th thanks to some Braves errors, Cardinals add on in the 6th and 7th and escape a major jam in the 8th thanks to a controversial infield fly call, followed by a 19 minute delay because a crapton of litter is thrown on the field by Braves fans, who don't realize that their sloppy defense took their chances of winning away much more than that call. We also learned that a bottle won't hurt Matt Holliday. Happy Flight into the REAL postseson! Oct 5

NLDS 1 is played in St Louis where the Cardinals lead 2-1 for the majority of the game, collect 7 walks and only 3 hits (Werth robs Descalso of a 2R-HR) but are unable to add on and leave a sea of 21 LOBsters. In the 8th the Nationals score 2 runs off the bullpen parade and Cardinals drop the first game of the Division Series Oct 7

NLDS 2 is a 12-4 fun blowout for the red birds even though Jaime gets taken out early and ultimately taken off the roster because of injury. Lynn saves the day and the Cardinals make everything count, collect 13 hits and 5 walks, hit 4 HRs (2 for Beltran, Descalso hits one to Werth again that he can't touch this time), Jay has 2 hits including a triple and 3 RBIs and shows some freak defense again. Fun game, Happy Flight to Washington DC Oct 8

NLDS 3 is another blowout for St Louis 8-0 on 14 hits. Carp pitches 5.2 after pitching only 17 innings during the regular season and also hits a double, Yadi draws a bases loaded walk on 7 pitches, Matt Holliday goes 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, Pete Kozma hits a 3R HR Oct 10

After dropping NLDS 4 on a walkoff and going for the deciding game 5, some more drama was in order. After jumping 6-0 on Adam Wainwright in the first three innings, the Nationals are looking pretty good. Waino records his worst start and exits the game after 53 pitches and 2.1 IP but asks his teammates to pick him up, so they start chipping away - 1 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, 1 in the 7th and 8th each. The Cardinals relief only allows 1 run in 5.2 IP. The Nats go into the 9th with a two-run lead and hand the ball to their closer. The Cardinals dugout is still alive, Chris Carpenter predicts "the most epic comeback ever". The plastic is up in the Nats locker room. One strike away from winning the NLDS, Drew Storen walks Yadier Molina. And then the exact same thing with Freese. Then Descalso singles to drive in two and tie the game. The Nats elect not to walk the next batter in order to pitch to none other than the dangerous slugger Jason Motte with the bases loaded, instead they decide it is a good idea to pitch to the Warlock in the 8th spot, who promptly singles Freese and Descalso in. The Nationals bring the Cardinals down to their last strike 5 times and can't seal the deal. They lose the game and return to a locker room still wrapped in plastic but no champagne. It is the largest comeback in winner-take-all game in postseason history and the Cardinals' 6th consecutive postseason elimination victory, 14th altogether, most in MLB. SF watches on their plane waiting to see if they are flying to Washington or St Louis. Carp holds the champagne celebration off until Descalso and Kozma finish their on-field interviews and join their teammates in the clubhouse. Epic! Oct 12

The two last World Champions face off for the first time in the LCS. SF doesn't really appreciate our Carlos. Cardinals put 2 on the board in the 2nd and exchange 4-run innings in the 4th with the Giants. Neither side's starter makes it through 4. Bullpen pitches 5.1 scoreless and some flashy defense helps keep the Giants in check. Oct 14

Matt Holliday takes out Marco Scutaro a bit too hard in NLCS 2, and Big Carp hits another double. Other than that, let's pretend that game didn't happen.

The Cardinals win a rather uneventful coupled with a lengthy rain delay Game 3. Little Carp's parents take a terribly long drive from TX to St Louis to see him hit a HR to win the game for the team. Actually, Matt Carpenter is in the game only because Carlos Beltran gets injured, so it was kismet, I guess. Oct 17

With the help of an excellent Adam Wainwright the 8-3 Game 4 pounding now suddenly puts the Cardinals in a 3-1 lead in the Championship Series. A win away from the WS and leading... hm... weird... Oct 18

So, we didn't go to the WS.. After being one win away from it, the Giants handed us the same three game ass whopping they did to the Reds to turn us around, go to the Series and eventually win it. The downside - Ryan Theriot is now a World Champion again. That's baseball, congratulations to the Giants, they outmagiced us. But all in all, we had a rather good season, an epic record setting postseason and lots of fun.

Walkoffs

M. Carpenter SO in the 10th Apr 17

Yadi single in the 9th May 15

Furcal single in the 9th Jul 8

Furcal single in the 12th Jul 25

Craig single in 10th Sep 9

Streaks (6+ games, regular season)

Matt Holliday 15 game hitting streak 23-for-59 with 5 doubles, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 4 BB Jun 27-Jul 16
Matt Holliday 7 game hitting streak 14-for-31 with 4 doubles, a triple, a HR, 9 RBIs Aug 21-Aug 27
Matt Holliday 6 game hitting streak 8-for-23 with 2 doubles, 4 RIBs, 4 BB Sep 19-Sep 24
Yadier Molina 8 game hitting streak 10-for-32 with 3 doubles, a HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB May 6-May 17
Yadier Molina 7 game hitting streak 15-for-30 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs May 23-May 30
Yadier Molina 11 game hitting streak 19-for-46 with 3 doubles, a HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB Jul 25-Aug 7
Yadier Molina 6 Game hitting streak 14-for-25 with 3 doubles, a HR, 7 RBIs, 3 BB Aug 18-Aug 24
Carlos Beltran 6 game hitting streak 11-for-26 with a double, a triple, 5 Hrs, 13 RBIs, 2 BB May 5-May 11
Carlos Beltran 12 game hitting streak 21-for-46 with 2 doubles, 4 HRs, 6 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 IBB Jun 6-Jun 20
Carlos Beltran 8 game hitting streak 11-for-33 with 3 double, a HR, 13 RBIs, 4 BB, 2 IBB Jun 22-Jun 30
Carlos Beltran 6 game hitting streak 7-for-23 with 3 doubles, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs Jul 18-Jul 24
Carlos Beltran 9 game hitting streak 12-for-39 with 5 doubles, 4 HRs, 6 RIBs, 1 BB, 1 IBB Jul 29-Aug 7
Carlos Beltran 6 game hitting streak 10-for-19 with 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 IBB Sep 13-Sep 20
David Freese 6 game hitting streak 12-for-27 with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 BB Apr 4-Apr 10
David Freese 8 game hitting streak 10-for-33 with a double, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs Apr 22-May 1
David Freese 6 game hitting streak 10-for-24 with 2 doubles, a HR, 3 RBIs Jun 10-Jun 16
David Freese 8 game hitting streak 13-for-32 with 2 doubles, 5 RBIs, 4 BB Jun 20-Jun 29
David Freese 7 game hitting streak 11-for-25 with a double, 3 RBIs, 1 BB Jul 1-Jul 7
David Freese 12 game hitting streak 21-for-42 with 6 doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 10 BB, 1 BB Jul 16-Aug 1
Allen Craig 6 game hitting streak 11-for-25 with 2 doubles, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 3 BB, 1 IBB May 9-May 15
Allen Craig 6 game hitting streak 11-for-24 with a double, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 3 BB Jun 3-Jun 8
Allen Craig 6 game hitting streak 8-for-22 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 BB Jul 16-Jul 22
Allen Craig 6 game hitting streak 12-for-24 with a double, a HR, 6 RBIs, 3 BB Aug 18-Aug 24
Allen Craig 10 game hitting streak 13-for-44 with 4 doubles, a HR, 9 RBIs, 3 BB Sep 7-Sep 16
Jon Jay 6 game hitting streak 9-for-23 with a double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 1 IBB Apt 11-Apr 19
Jon Jay 6 game hitting streak 8 -for-28 with a triple May 4-May 11
Jon Jay 8 game hitting streak 17-for-32 with 2 doubles, a HR, 6 RBIs, 3 BB, 1 IBB Aug 6-Aug 14
Jon Jay 9 game hitting streak 16-for-45 with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 RBIs Aug 19-Aug 28
Jon Jay 6 game hitting streak 12-for-26 with a triple and an RBI Sep 3-Sep 9
Jon Jay 7 game hitting streak 9-for-33 with 4 doubles, 4 RBIs and a walk Sep 15-Sep 22
Rafael Furcal 12 game hitting streak 25-for-49 with 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 6 BB Apr 29-May 13
Rafael Furcal 6 game hitting streak 8-with-26 with 4 RBIs and 3 walks Jul 8-Jul 17
Rafael Furcal 8 game hitting streak 11-for-35 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs Aug 18-Aug 26
Daniel Descalso 7 Game hitting streak 8-for-22 with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs and 2 walks Jun 17-Jun 24
Skip Schumaker 6 game hitting streak 7-for-19 with a double, a triple, 5 RBIs, 2 walks Apr 22-Apr 29
Skip Schumaker 8 game hitting streak 10-for-30 with 2 doubles, a triple, 4 RBIs, 3 BB May 20-May 30
Lance Berkman 9 game hitting streak 11-for-32 with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 IBB Apr 4-May 14

Defensive Gems

(click on the image tile to watch the highlight)

I think this year Jon Jay deserves his own highlight reel video, so here it is (thank you, IHB, for the music suggestion). And here is an alternative link if youtube removes the video or if you want to watch it before youtube had compressed its quality to garbage

Social Media Accounts
(I won't post the accounts of the wives and girlfriends, although they are easy to find - feel free to add accounts of players you know of that i missed)

Barret Browning

Michell Boggs doesn't seem to be present in social media, I, however, accidentally came across pictures and a slideshow from his winter 2011 wedding, I thought you guys might want to take a peak

Chris Carpenter

Maikel Cleto

Jaime Garcia

Joe Kelly

Kyle Lohse

Victor Marte

Shelby Miller

Jason Motte

Trevor Rosenthal

Eduardo Sanchez

Adam Wainwright

Tony Cruz

Yadier Molina

Skip Schumaker

Matt Carpenter

Daniel Descalso

David Freese

Rafael Furcal

Pete Kozma

Carlos Beltran

Lance Berkman

Adron Chambers

Allen Craig

Matt Holliday

Jon Jay

Shane Robinson

Tweeted (and Otherwise Stolen) Pictures

Also, here are my Winter Warmup photos, photos from the season here, and here the pics from the AS workout day and HR Derby in Kansas City (you better look at them cause I drove 10 hours in a day to take these! :))

So... that's it for this year. Feel free to add anything in the comments and point out any errors, misspellings, non-working links etc.

Enjoy the holLidays! See you next season :)

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