Hunt and Peck: Links of the Weekend

Awww... He even looks cute all sad. :( - Jamie Squire

Jaime...

One of my favorite articles written on this site was the red baron's Jaime Garcia and The Curse of the Hot Lefty. I find it a perfect blend of baseball news and analysis, humor, and good looking men, some of my favorite things, but rarely all found in one place. When I heard the news about Jaime Garcia heading back to St. Louis for an MRI, my first reaction was to swear repeatedly, but my second reaction was to read that article. Upon completion, I realized three things:

1. Isn't it ironic that about a week after Mark Mulder's comeback attempt was stopped short, Garcia's return from injury was also halted?
2.  We really were not expecting Garcia to ever pitch again, yet this injury news came as shock to this optimistic, hopeful, young girl.
3. Is the the red baron British? (I guess technically he was German...)

My favorite Jaime moment was from May 6, 2011 when he took a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Brewers. I desperately wish that he will be able to pitch again and this is all just precautionary.  I truly hope we will see those perfectly groomed sideburns and the adorable, little, red glove out there with number #54 on the mound again. Not because the Cardinals cannot absorb this loss financially - because they can, and not because the organization does not have the talent to replace him - because it does, but I just truly enjoyed watching Jamie pitch and I am not ready for him to get off the bus quite yet. - Viva el BirdosSTLTodayMad em Dashes


Other Things Going on in Baseball...
  • Matt Harvey of the New York Mets threw for the first time this past week, just four months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Harvey is looking to rehab in New York to be ready for the 2015 season. - MLB
  • Spring Training games are nearly here, and that means exhibition games, which I love. This upcoming game between the Yankees and the Florida State pits the Bronx Bombers against BSC National Champion and Heisman Trophy Winner, Jamis Winston, who is pretty good at baseball, too. - Cut4
  • Uhg... Phillies... Could you like... be anymore Phillies? - CBSSports
  • So, the Angels might be discussing a six year, $150 million extension with Mike Trout. - LA Times
    That and other rumors here. - CBSSports
  • There have been some complaints about the qualifying offer and the free agent compensation system (you won't hear any from me - this system has turned out to be pretty nice for the Cardinals).  Are the complaints valid and what can be done to change the system? - Fangraphs
  • This morning, fourstick posted the results of Viva el Birdos Community Top 20 Prospects. Moments later, Beyond the Box Score shared their 2014 Consensus Top 160 Prospects, with a few Cardinal young-ins making the list.- Beyond the Box Score
What the Cardinals are Up to...
KNOW THY ENEMY...
  • Even with a top tier rotation, the Cincinnati Reds and their quiet offseason may see their window for winning championships start to close. - Sports on Earth
  • Cardinal70 (@C70) from Cardinal Conclave begins his annual spring series, Playing Pepper, looking at the offseason, rosters, and predictions of other teams in the NL Central. This week kicks off with the Chicago Cubs. - Cards Conclave
  • I just really love this dog. - Deadspin
*You might have noticed today is not Friday, but Monday, which is not the usual day for the link post. This is because you have just read the first installment of Links of the Weekend, a shorter link post to summarize what breaking news occurred over the weekend! This is to help provide more links and information and to keep the darn St. Louis media from Stonewalling me like Thomas Jackson by posting really cool, breaking information on Friday evening and making me wait a week until I can post it.

Have a link you want to share for Friday? Send it to me! Tweet me @lil_scooter93 or e-mail me at lil_scooter93@msn.com.
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