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I'm not trying to get at anything by including a photo of our former All-Star third baseman, I promise. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
I'm not trying to get at anything by including a photo of our former All-Star third baseman, I promise. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Morning, all.

I'm sick. In fact, I'm a little more than sick. Short of death, for the moment anyway, but more than sick. My mother has had something awful for the past two weeks or so, and in the course of trying to help her out while she convalesces I'm fairly certain she gave me whatever she had. I rarely get sick, but this thing is absolutely brutalizing me at the moment.

Unfortunately, this puts me in a bad position. I took off work today, sat down at the computer thinking I could at least get some writing done, and I don't think I'm even going to be able to do that. I started writing a scouting report on the Cards' two Futures Game participants for the RFT (spoiler alert: they both looked really good), but I don't know if I'm going to get it done or not. What I do know is that I literally don't have the energy to type. How pathetic is that?

So, as much as I hate to do it, here's a relatively open thread for you guys. I'm sorry about this; I actually had an idea, which is rare for me when I sit down at the computer. But, so it goes. Topics for discussion include: how awesome it is to know when our Cardinals arrive in the World Series they will be playing game one right here in St. Louis,  how you feel about George Steinbrenner (though that may have been covered yesterday; I haven't read any of the threads so I don't know), what we should expect from the Cards in the second half, who Mo needs to get off his duff and trade for, who shouldn't be on this roster at all -- cough wholemiddleinfield cough -- and what a crime it is Fresca isn't available in soda fountains very often. (Oh, and the coughs around "whole middle infield" weren't attempts to be discreet. I'm just coughing a lot. Our middle infield sucks. All of them.)

Happy All-Star Victory Day, everyone! Huzzah!

The Baron's Playlist for the14th of July, 2010

"Any Way You Want Me" - Spiritualized

"What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go this Way)" - Wolf Parade

"Boiled Potato" - Blake Babies

"The Killing Moon" - Echo and the Bunnymen

"Conquering Kids" - Throw Me the Statue (Best band name ever. Seriously.)