Morning, folks. The robot is a bit under the weather today (something about an extra GOTO 10 line, I believe), so I'm pinch-hitting. (Like that? I used a baseball term 'cause it's a baseball blog! See, that's the kind of quality you pay for here at Viva El Birdos.)
Thing is, there's not really much new to talk about. I could regale you for a couple thousand words about how excited I am to see Jim Edmonds back with the team, but that ground has probably already been covered by now. There's nothing new to report on the Albert Pujols front. Pitchers and Catchers Report Day is barely more than a week away, which is certainly exciting, but until that gets here it isn't much of a talking point.
On the other hand, the Super Bowl is today, which should be exciting even if you aren't a football fan. (I know we have a number of ardent non-football types around here.) After all, the Super Bowl is one of the big guideposts on the road back to baseball season, the last major sporting event before spring training begins. Me? I watch the game, and I do sort of care about it, but unless I have a definite rooting interest (which I do not this year; neither team offends me enough to root against them), I'm watching as much for the commercials as I am the game. The weekend of the conference title games is one of my favourite sporting weekends of the entire year, but the Super Bowl itself is, strangely, much less interesting to me. I'm not sure why.
So, given the lack of Cardinal-related news, the rather impromptu nature of my appearance, and the fact I need to get cracking on putting together a couple food items I promised to bring to the game, I really don't have anything substantial for you. Ergo, I'll leave you with the hope you enjoy your Sunday, whether it includes football or not. At the very least, our countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting stands at eight days and counting, which should be enough to ensure a little more brightness in your day.
The Baron's Substitute Playlist for the 6th of February, 2011 -- First six on Shuffle
"If You Need Me" - Wilson Pickett
"Streets of Laredo" - Johnny Cash
"Chelsea Girl" - Nico
"Isfahan" - Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" - Fairmont
"But Beautiful" - Billie Holliday