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Hunt and Peck: Special Matt Carpenter Edition

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Marp.

Eye black is good for two things: Intimidation and lookin' sexy
Eye black is good for two things: Intimidation and lookin' sexy
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He runs the back of a calloused hand across his forehead

A hand that has endured the beatings of splintering bats against its naked flesh

A hand rough and abused from years of neglect

Yet gentle enough to meticulously apply the perfect amount of under eye black

And guide misplaced pitches into outfield gaps

MATTHEW MARTIN CARPENTER:

  • Remember when Matt Carpenter wasn't a second baseman?
    Viva el Birdos: How long will the Matt Carpenter second base experiment hold out?
  • Remember when lil' Carp "wasn't hitting"?
    Viva el Birdos: Does Matt Carpenter have another slump in his future?
  • Remember when Carp was an All-Star?
    Viva el Birdos: Matt Carpenter Gets His Due
  • Remember when Matt Carpenter got that 6-year extension?
    ESPN: Matt Carpenter signs 6-year deal
    Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land: Did the Cardinals overpay on Matt Carpenter's extension?
    MLBSH: Cardinals sign Carpenter to six-year extension
    Beyond the Box Score: Cardinals extend Matt Carpenter, keep being Cardinals
    MLB Daily Dish: Matt Carpenter Extension: The Cardinal Way, from late rounds of the draft to October
    STL Today: Carpenter's deal makes him a Cardinal Cornerstone
    Viva el Birdos: St. Louis Cardinals Bet on Matt Carpenter's Skills with Extension
    Viva el Birdos: Matt Carpenter Extension Brings Stability to Third Base
    MLB: Carpenter happy to be part of Cards' long-term core
    CBS Sports: Cardinals sign Matt Carpenter to six-year, $52 million extension
    MLB: Carpenter's unlikely ascent testament to work ethic
Reaction around the Web...

Non Carpenter News...

  • The Cardinals have also signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, the person Joe has been fan-girling over for the past several weeks (Exhibit A and Exhibit B). Contract details were not available at publish time and by that I mean it is 1:25am and I have no details and will not be able to update this before it goes live at 10:30am. - Viva el Birdos
Weekend Scoreboard:

Friday, March 7 Cardinals (SS) 5 Mets 5

Friday, March 7 Marlins 7 Cardinals (SS) 3

Saturday, March 8 Nationals 4 Cardinals 4

Sunday, March 9 Cardinals 1 Nationals 11

(I am having technical difficulties with my charts, so hopefully this will suffice!)

At 12:05pm CST Shelby Miller of the Cardinals is slated to take on St. Louisan, Max Scherzer, of the Tigers. Look here for a full schedule of Spring Training action. The game will be available on MLB TV and Fox Sports Midwest. A complete listing of broadcast information is available here. Fink should be here shortly with your gamethread.

21 days until Opening Day, yo!

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