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A few years ago, Cardinals fans had to face a tragedy. Adam Wainwright would need Tommy John surgery. The reaction to this news inspired the brilliant Danup to pen this piece, Adam Wainwright and the 17 Stages of Grief.

You... you are the best. Just the best.
You... you are the best. Just the best.
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If you were like me, you were shaken when you heard the news that Michael Wacha would be headed to the DL. So without further ado, here is Michael Wacha and the 5 Stages of Possibly Overreacting, inspired by Dan's 17 Stages of Grief (which you should read if you haven't yet).

1. Denial. "Ha, very funny everybody. Michael isn't going to the DL. Obviously that is a misprint. No, he cannot. He is only 22 years old. He has only pitched 155 regular season major league innings. He can't really be hurt."

2-a. Junior Medical Professional. "My college roommate was a Physical Therapy major, so I think I know a little bit about shoulder injuries."

2-b. Find Actual Medical Professional. "So what really even is a stress reaction?"

3. Assigning Blame.  "MATHENY. Why did you let him start against the Mets? Why didn't the medical staff figure this out sooner? Look what your ego and incompetence has done!"

3.5 Re-assign Blame. "Look at all those jerks on my Facebook Wall in their Wacha sherseys taking selfies at the game. WHERE DID HE GO TO COLLEGE? WHAT PLACE WAS HE DRAFTED? HOW MUCH fWAR HAS HE ACCUMULATED? YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HIM. THIS IS YOUR FAULT."

3.5-b. Re-re-assign Blame. "This is my fault, really. Everything I love breaks. I am cursed. Damaged. No, don't look at me."

4. iTunes Playlist Cries for Help.

The Beatles - Yesterday
The Beatles - Help
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
Rihanna - Stay

5. Adam Wainwright Mancrush or Lady-Mancrush Resignedness. This is always the last step. Always.

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What Else is Going On in Baseball...

  • Here is a list comprising of some late great baseball players from the '80s that will make you feel all nostalgic and stuff. - SBNation
  • Watch this 17 year old girl and her knuckleball fool some Rays during BP. (thanks flood!) - SBNation
  • The Home Run Derby Captains have been named. - SBNationCut4
  • Speaking of which, the Derby has also elected to change the format to a bracket style. - MLB
  • Here are the updated All Star Standings. Matt Carpenter isn't too far from the leader at third base, guys. - MLB
  • The Padres fire their general manager. - SBNation
  • Jimmy Rollins has recently passed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt on the all time Phillies hit list. - Sports on Earth
  • What team has the best outfield in baseball? - Beyond the Box Score
  • The David Price rumors are heating up and with the recent injuries to the Cardinals rotation, they may have gotten even more interesting. - MLB Daily Dish
  • The Collision Rule is not without its challenges. - Fangraphs
  • Mike Napoli steals home in this weird, weird game. - Cut4
  • Baseball is excited about the World Cup! - MLB
  • Fangraphs looks at some prospects. Check out the first one! - Fangraphs
What the Cardinals Are Up To...

The NL Central

  • Sting sings at Wrigley Field. - Cut4
  • Carlos Gomez swings out of his shoes sometimes. And that is what has helped him. - Fangraphs
  • Standings
Milwaukee Brewers 47 31 .603
St. Louis Cardinals 42 35 .545
Cincinnati Reds 38 37 .507
Pittsburgh Pirates 38 38 .500
Chicago Cubs 31 43 .419
The Colorado Rockies

  • This series we are treated to a special guest preview by the one and only IHeartBoog. - Viva el Birdos
  • For more Rockies info, check out PR. - Purple Row
Weekend Scoreboard:
Friday, June 20 Phillies 5 Cardinals 1 VEB Recap TGP Recap
Saturday, June 21 Phillies 1 Cardinals 4 VEB Recap TGP Recap
Sunday, June 22 Phillies 3 Cardinals 5 VEB Recap TGP Recap
Monday, June 23 Cardinals 8 Rockies 0 VEB Recap PR Recap

The series with the Rockies continues tonight at 7:40pm CST. Shelby Miller will square off against Jorge De La Rosa - a lefty. The game will be on your TV on Fox Sports Midwest and ROOT Sports. You can also hear it on your radio on KMOX 1120, KOA 850, and KNRV 1150.

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