Since that miserable day in December when Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs it seems a few days haven't gone by in which something hasn't come up to remind us, that yes, he'll be suiting up for the enemy for the foreseeable future. It's like getting hit with a weekly cattle prod. To that end, the Cubs had their version of the Winter Warm Up this weekend as well and they didn't waste the opportunity:
Jason Heyward and Ryan Dempster reading mean tweets from Cardinals fans for the Cubs Convention crowd. This is epic.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) January 16, 2016
I wasn't there but "epic" is probably a stretch, although that's certainly more edgy and creative than anything the Cardinals muster up at these events. I don't know the nature of the tweets that were read but I have to assume and hope they were somewhat family friendly and not of the hateful variety that are so often cultivated on the internet. So if your tweet was read you should not feel embarrassed. Frankly, I can't think of a single reason to not tweet "mean" things about the Cubs and to show solidarity here's a sample I found from my own gallery (just a heads-up - they're not all winners):
I will forever like Edwin Jackson, but four years at 52mil seems more like a "Cubs move" rather than a "good move."— Alex (@alexcards79) December 20, 2012
Blame the Cubs RT "@dgoold: Rivalry in flux: Today's 26,354 crowd lowest #Cardinals-#Cubs attendance since May 1, 1998."— Alex (@alexcards79) May 8, 2013
Since 6/1, the #stlcards have been playing exactly .500 ball. Or, if you want to be a jerk about it, a whole two games better than the Cubs.— Alex (@alexcards79) August 1, 2013
It has come to my attention that the internet is not impressed with Clark the Cub.— Alex (@alexcards79) January 14, 2014
With the Cubs on cusp of being fun again, let's remember to never forget the Wrigley Field cake in the dumpster. pic.twitter.com/1eQKNuCIHe— Alex (@alexcards79) February 1, 2015
Because you asked, Ozzie Smith had more runs scored, hits, doubles, and triples vs. the Cubs than any other team.— Alex (@alexcards79) February 4, 2015
.@Cubs the prettiest lake in the Midwest. (Or something.) pic.twitter.com/PFGMf0YnTq— Alex (@alexcards79) July 7, 2015
Cubs fans are getting on a guy in the bleachers for not throwing a ground-rule double back.— Alex (@alexcards79) July 25, 2015
Now if you can pick yourself up off the floor after all of those bone-rattling burns, here's what you missed at VEB yesterday:
- Joe Schwarz analyzed an astute observation from Matt Holliday along with the Cardinals' 2015 strikeout rate with runners in scoring position and why there's reason to feel optimistic about the Cardinals' offense this year. All throughout 2015 I expected the Cardinals to kill potential rallies by failing to put the bat on the ball but I often chalked that up to being a fatalistic fan. Turns out the stats actually bore that out.
- If this quote from Holliday to Jim Hayes had not been presented as a clear joke, I could have been convinced that Holliday gets around with a cane if someone had tried hard enough. It seems just plausible enough.
Cardinals Hall of Fame
- John Fleming wrote about the eight finalists for the fan vote portion of the Cardinals Hall of Fame. They are as follows: Chris Carpenter, Mark McGwire, Keith Hernandez, Scott Rolen, Joe Torre, Jason Isringhausen, Matt Morris, and Edgar Renteria. Those are all deserving candidates but John made it a point to note that Ray Lankford is not on this list to which I say that's ridiculous. I'm not going to do a run-down of Lankford's stats right now but a case can be made that he's the second best centerfielder the Cardinals have ever had. One Lankford stat I will note though is that he hit more home runs at Busch Memorial Stadium than any other Cardinal. I've always loved that one.