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Cardinals news and notes: Fire in Atlanta, Sweep in Pittsburgh, and Pujols

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Remembering the fire at Fulton County Stadium as well as yesterday at VEB

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The Cardinals had the evening off as they headed to Atlanta for a weekend series. I am taking a family road trip and will be in attendance for Sunday's game and am anticipating something interesting because there have been some strange moments at Cardinals/Braves games throughout the years. There was Rick Ankiel imploding in the third inning in Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS. There was also the controversial infield fly rule during the Wild Card game in 2012.

But one of the stranger events happened on July 20, 1993, at old Fulton County Stadium when on the same day that Fred McGriff was making his debut with the Braves via a trade from the Padres, a raging fire inexplicably broke out in one of the press boxes. Watch the old newscast below on the story (and enjoy the vintage clips of Mike Shannon and Jack Buck).

The fact they even played the game seems insane. As for the game, the Cardinals blew a 5-0 lead and ended up losing 8-5 to fall to 55-38 and four games behind the first place Phillies. They finished the season at 87-75, good for 3rd place in the old NL East and ten games out of first.

Here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:

Striking Out In Pittsburgh

If you care to relive it, Joe Schwarz analyzed the Cardinals lost couple of days in Pittsburgh.

Albert Pujols

For no discernible reason, I tried to imagine a Cardinals existence without the Pujols era.

El Gallo and the Final Boss

Carlos Martinez is hanging out with new teammate Sueng Hwan Oh and also learning some Korean.

A Good Tweet

Excellent. Have a great weekend, everyone.