Today in St. Louis Cardinals links: David Freese likes Battletoads and never, ever, ever getting back together; Viva El Birdos likes Stryker Trahan; elbow ligaments hate ground-ball pitchers; and everybody loves newsreel footage from the 1926 World Series. That's Friday's VEB Monitor.
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Aaron Miles' Fastball: Rogers Hornsby And The 1926 World Series
Video from the 1926 World Series, which should probably be enough of an explanation for you to click through.
FanGraphs: Stryker Trahan, Building a D-Backs Backstop
An update on one of VEB's favorite 2012 draft prospects.
Baseball Nation: Bill James on overrating ground-ball pitchers
Really interesting talk about the relative longevity of ground-ball pitchers from Bill James (and Rob Neyer.) Longevity, of course, was never much of a factor for Dave Duncan-ites for a different reason: He usually reached them late in their careers, anyway.
And let's close with two tweets-of-note from David Freese:
I appreciate that one for obvious reasons. A day later he was the cause of some minor confusion when this tweet made its way onto my active-Cardinals Twitter list:
St Louis, you were insanely loud and fun and amazing. Thanks for coming, guys. And a huge thank you to @nelly_mo for coming out to sing!!!— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 20, 2013
Just in case you were wondering who David Freese follows like you follow David Freese.