On a chilly night in October the St. Louis Cardinals faced elimination against Texas Rangers, twice down to their final strike of the game, twice tying the game. In the bottom of the ninth David Freese hit a game-saving triple to tie the game. In the bottom of the eleventh, he walked it off. I will never not post about it.
A moment, poignant, sweet
A home run in the rain
A taste of things to come
That tragically never came.
Eleven years ago today Albert Pujols launched a Brad Lidge pitch to the train track in Houston, giving the Cardinals the lead in the top of the ninth and silenced a crowd on the precipice of erupting to celebrate the Astros going to the Word Series. They would have to wait another night.
This morning, Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, a bona fide superstar at only 24, was killed in a boating accident. This is a St. Louis Cardinals-focused website, but this is devastating news for fans of baseball, sports, and general enthusiasm. Not only was Fernandez one of the best players this sport had to offer, but he was as charismatic and enthusiastic of a player as one could ask for. I think I speak for everyone at Viva El Birdos when I offer my deepest sympathies to the Miami Marlins organization and to the family of Jose Fernandez. There is an endless supply of Fernandez videos and GIFs from which to choose, but here is one from just 16 days ago, which captures him at his best--dominant, but also as joyous as one could imagine.
Of course later it would unfortunately be revealed that Big Mac performed this feat while using performance enhancing drugs and the moment became a bit diminished with that knowledge, at the time one could not deny the excitement brought to baseball by the 1998 Home Run Race.
And even now, knowing what we know, it is still a pretty cool ass moment.
I'm no fashion expert, but cannot say I love this look.
From David Freese to Ozzie Smith. Opening Day is finally here.
This past offseason Carlos Martinez has been very active in his charity organization, Tsunami Waves. The organization recently hosted a glove drive in which it collected over 1,000 gloves for children who might not have been afforded such a luxury otherwise. As someone who grew up as one of those children, the cause hits near to Carlos' heart. "The importance is not the amount of equipment needed," said Martinez. "It’s helping as many kids as possible who cannot afford the purchase. The North Coast is dear to me. My goal is not only to help underprivileged youth baseball players but I also want to support my hometown in any way possible. We have some great partners involved in this event and I’m excited to make an impact in my community." Please watch the video above where Carlos discusses his glove drive, his home town, and also some really cool highlights play with Nelly's Country Grammar playing in the background.The charity's website can be found here.
South Korean sports network MBCplus made a hype video for new Cardinals' reliever Seung Hwan Oh. The video is not in English, but is still pretty cool.
MLB Network's Top Ten Catchers Right Now has ranked Yadier Molina seventh. Per MLB Network's press release this metric takes into account "a number of offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced and traditional, plus projections for the upcoming season". Molina sits one spot above Salvador Perez of the Royals and one spot behind Brian McCann of the Yankees.