Start it out with good ‘ol Ron Santo. Sunday night Ronnie said, “Pujols is definitely a five-tool player…except for the speed.”
Ryan Dempster got himself into a jam during last night’s game. He had 2 on and one out with Pujols and Ludwick coming up. He got Pujols to pop up and then Ludwick hit a grounder back at him. Inning over. The Cubs came up to the plate and broke the game open.
I am not a fan of players that stand at home plate to admire their homers. But I am also not a fan of the Cardinals. And given the animosity between the Cubs and Cards and La Russa and Edmonds, I think Edmonds’ first homer on Friday was the greatest thing ever.
He hit it, he knew it and he watched it for a bit before heading to first for his trot. After he began to trot he then did a bat flip toward the Cards’ dugout and took a measured stare at the bench and TLR. I replayed it about 50 times.
Edmonds has been criticized in the past for admiring some of his homers. But he also hurries up around the bases so as not to show anyone up. But that homer Friday…just incredible.
You have to wonder if that’s it for the Cardinals. They are now 7 back with 2 teams in front of them, and their ace pitcher just got hurt again. I don’t put anything past them and they will likely fight to stay around. But that will be tough to overcome.
If you are a Redbirds fan, you have to wonder why this club did not make any moves to improve itself before the deadline. Based on injuries alone you’d think they would try to bring in some help. Mulder, Carp, Pujols, Duncan, Wainwright… And they stand pat when they are so close?
The Cubs and Cards play six more times this year. Each team with 3 at home.