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When you can’t quit thinking about it…

We had planned on taking a blogging break on Sundays here at Diamond Diaries.  But I woke up thinking about the end to last night’s game and immediately went online in search of video and chatter about it.  So a quick Sunday blog wouldn’t hurt, right?

Yesterday was the Civil Rights Game and the boys were in vintage (~1947 style) jerseys.  So, watching the recap is a must just to catch a glimpse of those uniforms.  Adam Wainwright in high socks is something that cannot be missed!

You can watch the MLB.com recap here

And you can read the StlToday game recap here

But the moment of the game that I woke up thinking about is this one:

Al Behrman///AP

Should third base coach Jose Oquendo have sent Skip Schumaker home on Joe Mather’s 9th inning, 2-out smash hit to the left field wall?  If Skip had been safe, the answer would have been a resounding “Heck, yeah!”  But Skip was tagged out, the game was over and the Cardinals lost.

Watching the Reds’ left fielder fumble around for that baseball, I was certain Skip would be hustling across homeplate before the camera followed that long throw back into the infield. So close, but yet….

The Cardinals lost, but they RALLIED!!  Heartbreaking, but yet edge-of-your-seat EXCITING all at the same time.  Not the ending we’d hoped for, but a 9th inning effort that was pure baseball energy!

Have a wonderful Sunday, Cards Fans!!  🙂

Let’s win this one today!  GO CARDS!
(gametime is 12:10 pm CT)

…and lucky for me, it is a rare Sunday game that will be covered by FoxSportsMidwest  🙂


For players and fans….

superstition is part of the game.

Watching our team before games and in the batter’s box, it is obvious that superstition is alive and well in baseball.

Reportedly, David Freese has a batman mask in his locker. We’ve all seen Skip Schumaker incessantly readjusting his batting gloves. Yadier Molina must kiss the gold catcher’s mitt pendant on his necklace before each pitch. This past week, Skip wore the high socks for a couple games in hopes of changing his luck at the plate and Brendan Ryan has similarly given up his trademark sock style for the same reasons.

It is impossible to predict why or when it will happen, but during some Cardinal games, I can become a very superstitious baseball fan.

I love to be on twitter during the games – talking to other Cards fans. It is so much fun! But during Saturday’s game against the Reds, twitter was ‘off limits’. Not because the internet was down or my computer was broken. No, it was because Kyle Lohse was having a great game and I didn’t want to jinx him.

If that last sentenced confused you, I’d venture to say you are not a superstitious fan.

Kyle, who has yet to get a win this season, was phenomenal on Saturday. He was efficient, averaging just 12 pitches per inning to keep the Reds scoreless through the first six innings. Not only did he pitch strong, but he also hit his way onto base in his first two at bats of the game. Quite the day for our struggling starting pitcher!

So as not to disturb the vibe that Lohse had going in the game, I knew I had to keep doing whatever I was doing (as all superstitious fans would agree!) Unfortunately I had started the game working out on the elliptical. Because of the ‘situation’ I exercised much longer than I had originally planned, but I finally had to admit there was no way I could keep going for the entire game!

I did get off the elliptical between the 4th and 5th innings, but decided to keep off twitter, just in case that was key to our Cardinal good luck. (Admittedly, it does sound rather silly to me now as I write this, but it made sense to my irrational, superstitious baseball self at the time.) Lohse continued to mow down the Reds’ offense, giving up only one run in the 7th. (Lohse deserved the win that day…. but that is a different discussion.)

Angela and Christine (my partners in crime here on Cardinal Diamond Diaries) knew what I was up to. I had messaged them early in the game about my mission – to stay off twitter- so as not to jinx the good luck. They, of course, laughed at my foolishness, but I’d like to believe they were also nodding their heads sympathetically at my chosen role for the day…. ‘Superstitious Baseball Fan’.

Both of them later fessed up to their own baseball superstitions:

Christine wrote about one:
This started out as a playoff superstition in 2006 – one day I decided to wear the same earrings because I’d worn them the day before and the Cards won. That continued throughout the playoffs, and obviously through the World Series, so now I do that all the time starting on Opening Day. If they win on Opening Day, I’ll wear those same earrings (or bracelets, if I wear particular ones that day too) each day until they lose. Then I’ll switch to another pair. If they win that day, I’ll stick with those … on and on, switching around all my pairs of earrings.

After some consideration, Angela came up with her own example:
During the 20 inning game, I refused to get off the couch. I moved everything – computer, work, phone, drinks, everything to the coffee table so I wouldn’t get off the couch, for fear I’d mess something up. I don’t do that often (Friday night I watched from my couch, a chair and in bed!), but games like that I do. I’m worse in the playoffs – in college, wherever I sat at the beginning of the game was where I stayed. If I left to get something from my dorm room and came back to find someone had taken my seat, I’d force them to move (I sat ON a guy for half an inning once before he moved – but we won, so I did the right thing).

We’d like to think we aren’t alone in our quirky superstitions. So, share your game day rituals in the comments box below!

Our reader poll question for the day:

1.How superstitious are you as a Cardinals fan?

One month down …

The Cardinals finished April with a 15-8 record (although it should likely be 16-7, since last night’s game should have been stopped for a rain delay when the Cards were winning 2-0). Regardless, the Cardinals have a three-game lead over the Reds, the only other NL Central team with a winning record at 12-11. They also are tied with the Padres (anyone else surprised?) for the best winning percentage in the National League, .652.

Enough numbers. April was a great month for the Cardinals, with many memorable games and exciting moments. Yes, there were eight losses that also are memorable – to distract myself while running this morning, I tried to remember each of them and could easily recall seven. (The only one I couldn’t remember details of was one I didn’t see at all, the Astros first win of the season on April 15.) With one month down, here are my highlights of the past four weeks.

Biggest surprise
Jaime Garcia
Obviously, with the way Jaime pitched during spring training, we knew he deserved his spot in the starting rotation. Yet did anyone expect he’d do this well? (Hoped he would, sure – but expect it?) He leads the starting rotation with a 1.04 ERA, has allowed no home runs and showed considerable poise in pitching against top-of-the-rotation starters Yovani Gallardo, Johan Santana and Tim Lincecum. It’s a joy to watch him every time he starts.

Other surprises
Brad Penny – Tough break for him last night. (Thanks, umps.) He’s been outstanding.

Colby Rasmus – He’s currently leading the National League in on-base percentage and OPS and is second in slugging percentage, has six homers (love those Colby jacks!) and – amazingly – 17 walks. Another fun guy to watch, game after game.

The bullpen – Everyone’s biggest worry going into the season had a terrific month. The reliever with the highest ERA is Joe Mather. (Ha!) Behind him is Mitchell Boggs at 4.00. Ryan Franklin is seven for seven in save opportunities, and Jason Motte got a save the other night. Overall, Cardinals pitching has the best ERA in the National League, 2.65.

Biggest disappointment
Skip Schumaker
He’s struggled both at the plate and on the field. He temporarily boosted his luck by adopting Brendan Ryan’s high socks Wednesday night and reached base four times, with two singles and two walks. But on Thursday he was 0 for five and yesterday was back to the regular socks once again. He has three errors at second base (I actually thought he had more) and hasn’t always looked as skilled and sure handling the ball as he did last season.

Other disappointments
Brendan Ryan – The CDD favorite has had a very rough month at the plate. Hopefully a new month will mean better production for our Brendo!

Albert’s strikeouts – He had 14 strikeouts for the month, compared to 13 walks. A week ago, it was hard to watch his at-bats. However, since he’s Albert, he’s turned things around.

Best game
April 12
The Cardinals home opener is always such a goosebump-inducing event with the Clydesdales and the Hall of Famers and the parade of players before the game. Add to that a victory featuring Albert with a homer and four RBIs, Ryan Ludwick going four for four and Adam Wainwright pitching eight scoreless innings – yeah, best game of a month filled with many good ones!

Worst game
It’s been a good month when there’s no blow-out loss that automatically stands out. The April 20 loss to Arizona (when the Cards kept scoring, but then giving the runs right back and Dan Haren went four for four at the plate) or last night’s loss to the Reds (especially all the chances on offense they couldn’t capitalize on once play resumed) tie for the worst game.

Most memorable game
Note to my friend Michael: SKIP THIS!
The 20-inning game on April 17. Yes, it could have been managed better (and thus has provided much fodder for the La Russa haters of the world). Yes, Felipe Lopez is now on the disabled list because he pitched the 18th inning with an already sore elbow he didn’t tell anyone about beforehand. Yes, even a mention of the game still infuriates my friend Michael two weeks later. But that afternoon and evening provided so many of the reasons why we watch and love baseball – to see things we’ve never seen before. Lopez pitching. Mather pitching. Kyle Lohse playing left field. Yadier Molina momentarily breaking Mets’ hearts yet again with a game-tying single in the bottom of the 19th. I still marvel at that game and all that happened throughout those nearly seven hours.

Pitcher of the Month
Jaime Garcia

Player of the Month
Colby Rasmus

And now to build on a successful April into an even better May!

Photo Thursday

Welcome to our first weekly photo post! Enjoy the week in pictures. If you come across a picture we should use in the next post, contact one of us via Twitter or send an e-mail to cardsdiamonddiary@gmail.com. Also, if you have suggestions for a different way to display the pictures besides a big link dump, let us know. We’re new at this, after all …

Brendan makes a diving stop. We could watch him do this alllllll day.
Easy Albert. It wasn’t a great call. We know.

Thankful Albert. We’re thankful for the home run too.
I gotta get me some of them shades, man. Brad Penny admiring Carp’s fashion.
I’ma get you. Brendan didn’t have to work too hard to chase down Bengie Molina. Bengie is a big boy.

Signs of a good night. RBI base hit? Check. Dirty jersey? Check. We love Yadi!
Welcome to the majors, Jon Jay. Don’t worry, this won’t be your last at bat.
This picture is just sweet. Matt Holliday connects for a broken bat base hit in the rain.

Happy birthday! Which present was better: Yadi’s hit or Motte’s save?
Speaking of saves, this one was pretty good too.
Can’t forget Luddy. He came through when needed too.
Because it’s his birthday, Carp gets two pics. This is our all-time fav! If we had to, we would nominate this as the official photo of the CDD.

Getting dirty. The high socks were a hit for Skip Schumaker, who broke out of a slump and got on base 4 times last night.

Chilling in the dugout. Is there room for us on that bench?
We want to know… what is Jaime throwing here? Fastball? If so, which kind?

Final stamp of approval on this week: We approve of Skip’s socks from last night. Well done, Skippy.

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