July 2009

Changes and adjustments

I want to say thank you to everyone for their well wishes on my health.  My shoulder isn’t 100% but I’m dealing with it, just like everyone in the clubhouse is dealing with something. I’m continuing treatment so I’m starting to feel better in my swing.  I’m making some adjustments and hopefully things will continue to turn around for me in the box.  

I launched my charity wine last weekend benefiting Stray Rescue St Louis (StrayRescue.org). Stray Rescue saves dogs and cats living on city streets and helps them find homes. My wife and I have two dogs, a rottweiler and a Siberian husky, and they are a big part of our family. The wine is  a 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet blend. It’s a very enjoyable red. You can order it online at http://www.wineandcheeseplace.com to benefit a great cause.

There has been a lot of movin’ and shakin’ around our team lately.  But I’m sad to see Chris Duncan go. He was one of my good friends on the team and it won’t be the same without him in the clubhouse.  He will be missed. As you know, we gained Julio Lugo in the trade and now we have acquired Matt Holliday.  It looks like the front office is really trying to get this team in a position to win another World Series. It’s an exciting time to be a Cardinal.  I have a good feeling about this team and can’t wait to see how the puzzle pieces fall into place.

Till next time….

Central Division showdowns

We went into Cincinnati first and took two out of three from the Reds. We also had the same umpiring crew as we did when I had my fight with the outfield wall. I was glad to see those guys because I wanted to talk to them and make sure the call was right that night. I felt because I took three steps and then transferred the ball, that it was an out and I was right. The head ump clarified that because the ball was voluntarily transferred, it was an out. Just like a shortstop turning two. I was glad to know the effort wasn’t in vain and now anyone who was wondering, knows the truth.

Before we headed to Milwaukee, the All-Star selections were announced and I want to give props to Yadier, Albert and Franklin for making the team this year. It was the first for Yadier and Franklin and I’m sure it was extra special for all in front of the hometown crowd.

Chicago was the last stop before the break and it’s one of my favorites. Wrigley has great energy and it seems like there are just as many Cards fans as Cubs fans for our series.  We ended up splitting the series, two out of four, after a doubleheader Sunday and I couldn’t wait to get back home and enjoy some relaxation. We spent our time off at the lake and any time I can be on the water, I’m happy. The three days flew by and we’re back in town getting ready to take on the Diamondbacks. Hopefully everyone is recharged and ready for the second half.

Until next time…