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Poppin’ champagne

It never gets old. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to celebrate a few times now and it gets better each time. This has been a tough season for me personally, but it makes it much easier to deal with when you’re playing on a winning team. I’ve got great teammates and great friends.

I was pretty sure we would clinch on the road, so my wife, Lory made sure to come along. It didn’t happen in Houston, which worked out perfectly for me because my mom made plans to come visit during the Colorado series. Colorado has a great lineup and great pitching so they didn’t make it easy for us to win, but we did it. It was awesome for my mom and Lory to be there to join in the celebration.

The clubhouse was crazy. Everyone was spraying everyone with champagne and beer.  Pujols likes to sneak up on people and dump coolers of ice cold water, which is really funny as long as it isn’t you. He got Tony pretty good. Jeff Murphy, our bullpen catcher, came up behind me and held me so Mark DeRosa and others could douse me with beer. The Denver Post got a great shot of it. I will be sure to save that one. 

Music was pumping and all the the wives that came on the trip got to come down and enjoy the fun — or maybe I should say, observe the fun, because they stayed off to the side so they wouldn’t get soaked. They got some great pictures though. I started that night, so being on the field as we got the third out was very cool.

On Monday we will be heading out to take on the Dodgers. Here’s to coming back to St Louis and popping some more champagne.

Till next time…

Back in the Day

When I was growing up, there were no Florida Marlins, so like most Floridians, I was an Atlanta Braves fan. TBS was on in our house, and I got to watch John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux play every day. They were the guys I looked to emulate on the mound.  So obviously, when word came that John Smoltz was going to be a Cardinal, I was excited.

When he arrived, I was a little leery of saying, “Hey John, I grew up watching you as a kid and
I’m a big fan,” because I said the same thing to Eric Davis when I came up as a pitcher and he looked at me and said “thats why I’m going to retire.”

So I wasn’t sure how to exactly word my adulation. But, before I could even say anything to him, he came up to me and shook my hand and said, “I’ve got to give you props for what you have done” and shook my hand. That was pretty cool.

Our last off day was Albert Pujols’ Celebrity Golf Tournament at St. Albans golf course. My wife and I had just been fitted with some new Taylor Made clubs, so I was excited to play and try them out. I had a great group and it was a lot of fun. I knew we didn’t have a chance to
win, though, when Smoltz showed up. Rumor has it that he could be a pro, he is so good.

Mike Piazza was in the group ahead of us and he looked like he was driving the ball pretty well, and Ryan Ludwick was behind us, which made for some good ribbing throughout the day.  It was a great day benefiting a great cause.  For more information about the Pujols Family Foundation, go to

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…