April Fools by Bob Ryan

 It’s April 3….but why does all the “fooling” have to occur on April 1? …..so…..let’s spread it out….let’s make it the 1st MONDAY of April….at least for this year….so this is our April Fools this year J Now go ahead…you pick which of the statements below are April Fools Day statements and which are true … answers are at the bottom of article..no cheating

#1 Stan & Red are #1-2 in all time games played as a Cardinal

#2 Jim Edmonds has more hits as a Cardinal than Ken Reitz

#3 Gary Templeton   had more stolen bases than Pepper Martin

#4 So as Yadi signs for a $60m extension…he must feel that he needs the money since his total net worth prior to the signing  is $ 38m

#5  Matt Carpenter  has a higher lifetime average as a Cardinal than Skip Schumaker

#6 Bob Gibson has issued more walks than any other Cardinal pitcher

#7 Lance Lynn has more Cardinal wins than Jaime Garcia

#8 Adam Wainwright has the lowest batting avg against him of any other current Cardinal pitchers

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…Maybe Kolton Wong was “fooling” around when he voiced his opinion about not wanting to platoon…really?….do you think ANY MLB player wants to platoon Kolton?  Do you think that any player …any level…likes sitting on the bench Kolton?  Go ahead start hitting–right & left handed pitchers, play superlative defense, run smartly and quickly on the bases and that platoon talk will cease…until then….just play…only stars can make demands.

….Jimmy Rollins is fooling himself…he’s done as a MLB player….it would definitely be hard to admit  but come on..your 38 years old, last 2 years have been very subpar with Dodgers & ChiSox..he tried making the SF Giants this spring….they offered him a minor league contract…you’ve been in 3 all star games, earned just under $100m….say goodbye graciously…don’t be thrown out like the trash.

….former Card, Peter Bourjos seems to be fooling the White Sox brass…obtained and signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, Bourjos is now tentatively slated to start ahead of rookie CF Charlie Tilson..Bourjos carries a lifetime .243 average ..come on Sox…your future isn’t in PB

….Jason Heyward isn’t fooling anyone….he still isn’t hitting….granted its only spring training but the spotlight is on him since the flopped so badly last year….well….this spring it’s a whopping .105

….Mizzou has “fooled around’ with their football schedule for 2017…season opens on Sep 2 with a nonconference cupcake(MO State)..nothing new there …but the 2nd non-conference game is 2 weeks later (Purdue) with S.Carolina (SEC in week 2)…then…the final two non-conference games don’t arrive until Oct 21 & 28—Idaho & UConn….maybe that’s a better approach?…heal from injuries, regroup offense  & defense in mid-season outside of conference, break up all the back-back SEC games

….Are the Cards just “fooling” Matt Adams that they REALLY have plans for him? He’s been up for 4 full years, last year was the 1st time that he moved much above the minimum salary level, he hit a HR every 18.56 AB last year (16 round trippers), he’s been working out in LF, lost tons of weight, never complains in public…yet….Cards sign Wong for $20mil and Adams makes the minimum…..who’s fooling who here?

….Is Kansas…or Bill Self ….fooling the NCAA basketball committee?   On 7 different years, his team has been picked #1 in their region but the Jayhawks are only  2-7 in regional championship games.

…how does Bartolo Colon fool MLB hitters?…he’s a 43 year old, a very rotund man, average fast ball but apparently superb control…. Me…I’d try bunting frequently and make that big man move 

….have I been fooled? Did I see Pete Kozma on the NYY roster?

 

 

 

In the ”No Fooling” Category

… Since the Blues  enjoyed their 5 day break in February…when they dropped their 1st 3 games after that break they are 12-1 with an OT loss & shootout since that time …what a stretch of games…. now they have put themselves into  the  “real season” (called the playoffs) again..btw…the Blues last missed the playoffs in 2010-11…only 4 NHL teams have a longer time since they’ve missed the playoffs…and one of them..the last place Detroit Red Wings will miss it this year…the 4 teams are Detroit, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and NY Rangers…remember in our 25 year span of consecutive playoffs people complained because we weren’t going deep into playoffs….guess ya can’t pls everyone

….some other Blues thoughts….Goaltending has been superb for several weeks now…since the Shattenkirk trade…it seems to me that our defensemen (Pietrangelo & Bouwmeester) have upgraded their play….and….very significantly…the infusion of several youthful forwards seems to have injected more life (and speed) into the team….finally….I like coach Yeo’s approach of ….who’s ever playing well in that gameon that night…gets the minutes late in the game…young or old….nothing is given away due to age or experience….

….the NCAA semifinals displayed some terrific basketball players and unbelievable athletes… here’s a few NCAA thoughts….you have to admire Mark Few (Gonzaga) for building his team…oops…they call it a “program” now…from a low level to the biggest stage of all….Frank Martin was a very good coach @ K-State and with the better athletes at S.Carolina—his team will be a contender in many …if not…most years…he actually began has a High School coach & Math teacher…now I can really identify with that!…..Roy Williams’ teams seem to play unselfishly despite most of them being Premier HS all-americans…Oregon’s team was a very good basketball team…but…I think that they could have played almost any sport…and played it well…..considering the  athleticism of each player.

…So S.Carolina sends both their Mens and Womens team to the Final Four this year….sounds good but….their top officials had to keep flying back & forth between Dallas (Women’s games) and Phoenix (Mens games).. why don’t they hold the Final 4 for both sexes in the same city….make it a 4 game package deal for the consumers….women (Fri-Sun), men (Sat-Mon) you might actually have some people watching the women’s games J  btw….congrats to Mississippi State Women who snapped the 111 game winning streak of U. Conn Women (what a streak!) to reach the finals.

 

#1 April Fools…nope  Stan is #1  with 3026 Cardinal games (his whole career), Brock is #2, #3 is Ozzie,  in the 4th spot is Enos and Red is #5 with 1795 …remember Cards traded him to  the Giants when he was 33 years old.. a year later he was pedaled to the Milwaukee Braves where he was a leader for them as they marched to the 1957 & 58 World Series…facing the Yanks each year…winning in 57 & losing in 58

#2 April Fools…each has 1033 hits wearing the Cardinal uniform

#3 April Fools…Pepper has 148 and Templeton 138…now Pepper did play in 450ish more games than Templeton

#4 April Fools…Yadi is worth $51m…he probably wants to double his worth with the next contract

#5  April Fools…Schumaker  hit .288 in 2442 AB for Cards; Carp is .284 in 2579 AB

#6 True…by far…. he has 1336 walks,#2 with 870 is Jesse Haines

#7  April  Fools…Garcia had 62, Lynn has 61

#8  April Fools….It’s a tie….Lance Lynn & Wainwright are each at .248 against them

 

Hope you enjoy a wonderful April Fools Monday  

 

 

Comments

  1. Jim Pleimann says:

    Not sure what to make of the Matt Adams spot on the roster.
    We do miss Shattenkirk on the power play but he was not the best defenseman in the world (by any means). Just look at the record since he left… The Blues “goal prevention” has been very impressive the past six weeks.
    I saw Kozma Sunday on TV in the Yankee game, I was shocked! First they had Ryan, now Kozma. (maybe Wong is next!!)

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