You betcha’… by Bob Ryan

you betcha imageI’ve been on vaca but some things just keep on happening….as always ….in early June…..some MLB contenders become pretenders…did you say Cleveland…the weeds outgrow the grass….the lines at Ted Drewes reach Chippewa….the ads for men’s shirts & ties dominate….you stop seeing your neighbors (they’re inside all the time due to heat & AC)….the Blues watching the final series of Stanley Cup from their sofa…ouch…that hurts…and the Cardinals keep winning. Their current 41-21 record is really unbelievable…especially considering….

 

….Wainwright, Lynn, Holliday, Adams, Jay, Wacha, Garcia, Walden have all been/or on the DL

….the only power at Busch III is Ameren’s

….Hayward hasn’t lived up to his pre-season billing….although…generally that’s impossible to do with the StL press’ sometimes delusionary level of expectations for Redbird newcomers

….Cardinal 1B (whoever plays that position for a given game) are hitting .244 for the season

…Randal Grichuk has as many HR as Matt Holliday (3)

 

But…on the other side…

…..Cards are 8-4 in June

…..Pedro…oops… Carlos Martinez has won 7 games

…..Rosenthal has 21 saves with only ONE blown save with a spectacular 0.59 ERA

….Carpenters’ tremendous Apr & May carried the team through those early months

….Cards bench has played “over their head” to this point

 

I’d go on record as saying to this point of the season…

…..the Cards have the best middle infield combination in NL …and maybe MLB… as Wong-Peralta provide power, speed, few errors, runs & ribbies and they play every day

….Manifesto Mike has managed the use of Rosenthal extremely well

….Molina handles Martinez superbly…the young, excitable pitcher requires the steady-the-ship attitude that Yadi provides…

…the Cards may now be pushed into the “Trading Corner” as their pitchers are seeing their GPS take them to appointments with doctors rather than to the Ballpark

…if Cards go just .500 the rest of the season…they have 92 wins…that’s a playoff level mark

 

You betcha’…

….the MLB should have a policy regarding how long a game can be delayed or cancelled…to have the fans sitting there for hours is really rotten…..I’m proposing that at the 2 hour mark….whether or not the game is played…all fans get an additional ticket or their money back….2 hours of waiting is long enough…who cares about how many ‘available dates’ are left for the two teams (as Danny Mc was chirping about around 1:00pm)—the fans make these millionaires…if nobody went….TV wouldn’t either…..you betcha’

….proud father Gaylerd Quigley (long time CBC math teacher) is smiling ear-ear after his daughter, Colleen (Nerinx grad) won the NCAA women’s’ steeplechase last weekend. Running for the Seminoles of Fla State, Colleen took the lead from defending champ Leah O’Connor (MICH St) on the final jump and pulled away for the win. Congrats on the NCAA Title…we’re all proud of your accomplishment…you betcha’

 

I’m just saying….

….why would Stephen A. Smith make ANY remark about women’s soccer? Then….all of us married guys learned a long time ago….you don’t talk about women’s hair…..what’s he thinking? It may have been a headline snatcher for him…who knows…

…..Colorado needs to play ALL their games on the road…their 13-18 at home…in last place….and they don’t have their usual excuse that Tulo is injured

…Miami must be regretting paying Christian Yelich “star” contact last winter and seeing a .218 average after his name…sometimes we feel like we’re the only team signing awful contracts

…LeBron has really been fabulous this post-season…I’ve turned 180 on him….when he formed a posse in Miami to intercept the NBA stagecoach and steal the throne—I didn’t care for him…now he’s really the only “player” on the Cleveland team and he scores, shares the ball, does it all…. but….that being said…I’m ready for freshness….go Golden State…is Nate Thurmond still playing for them?

….the passing of WWE star Dusty Rhoades reminded of how he was an entertainer and a simple guy….as simple as WWE guys can be…

…the Cards might bite on Adam Lind…he could platoon with Reynolds…add left handed depth…now a shortage on bench….

….Michael Sam’s departure from Montreal is probably his exit from pro football

….Houston has 36 wins…the 3rd most in the MLB….great turnaround job there! They are final recovering from Albert’s HR in the playoffs many years ago.

….how could Hitchcock not feel like a “2nd fiddle” when Babcock was pursued by the Blues? I’ll be surprised if the he makes it to Feb 1 on the bench

….gee….it’s really not hard to imagine that Florida/Florida State have a get out of Jail Free Card for all their football athletes ….as we all know some youngsters go to college to get an education and some go to perform & prepare for professional careers…also keep in mind who’s the highest paid employee of most states ….yep…the head football coach

…..American Pharoah showed it can be done…yes triple crown winners aren’t a thing of the past….why aren’t there “big” races for 4 year olds?   All those horses seem to disappear after their 3 big races as 3 year olds…

…..Rams signing the entire draft quickly hurts the press…maybe….but gets it focused on football. Maybe Rammies are interested in OG Evan Mathis (just released by Eagles)…sure the rookies SOUND good in June…but how will they LOOK in October?

 

….some quick notes from my vaca….

….no one else in the common-fan world around the USA seems to know that the Rams are likely to move??!!

….many people from all around LOVE or LIKE the Cardinals

…little sports talk on Alaskan cruises…..they kinda fade away…just as I’m going to do….C U later…ur thoughts on anything….?

 

 

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