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  • Luhnow – Hero or Villian by Bob Ryan Jeff Luhnow –say his name and you’ll ALWAYS get a reaction….some StL fans drool over him and his work….others think that he’s a descendant of Satan…others have heard his name but know little about him and his work @ St Louis & Houston. ….Luhnow was hired by the Cards to implement the ideas of the moneyball ...
  • Cards Thin the Ranks by Bob Ryan With Free Agency beginning, each MLB team reaches crossroads on their roster. The Cardinals are no different. These vital decisions will impact the entire 2020 season. Taking a look… …..To no one’s surprise, Ozuna rejected the Cardinals qualifying offer. It has been raised to a hefty $17.8/year by the league.  If those qualifying offers are accepted, the player fulfills their ...
  • Nationals Time by Bob Ryan From an ancient proverb comes  these words….”There is a time to be born, and a time to die;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away… ...
  • The Golden Age by Bob Ryan The Golden Age could apply to many parts of history…the Romans, Greeks, Middle Ages, etc….it also applies to the sports world… …the golden age of each World Series dominates the sports cycle for 10 days-2 week period. As I write this on Sunday afternoon, while many expected Houston to out-hit the Nationals, the Astros have only permitted 9 runs in 4 ...
  • Green Light – Red Light by Bob Ryan We all know about the green-red-yellow light system as we drive. However, we also face it in our daily life– the same green light (go ahead make that move in your life) or red light (nope…can’t do it) system. It’s true in sports also… ….the Cardinals are facing a tough decision on Marcel Ozuna…do they resign him (green light) or…..more ...
  • Crackerjack Surprises by Bob Ryan When some of us were kids, Cracker Jack was a common type of candy. Inside every box came a surprise “prize”. Those surprises usually amused us for a few minutes….and then…it was forgotten or discarded.  That’s about the same spirit of sports surprises…it catches our attention….for a short while…then moves into the graveyard of our memory bank by about ...
  • Bright Lights of Post Season by Bob Ryan MLB teams compete for 6 months of games to compete in the post-season. It’s much easier now to make the playoffs than it was decades ago as for years the ONLY post season was the World Series. But….it may be more difficult…in another way….because a team now must win 2 or 3 different series against tough opponents. Each game…each ...
  • Breaking the Tape by Bob Ryan For the majority of the MLB teams….the race to the finish line never existed….or many faded …or… never were in the race to the finish line….that leads to some usual …and unusual responses.. ….first of all, the Cardinals despite some struggling times during the 2019 season, break the tape on the final day of the regular season. With the Cubs ...
  • September – Suspenseful & Surprising by Bob Ryan September brings to us many tense, suspenseful moments in baseball & football.  While September also ushers in some startling, surprising facts about players and teams. So are “good” surprises while others are disappointing surprises.  So…..here we go .. …it was more than surprising..it was shocking as the Cards swept the Cubbies 4 straight wins by one run! The Cards did ...
  • Car Wash Sports by Bob Ryan When you get a car wash for your car, its all shiny and bright (hopefully) on the outside. But….the real “guts” of the car …the engine and all its components …are under the hood….and…we can’t see how that looks or is doing. Same in sports…we see the outside (the games) but really don’t see what’s under the hood…..let’s take a ...
  • Freshness of September by Bob Ryan January 1 is still the newest month of the year but….September brings in some “newness” as well as some “fresh” looks…the summer weather fades as the new freshness of autumn arrives; school starts in earnest in September with full activities; September sees one major sports season fade and another arrive with new players, new coaches, etc.  Taking a look @ ...
  • Season of Crazy Bounces by Bob Ryan It’s the season of crazy bounces…once Labor Day weekend arrives crazy bounces occur….MLB teams often bounce in different paths….contenders  play with emotion, strategize heavy during games, view each AB and each pitch as important….non contenders are experimenting for next year—some players are striving for individual achievements……then football comes onto the scene…college football opens up “real” games while NFL still plays their pretend, ...
  • The Outsiders by Bob Ryan There are always situations of people being “in” or “out”, It begins early in our life in elementary school as we sense …somehow…that we’re “in” or “out”.  The outsiders almost always have a different “take” on situations than the “in” folks. Let’s look @ some outsiders… ….jumping out immediately is Kolten Wong. He seems to be on the outside. Each ...
  • Stanley’s Summer Tour by Bob Ryan The unforgettable St Louis Blues post-season championship “run” is brought back to us as we take a peek at how some of the Blues celebrated their day with Stanley.  There were lots of family moments, local celebrations, as well as some very touching moments for special people in their lives.             …Brayden Schenn got his day with ...
  • Helter Skelter Sports Style by Bob Ryan As the 50th anniversary passed this week of the horrific killings in LA led by Charles Manson and his groupies, we’re not referring to that tragic, brutal slaughter which, according to some of the culprits, titled it “helter skelter”.  The massacres on 2 consecutive nights absolutely stunned America. For those of you too young to know the gory story, a ...
  • Between and Beyond the Lines by Bob Ryan The trading deadline and other actions caused several ideas/issues to bubble up and reach the surface recently. Some were inferences between the lines….others were extrapolations beyond the lines. Many had to do with the Cards @ the deadline as many fans seemed incensed by the Cardinals inaction at deadline time. …. ….one reason Mo cited about his abstinence from ...
  • Where do You Expect to Be by Bob Ryan As the MLB turns the calendar to August,  not only the heat rises…but so does the intensity in MLB baseball. The Cards have perplexed their engaged fan base for much of the season. They raced out of the starting blocks to pile up an early 20-10 record….fans were buzzing.  Then…things slipped and on June 1, the Birds were holding a ...
  • Birds with New Nests by Bob Ryan It’s fun to “check in” on some of the former Cardinals every so often….these ex-Cards have changed their nest…so to speak….this isn’t meant to reflect good or bad moves by the Cards but merely updates on some familiar names that you may have “missed” .. one way or the other… ….Daniel Descalso(Cubs)has played more…probably much more…than expected. The unavailability of Addison Russell ...
  • Help Wanted … No Experience Needed by Bob Ryan Generally, when one sees a sign that says, “Help Wanted, No experience necessary”…we assume that it’s an entry level job requiring limited talent and lots of elbow grease. Not so in the major leagues! At the foundation of every team is it manager. Yet, there are many inexperienced managers at the helm of major league teams currently.   In the Major Leagues, ...
  • Waiting for More Fireworks by Bob Ryan We’ve already enjoyed all the July 4th fireworks…either watching the commercially done presentations or just our own in the backyard.  Now….we’re ready for the fireworks from Busch to begin….we’re all hoping for more than just a few sparklers….we’d like to see and hear the robust booming sounds of flashing fireworks across the sky. …Prior to focusing on the 2019 fireworks…..let’s look back ...
  • Greatest Fear of the MLB by Bob Ryan In the 1970’s, one of the greatest fears of MLB free agency …at least to some…was that large cities would dominate the league since they had more money available to them and would use it to cause an imbalance of success for those mega-cities.  But…first… a brief look back @ the evolution of free agency in the MLB. All fans ...