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Baseball: April 2008 Archive

Apr
30
2008

Geovony Soto is the Man

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
sotohitting.jpg***Since he's single handedly destroying the Brewers tonight I figured it was time to re-run this post I wrote last week.

While there have been a lot of things to be happy about with this Cubs team this season, the player I am happiest about is C Geovony Soto. Soto is the co-leader for Rookie of the Year at this point, with teammate Kosuke Fukudome, as he's hitting .353 with 3 home runs, 14 RBI's .337 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI's and has an on-base% well above .400. I think we all saw what Soto brought to the Cubs last season at the end of the year but I had no idea that he had the patience at the plate that he has (13 15 walks). He is already be one of the top three catchers in the NL when it comes to offense.

Defensively, Soto is about league average, or a little above, and still a work in progress. He is a hard worker, as evidenced by the time he has put in already this season working on his footwork and throws to second. Maybe most importantly is the fact that Soto works so well with the pitching staff and really has a knack for communicating with them. Whether he's had to get in the ear of Carlos Zambrano or build up the confidence of Rich Hill, Soto has been there to play the part of camp counselor. It seems that he understands that the most important aspect of catching is being able to bring the best out of the pitchers.

I think we were all hoping for Soto to have a good season this year but with the start he's gotten off to I think that expectations are rising. Luckily for Soto, it looks like the sky may be the limit for him.

 


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Apr
30
2008
Cubs Chase Brewers, Never Catch Up
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (1) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
This wasn't exactly the way the Cubs wanted to start this nine game stretch of games against NL Central foes as they lost to the Brewers last night 10-7. The Cubs fell behind early as Mike Cameron doubled in a...
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Apr
30
2008
Cardinals Crush Cueto
After losing the first game of the"vendetta" series against the Cincinnati Reds the St. Louis Cardinals looked to get back on track with a victory on Tuesday. The series picked up the vendetta moniker after comments made by ex-GM Walt...
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Apr
29
2008
Sports Illustrated Hates the Cubs
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
****Major hat tip to The Big Lead for posting this picture of the upcoming issue of SI.I no longer have a subscription to Sports Illustrated since almost all of their articles are online and there were too many ads in...
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Apr
29
2008
Brewers vs. Cubs - Series #10 (5-3-1) - For Real?
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs host the Brewers the next three nights as they begin their toughest seven day stretch of the season. Both teams come into the series after losing two out of three to teams they should have beaten (Cubs/Nationals, Brewers/Marlins),...
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Apr
29
2008
The Catch
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (1) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
In case you weren't able to see Reed Johnson's diving/tumbling catch into the left-center field wall on Saturday night, here is a screen cap of it from Comcast Sports. This may have been the greatest catch I've ever seen. All...
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Apr
28
2008
"The Beginning" Has Ended
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Let's hop into the time machine and go back to my April 7th post:I call this series, "The Beginning" because it's the beginning of a stretch of games for the Cubs against a relatively easy schedule. They have the Phillies...
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Apr
28
2008
Cubs Frustrated in Washington
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (5) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Maybe these Cubs aren't so different? Just when you think the team is about to take off and run away with the NL Central they go and lose two out of three to probably the worst team in the National...
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Apr
25
2008
Cubs vs. Nationals - Series #9 (5-2-1) - Capitalize on Capitol Hill
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (1) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
It took me a good five minutes to figure out whether capitol was spelled "capital" or not....at least you have the picture with the huge headed Washington Nationals mascot to steal your interest. The Cubs head to Washington to do...
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Apr
25
2008
Cubs Drop the Ball, Lose to Rockies
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (4) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Just when it looked like the Cubs were on their way to pulling out another tough fought game....Ryan Theriot dropped the ball on a double play transfer to end the 8th inning, the Rockies scored the go-ahead run and then...
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Apr
24
2008
Cubs Win #10,000
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (4) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
As Erin said yesterday in the comments, the Cubs had the opportunity to win their 10,000th game as a franchise last night and they did it with a 7-6 win over the Rockies in 10 innings. I'm not sure what...
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Apr
23
2008
Cubs vs. Rockies - Series #8 (5-2) - Mile High...High?
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (6) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs travel to Colorado as the hottest team in the National League and on their way to taking over the universe. The Rockies wait for the Cubs as losers of three straight, including being swept in a two-game series...
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Apr
23
2008
These Cubs are Different
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
As I sat around last night basking in the glow of the Cubs winning 7 out of 8 during their home stand and 14 out of their last 18 I began to think about why this Cubs team seems so...
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Apr
23
2008
Cedeno and Cubs Sweep Mets
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Ronny Cedeno had five RBI's yesterday as the Cubs completed a two game sweep of the Mets with a 8-1 victory at Wrigley Field. It was the fifth win in a row for the Cubs and they've now won 8...
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Apr
22
2008
Errors and ERA
I was just reading the PostCards Q&A post by Derrick Goold over at the Post Dispatch and the following question was asked."This is a general question about baseball that has always bugged me, and I was hoping to find an...
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Apr
22
2008
A Letter to Ben Sheets
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (4) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Dear Mr. Sheets,I drafted you in the seventh round of my fantasy baseball draft this season in the hopes that you would finally be healthy in your contract year. I've heard the complaints of my fellow GM's as they've dealt...
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Apr
22
2008
Cardinals Get Back On Track
The Cardinals looked to get back on track last night against the Milwaukee Brewers after losing two straight to the lowly Giants. They were able to pull off a 4-3 victory, but not until a little bit of funny business...
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Apr
22
2008
Cubs Kids Come Through in the Clutch
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Just when it looked like the Cubs were on their way to squandering a game by making two quick outs after loading the bases in the eighth inning.....the Cubs Kids Corps came through. It started with a Ronny Cedeno two-strike...
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Apr
21
2008
Mets vs. Cubs - Series #7 (4-2) - Meet the Mets
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
For those of you wondering why I put the number of the series up, it's because if you want to get into the playoffs, you have to win as many series as possible. Pretty simple, no? Anyways, somewhere along the...
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Apr
21
2008
Cubs Have Great Weekend
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (9) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
It all started on Friday with Sports Illustrated cover girl Marisa Miller making throwing out the first pitch relevant and it ended with the Cubs sweeping on Sunday. A lot of things happened in between but all in all it...
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Apr
19
2008
Cardinals Nation: Where Are You?
St. Louis is constantly tauted as one of the best baseball cities in America. Home to what some may refer to as the most dedicated, passionate and die-hard fans around. It has been this way for years upon years. Ever...
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Apr
18
2008
Pirates vs. Cubs - Series #5 - We Meet Again
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs swept the Pirates last week and look to do the same this weekend after taking two games from the Reds. Two of the games against the Pirates went to extra innings so these guys won't go down without...
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Apr
18
2008
Lilly Struggles as Cubs Drop Series Finale
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs dropped their series finale to the Reds as Ted Lilly struggled once again as he's still winless on the season after throwing six innings yesterday. The Cubs took the first two games of this series so I'm not...
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Apr
18
2008
Quaking and Shaking
Big news around Indiana this morning. EARTHQUAKE! Take cover.....get under a door frame or whatever. I'm not exactly sure what you are supposed to do during an earthquake because well.....I live in Indiana. In grade school we would hide under...
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Apr
17
2008
Zambrano Will Never Learn, Might be Real Crazy
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (7) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
While reading about the stupid phenomenon of throwing 15 balls onto the field I ran into this little nugget....Speaking of guarantees, Carlos Zambrano guaranteed Thursday morning that he'd hit the centerfield scoreboard with a home run during batting practice this...
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Apr
17
2008
Cubs Fans....Cut it Out
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (5) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt and the probability of someone getting hurt greatly increases when people decide they are going to throw baseballs back onto the field after a Reds home run. I understand the tradition...
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Apr
17
2008
How Are They Doing It?
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (7) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
In order to win you not only need to know what your strengths/weaknesses are but also those of your competitors. I wrote off the St. Louis Cardinals before the season even began but now they have a record of 11-4...
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Apr
17
2008
Cubs Continue Hit Parade Against Reds
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs dominated in all facets of the game last night as they beat the Reds 12-3 in a game that was played with up to 30mph winds blowing out to left field. Carlos Zambrano led the way on the...
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Apr
16
2008
Beantown West Invades the Dodgers Front Office
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (5) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
I have to say that I'm a bit jealous that this happened to her and not me but....Erin from Beantown West had the pleasure of taking in a Dodgers game the other day......from a luxury suite......with a visit from Dodgers...
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Apr
16
2008
Cubs Crush, Soriano Crumbles
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Ah yes, would you like the good news or bad news first?? The good news is that the Cubs bats woke up last night as the beat the Reds 9-5 in a game that was filled with drama. Derrek Lee,...
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Apr
15
2008
Weirdest Cubs Injuries
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (13) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
All baseball teams go through injuries during their season but it seems that the Chicago Cubs have some of the wackiest injuries in all of baseball. With Alfonso Soriano getting injured last night while doing his patented 'hop' while catching...
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Apr
15
2008
Reds vs. Cubs - Series #4 - The Return
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (6) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Not only does Dusty Baker return to Wrigley Field this week but so does....Corey Patterson! Nice. I'm a huge Patterson supporter and I feel that he was totally jerked around by....Dusty Baker when he was with the Cubs so of...
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Apr
15
2008
Dusty Baker Returns to Wrigley
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
When the Cincinnati Reds make their first trip into Wrigley Field this season tonight they'll be carrying some extra baggage as former Cubs manager Dusty Baker makes his return. Boy, this is going to be weird. Not weird like seeing...
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Apr
14
2008
Cubs Drop the Ball in Philly
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (8) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
After sweeping the Pirates to begin their first road trip of the season it looked like the Cubs were just about ready to take off and run away with the NL Central (not really).....and then they went to Philadelphia. First...
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Apr
14
2008
Cubs Prospect Jeff Samardzija Excelling at Double-A
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
I've covered Cubs P Jeff Samardzija a couple of times before (here and here) and I'm sure you all know him by now so there isn't a need to get into his history too much. Samardzija has been able to...
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Apr
12
2008
Cardinals Off To Hot Start
First off I'd like to apologize for my absence the last week or so. I know you have all been chomping at the bit for some Rampage home cooking. Or more likely....you all haven't even noticed I was gone. Anywho,...
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Apr
10
2008
Who's at Fault for the Pujols Slide?
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (9) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
I went over this a little bit last season with the A-Rod slide into second base, but since it's kind of popped up again the last few days....let's make another run at it. Plus, it's nice to talk about general...
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Apr
10
2008
Dempster Dazzles as Cubs Win Marathon Game
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Usually when the Cubs have played 27 innings of baseball they hop on a plane and head to the next city. That's not the case this week as the Cubs followed up their 12 inning affair with the Pirates on...
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Apr
9
2008
Vote No to Reed Johnson as the Starting Centerfielder
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (10) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs are six games into the season and people are already calling for Reed Johnson to be the starting centerfielder for the Cubs. No. No. No. A thousand times no. A million times no.First, between the two of them,...
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Apr
9
2008
Player of the Day - Doug Davis
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (1) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
For most of us, being a starting pitcher in the big leagues would be a daunting task....now imagine doing it two days before undergoing surgery for Thyroid Cancer. That's exactly what Arizona SP Doug Davis did last night as he...
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Apr
8
2008
Orioles CF Adam Jones is Sleepy
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
So I'm watching the Orioles/Rangers game through the Yahoo! Gamecast today and I figured I'd check out how Orioles CF Adam Jones has been doing this season since he was the big name coming back to the O's from the...
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Apr
8
2008
Cubs in Need of Better Defense at Second Base?
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
I really enjoy having Mark DeRosa on the Cubs but he now has two very costly errors in only seven games this season. Is it time to start thinking about other options at second base for the Cubs?When DeRosa signed...
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Apr
8
2008
Cubs Slide by Pirates
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (2) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
You know that old saying, "A win is a win is a win is a win...."? Well, this was a win but it sure didn't feel like it after the Cubs gave up a 7-0 lead because of poor pitching...
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Apr
7
2008
Cubs vs. Pirates - Series #3 - The Beginning
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
I call this series, "The Beginning" because it's the beginning of a stretch of games for the Cubs against a relatively easy schedule. They have the Phillies at the end of this week but over the next three weeks they...
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Apr
7
2008
D-Lee Leads the Way
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (7) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured
I'm not sure there can be a must-win series this early in the season, but with the Cardinals (5-1), Brewers (5-1) and Reds (4-2) off to hot starts this season it was extremely important that the Cubs won at least...
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Apr
3
2008
Astros vs. Cubs - Series #2 - Texas Tussle
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (9) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Astros aren't the force that they used to be in the National League Central but they can't be taken lightly as they still have the offense to get the job done. The Cubs should have the advantage as the...
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Apr
3
2008
Zambrano Bodily Fluids Update
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (6) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
With Carlos Zambrano on the team you never know what you are going to write about and this time it's his issue with cramping up during his outings. Apparently, Big Z is a big fan of drinking quite a bit...
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Apr
3
2008
Cubs Lose; Soriano to Hit Leadoff
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (4) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
Well, that whole 'Alfonso Soriano hitting second' experiment didn't last long as he has now started the season 0-9 and will be moved back to the leadoff spot on Thursday:''I'm going to put [Alfonso] Soriano back in the leadoff spot...
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Apr
2
2008
Note to Cubs: Steal Bases
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (0) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
The Cubs head into the game today hoping to hold off on having their first losing streak on the year. In order to do my part to help, here's an idea the Cubs should use over the next two games...
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Apr
2
2008
Opening Day Part Deux: Cardinals Lose
The St. Louis Cardinals came out firing on all cylinders for their opening game of the season on Monday. After working up a 5-1 lead against the defending National League Champion Rockies, the weather decided to rain on the day's...
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Apr
1
2008
Don't Worry About Kerry Wood
By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (7) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
It seemed that every time something went wrong during the game yesterday Bob Brenly and Len Kasper, the Cubs announcing crew, said that all the fans and Chicago newspaper columnists would be complaining today that the Cubs were doing the...
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Apr
1
2008
Rain Rain.....Go Away
The Cardinals looked to start the MLB season off on the right foot on Monday, but were postponed by the unstoppable force that is Mother Nature, that ungrateful bitch. The Cardinals opened the season in St. Louis versus the Colorado Rockies with...
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