If you didn’t get to see it last night, this is the moment.

First rings for more than one veteran player. First rings for young guys still not much out of the minors. Second rings for the core of the team that gave us a championship in 2006. Smiles on the face of all of St. Louis.

I’ll have more to say on this later, but if you’ll excuse me I have to refresh three different browsers with the window for buying championship rally tickets.

National Post:

Rasmus, 25, was the centrepiece of a three-team, 11-player trade that liberated him from a troublesome period in St. Louis. At the time, he was batting .246 with a .332 on-base percentage, 11 homers and 40 RBIs.

His line with the Jays included a .191 average, .223 on-base mark, two homers and 13 RBIs in 30 games. In his previous 11 games, he is three-for-40 with 17 strikeouts.

Allow me:

Michele Catalano on American McCarver:

Last night was a reminder of why we love the game. There are times as fans when we get frustrated and annoyed with shoddy ownership, millionaire crybabies, Bud Selig and off-field antics, but the incredibly dramatic finish to the 2011 regular season was a thing to behold. For a while, it didn’t matter who you were rooting for or against. Anyone who is a baseball fan knew they were witnessing the greatest finish to a season ever and we reveled in it. That drama, that intensity, the pure joy in Tampa and the despair in Boston — that whole emotional roller coaster is what makes being a sports fan both an awesome and a nerve wracking experience.

Last night’s baseball was amazing. I watched the Phils play the Braves for most of the night (after my Cards went up by a ton) and enjoyed every minute of it. These were two very exciting wild card races and one unbelievable September.

I love this sport and I’m not looking forward to the long winter (except for getting hockey back—that’s cool).

In the envelope in which I received a recent Cardinals ticket order, there was a game schedule. This year’s marketing theme for the Cardinals organization is “We Are Cardinal Nation”.

On the back of the schedule there was this text. I found it especially neat.

We are Cardinal Nation.
We are the 3 million in the stands and the millions more at home.
We are generations of generations.
We are a father, a son, and a scorecard.
We are Ducky, Dizzy, and The Rajah. Albert, Yadi, and Waino.
We are a hard nine.
We are a kid, an old radio, and a disregard for bedtimes.
We are curtain calls and the Clydesdales.
We are sac bunts, hitting the cutoff, and the 4-6-3.
We were “America’s Team” before there was such as a thing as “America’s Team.”
We are 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 24, 42, 45, and 85.
We are “Go Crazy Folks” and “That’s a Winner.”
We are Hornsby’s .424 and Gibby’s 1.12.
We are Bonilla’s hamstring and a rookie named Albert.
We are Robison, Sportsman’s, and Busch.
We are “Seat Cushion Night.”
We are Ol’ Abner, among other Shannon-isms.
We are “Brummer’s stealing home!”
We are 1892, and 1982. (And not to mention ’26, ’31, ’34, ’42, ’44, ’46, ’64, ’67, and ’06.)
We are the Gashouse Gang, Slaughter’s Mad Dash, and Brock for Broglio.
We are backflips on Opening Day.
We are peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and home runs that break things.
We are a porch swing, a summer night, and the crackly of the Mighty ‘MOX.
We are Whiteyball and the baby blues.
We are Mike Laga and the Legendary Foul Ball.
We are “Meet you at Musial.”
We are 42,396 on a Tuesday night.
We are 475 home runs, 3,630 hits and 3 MVPs, despite WWII.
We are George Kissell.
We are two birds on one bat. And always will be.
We are 43 Hall of Famers, 10 World Championships, and counting.
We are the first team this side of the Mississippi…
And the best fans this side of anywhere.
We are Cardinal Nation.

Two points of which you should be made aware before you read this:

  • I work for Automattic, the parent company behind WordPress.com (so I work “here”), and
  • You should ask me about my love of baseball and the Cardinals sometime.

Through links to my own site, some random searching and perusal of the baseball tag here on WordPress.com, and looking through the tag page for Cardinal Nation (which I suggest you use if you are a blogger who is all about the Cards), I’m trying to compile a list of Cardinals-related blogs on WordPress.com. If you think your blog should be in this list, please leave me a comment and I’ll check it out.

Perhaps this should lead into a meetup or something of the sort, as it’s always awesome when WordPress peoples get together and always awesome when Cardinals fans get together, so getting those things together can only be a winning combination.

The list:

WordPress.com blogs that have moved elsewhere:

Comment if I missed you. :)

When we were at the Cards/Padres game over Opening Weekend, I decided it would be a cool idea to record some of the ambient noise just using the memo feature on my iPhone.

I had completely forgotten about this until just this morning—and when I checked, I realized that I’d recorded a Pujols home run (his first of this year, actually) and the crowd reaction to it. If you listen very carefully, you can hear the ball jump off the bat.

The fireworks going off made Caleb collapse against my shoulder and cover his ears. I don’t think he had any idea what was going on, but he’s said that he’s happy to go to another game so long as there are no fireworks there. (We were also in Left Field Terrace seats for the game, so we were pretty close to the noise.)

As a self-proclaimed and fully-fledged member of Cardinal Nation, I have to admit that I really love the slogan the Cards are using for their publicity this year. I also like to promote things I am interested in or care about.

After a lot of searching, I unfortunately couldn’t find an image that was of a suitable size for displaying in my blog sidebar, so what I did is search for the best image I could find from that campaign, put it in the right sizes, and created a bunch of buttons for myself (you can see one in the sidebar of this blog if you go to the main page).

If you want to use these on your own size, please feel free. I’m not making any claim on the images. Here they are, in several widths:

300px
250px
200px
150px

Yes, I do realize that the words and images used in these are trademarks of the Cardinals organization. If you are reading this and you are from the Cardinals organization, please just contact me if you want them taken down and I’ll do it. Better yet, I would appreciate it if you would take these or make your own and host them on the Cardinals website so others can have the opportunity to proclaim their Cardinals nationality.

I haven’t done this before, but in the interest of marking where I was sitting when I took pictures at baseball games, I present you the map of seating locations where I currently have been or have purchased tickets in the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals season (will be updated as the summer goes on):

You can click the map to see a larger version.

Kids’ Opening Weekend – Section 368, Row 6, Seats 8–13
Kids’ Second Game – Section 453, Row 1
Date with My Wife – Commissioner’s Box, Row C, Seats 1–2
Game with Dad – Section 344