Musings from an Optimistic Cardinal Fan: Issue 4-2012


Greene GoneTyler Greene is no longer a St. Louis Cardinal. He was traded to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Greene’s stats this year with the Cardinals were: hitting .218 with nine stolen bases and four homers. Greene was a first round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2005 when Jeff Luhnow was our player development director. Luhnow is currently the Astros general manager. The Cardinals haven’t added a player to the active roster yet but, it appears it will probably be Pete Kozma or Ryan Jackson.

Waino looking Bueno againAdam Wainwright had one of his best outings and as a result, his era is below 4 for the first time this year, he went 7 innings and is now 10-10. As a result, the Cardinals gained a split against the San Francisco Giants; winning 3-1. He struck out 7 and was never really in trouble as he has now won three games in a row. Wainwright’s resurgence will go a long way in helping the Redbirds get to the post season.

Aches and Pains – Three of the Cardinals players have recently been dealing with some aches and pains that have kept them on the bench. Skip Schumaker was hit by a pitch recently and as a result has sat out the last couple of games with a sore wrist. Rafael Furcal has been bothered by back stiffness for the last two weeks. He played Thursday after getting an anti-inflammatory injection. Allen Craig has had a bone bruise in his chest that has caused periodic chest pain. He incurred the injury on Wednesday. The injury occurred when he was going for a foul ball against the Reds.

What kind of fan are you? – As a Cardinal fan living in Atlanta, I often look for fellow Cardinal fans in crowds, stores,other sporting events, etc. I have noticed that, just because a person is wearing a Cardinal hat or shirt, doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is a Cardinal Fan. So, how do you know? You don’t always but, here are some categories:

Pretender – this person wears a Cardinal hat or t-shirt, because they like the color or they’re trying to make a fashion statement. This seems to be particularly true of young men. Do you know how embarrassing and annoying it is to eagerly greet a person you think is a Cardinal fan. Only to have them say, “…I’m not, I just like the hat”. Really?? I’ve since learned that if the person is wearing their hat to the back or is wearing pants that need to be “pulled” up, they are most likely not a Cardinal fan at all; unless they live in the metro St. Louis area.

Casual – this is the fan who can usually tell you if the Cardinals are playing at home. Or what radio or TV station carries the Cardinal games. They may even know where the Cardinals are in the standings but, by and large, they are often Cardinal fans as a sense of obligation. Either they live in the metro St. Louis area; or a member of their family is a Cardinal fan and they feel the need to “try” and be one as well.

Serious – This is the fan who can tell you when the Cardinals are in town, where they are in the standings and usually have a favorite Cardinal Player. They can usually name some of the more famous Cardinal players such as Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, etc. They know Mike Shannon, the Cardinal’s play by play announcer, is a former Cardinal 3rd baseman. And they have a few Cardinal shirts and caps. You can ask them if the Cardinals won or lost that day and they can at least tell you if they won or lost; even if they aren’t sure of the actual score and what pitcher started.

Diehard – This fan has all of the qualities above and more. He can name the day’s starting lineup before the game; he or she is regularly on twitter or Facebook, posting on walls or tweeting about the Cardinals. He has the MLB At Bat on his/her smartphone and rarely if ever, misses a game. This fan can name the Cardinals starting rotation, who the manager is, where Busch Stadium is located and where the restaurants are located for some of the former Cardinal players. He most likely regularly blogs about the Cardinals or reads blogs and comments; he may have a podcast or regularly participates in chat forums regarding the Cardinals. This fan has decals on his vehicle, Cardinal mugs and members of his family are either casual or serious Cardinal fans as well. Diehard fan…that would be me!

Thanks for reading. Go Cards!

Tags: Adam Wainwright Allen Craig Cardinals Lance Berkman Rafael Furcal St Louis Cardinals Tyler Greene

  • john weitzman

    Thats pretty funny your description of “what kind of fan are you” Growing up in Clayton, I lived at Sportsmans park and Busch II. Moved to NY in late 70′s and still am a die hard fan.. Your description of pretender is right on! Found that out by making comments to mostly young guys in the subway or on the streets of NYC.
    Though as a die hard fan I dont do alot of what you said as for social networking. My wall of Cardinal “greats” framed pictures all with “autos” which have taken me years to collect will impress you. I just dont collect any old action shot, I am real particular about what kind of shot for each player I have.

    As for Greene, wow it took management and ownership long enough to see he just will not make it as a Cardinal and it is only fair to get rid of him and let Greene get more playing time on another team. At the start of the season, I had major disputes with one of your writers over this. It was clear that TLR could see his potential, just never could understand Matheneys reasons. A young manager STILL learning.

    Which brings me to Waino. He is pitching better on each outing. Looking more and more like his old self. Seems as the season gets deeper he gets stronger.
    The issue I am now having is why Matheny does not shuffle the line up so Waino gets 3 or at least 2 starts out of the Reds and Bucks series coming up. The way it stands now he is set for only 1 start. Kelly getting 3 of thise starts., Strauss ran an article today on this topic and I totally disagree with Mathenys reasoning onb this. He claims its about “moral”.. This is where his inexperience is really going to show. I would at LEAST make a shuffle for Waino to pitch in 2 games. These could and will be division deciding games. He is nuts to leave the rotation alone.
    There pitching well and I understand the need for rest especially this time of year. But these series coming up are extremely important and I would think you want your best 3 to go head to head and NOT have a rookie in there for 3 of the 9 games. It just does not make sense !! He can only juggle the rotation so much, though he still has the days off to make it happen, This I just dont get.