On Monday the St. Louis Cardinals begin a 4 game set versus Mitchell Boggs and the Colorado Rockies. The former Cards set up man turned flaming disaster still dons number 41, but now his ERA is under 10.
Every game in Denver next week will be a must win for the Birds. Plus, every game has the potential for a showdown with the 2013 co-pariah, who had more than his fair share of chances and comebacks up and down the Mississippi.
Boggs’ dramatic rise in the Rockies organization has featured 4 appearances dropping his ERA down from 11.05 to its current 8.84. Tip a brim for a guy that might have simply needed some thin air and green chili.
The 180 degree rotation at Coors Field next week illustrates the length and evolution of a MLB season.
Just over two months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals bore the burly brunt of the Mitchell Boggs tragedy. He lost/effected a many games before the All-Star break. Today the bullpen and closer are one of the most reliable components of the team.
Next week, the result of some cash being moved and suitcases being packed, will bring an extra sense of suspense to each call that Walt Weiss makes to the bullpen.
Boggs .vs. Cardinals will result in redemption.
Either way the new tale plays out, it will be positively nostalgic to see Boggs on the bump. If he strikes out the side, or goes 1,2,3, then Cards fans in attendance (thousands of transplants) should applaud a guy who made comeback. Just like when Larry Walker was applauded after his first at bat as a Cardinal at Busch II, when he struck out.
But if a Birdinals batter belts a ball off Boggs towards the distant Rockies, then it will be a rare bright-spot for management during the 2013 hunt for a Cardinal red October.