America’s Pastime in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO

@thelegendkil

The last couple of days of sports around these parts have been absolutely disgusting. From a student athlete at the Saint Louis University using unflattering language directed at the President of the United States ,to Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward having racial slurs hurled at him in his first game back at Busch Stadium.

And this isn’t ground breaking, not the first time we’ve heard about this. It’s been happening, but the thing is now, we are seeing this more frequently. It wasn’t that long ago we were talking about the protest at the University of Missouri and the rise of racial tension on the campus and throughout the city of Columbia, Missouri. For those who had friends and family there raced up the I-70 corridor, in the case of violence that has seemed to follow most protest as of late.

Now back to Saint Louis University. When I read the story written by Danny Wicentowski of the Riverfront Times, I instantly thought about how ironic that remark was coming from a student or athlete at the college nestled not far from low income housing. The remarks prompted a response from Robyn Browning – who wrote a letter to the President of SLU Dr. Fred P. Pestello urging for more action against the baseball players and requested to have them removed from the team.  Robyn also sent same letter to the commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference Bernadette V. McGlade. Calls have been made to the Atlantic 10 Conference they’ve have not been returned yet. You can also read Robyn’s open letter @robynbirdfly.

Now on to the St.Louis Cardinals fans who can’t get over the fact that Jason Heyward is no longer wearing the birds on the bat. A day after playing in his first game as a member of the Chicago Cubs, New York Daily News columnist Kate Feldman wrote a piece about Heyward being hit with racial taunts. I’m not surprised in the least that some of the Cardinal baseball fans did that.

There is a sector of Cardinal baseball fans that are so annoying. They act as though it’s such a great privilege to wear the Cardinals jersey. Heyward only played one season in St.Louis and hit .293 with 13 home runs and 60 runs batted in – that’s right 13 home runs and 60 runs batted in.

People are breaking into salami sweats over a baseball player under 15 home runs and wasn’t a RBI machine by no means. He hurt Cardinals feelings by rejecting them – and by joining the Chicago Cubs. I Don’t remember Chicago Cubs fans treating Shawon Dunston like this when he played for the Cardinals. And I know circumstances were different for Dunston – and the only similarity being that Dunston is a black player for a bitter rival.

These people need to get over themselves. They should be more mad the Cardinals didn’t resign pitcher John Lackey who struck out 11 Cardinal batters en route to a 5-0 shut out, pitching out of a couple of jams.

Meanwhile, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hasn’t won a game – and Lackey was clearly the team best pitcher last year. He is undefeated so far at 3-0.

And by the way so far so good since the Cardinals and Heyward didn’t agree on a deal, Heyward is hitting under .200 with just 7 RBI’s.

I also think the local broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest fanned the flames and kept bringing up that Heyward said that the Cardinals core of players were too old. Cardinals color commentator Al Hrabosky said it’s is true about the Cardinals core being older. He even went so far as to mention Matt Holiday, Yadier Molina, and Adam Wainwright.

I don’t blame Heyward at all for choosing Chicago. Let’s face it, there is more to offer entertainment-wise. He’s 26 and single. And if these jilted fans feel this way, think about the region we’re living in.

It’s those little things, which are symbolic of the “Cardinal Way.”

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LEAVE ALBERT ALONE…THANK YOU!

Ok, people of St. Louis! SERIOUSLY! SHUT UP ABOUT ALBERT! All of this constant derogatory bashing about him is really getting old. Even though I can appreciate a good joke (If I see one), but the man did what he was supposed to do. The Cardinals’ front office where doing what they were going to do. Which is…NOT PAY HIM! So don’t get upset at him when he was supposed to get a well-deserved paycheck from the team that he helped in 11 seasons get to 3 World Series and earn 2 championships. Funny though, I haven’t heard the same damn mess about Jack Clark, Mark McGwire, Will Clark (in his brief time), and other superstars that have left the Cardinals to go to other teams. Give “the mang” his respect! Some of the media IN OUR AREA is dogging the crapola out of him…FOR WHAT? What did he do to you, except leave.

I have learned in sports that loyalty from athletes is pretty much dead. You will hardly ever see an athlete for a particular team play with the same team for their entire career. Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams is a good example…but even I don’t believe he’ll be around next season. Athletes are trying to better themselves just like you and I. Yep, we are the ones that pay their contracts. If that’s the case, we wouldn’t go to the sporting events or wouldn’t watch the games. But guess what, we do. We’re stuck and have to get over that.

Albert performed very well here in St. Louis. Granted to you hardcore baseball fans that love the little things, Albert didn’t do those things as good as you hoped. Believe it or not, those fans knew what they were getting when he made the team back in 2001. He was a decent base runner, terrible outfielder, and (in my opinion) crapola 3rd baseman. Played 1st base and became a much better fielder. Now, you can’t sit here and tell me his offensive numbers weren’t amazing. Tell me the last time a man of his caliber hit .300, 30 HR, and 100 RBIs in 10 consecutive seasons. I’LL WAIT. Remind you, he did this for the Cardinals. Not the Yankees. Not the Red Sox. Not even the Cubs. Something that not even, as the old-timers and most fans love the most, Stan “The Man” Musial ever did. He did this for the “best fans in baseball.”

My point is, just respect the guy. Whatever he did outside of the game is his business. If he treated you indifferently then that was on you, innocent or not. I never got a chance to meet him, sorry, I wasn’t blessed with opportunities. That’s life, I got over it. So can you, the irate Cardinal fan. Yeah you can stick it to him that he’s not in the postseason or he had an off year, but trust and believe, he’ll be back and until then I’ll cheer for the man. Because he is still a great player and I enjoyed his time here. I can’t wait till the day he returns to STL…whether you boo or cheer, I’ll stand up and applaud (in my opinion) the BEST CARDINAL EVER. I SAID IT! Cards management…YOU RUINED IT!

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THE A-TRAIN RANT 7.0!!!

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  1. Peyton Manning is the best QB of all-time…the hell with Brett Favre. After a comeback like that with a not so great team. He can damn near do anything.
  2. Matt Holliday, Jon Jay and Yadier Molina need to learn how to hit in the playoffs. A few instructional videos with Fred McGriff shouldn’t hurt. Don’t act like you don’t remember those.
  3. Jeff Fisher did a good thing on Sunday with Greg The Leg, trying for him to kick a (would have been record) 66-yard field goal. If he knows he can kick, what the hell else do you supposed to do on 4th down.
  4. Speaking of that Rams game, Sam Bradford needs to learn the 2-minute drill, and when to throw the football IMMEDIATELY. It costs the Rams a much needed road win.
  5. The Rams should be at least 5-1. YEAH, I SAID IT. Detroit and Miami should have been road wins. Unclear about that Chicago game but at least they should have been in the lead for those games. Tough breaks in those losses.
  6. Who in the hell is this Richard Sherman guy from Seattle? For a guy who hasn’t seen a postseason yet, he sure thinks he  has the right to go tell off to a Super Bowl-winning QB that he is better than him. Get a championship first, then talk trash. Learn something from Gary Payton, even if it means going to another team to get it.
  7. Speaking of RGIII…I think he is finally learning what the NFL is like. After a mild concussion last week…Dude, they are just getting started with you.
  8. Speaking of Washington D.C., the Washington Nationals front office do not want to win any championships. If that’s the case, they should all be fired. NEXT SEASON!!
  9. The San Francisco Giants are no punks, they got to the NLCS for a reason. This is about to be (hopefully) a great NLCS, funny though how 2 things surface from this matchup. 1) 25 years ago, these two teams played to a thrilling 7-game series with the Cardinals, with the Cardinals winning that before losing to the Minnesota Twins in the Fall Classic. 2) These 2 teams are the last 2 champions, interesting to see who gets there again.
  10. NBA season is around the corner, NHL season is down in the dumps. Last year, it was the other way around.
  11. I don’t feel sorry for the New York Yankees. I’m a long-time hater and I don’t care. Feel sorry for Derek Jeter though. Looks like (as a friend put it) BALCO East needs to break out the juice for another comeback.
  12. The New York Giants are the best team in the NFC, until someone knocks them off, no one else is better. PERIOD. Just ask the San Francisco 49ers.
  13. Back to the Rams…they scored more points the 49ers did. Take that San Fran!
  14. Philip Rivers and Tony Romo are the same people…Yet, I think both are trying to fire their offensive head coaches. Shame on you!
  15. I’ll miss Ray Lewis…that man is cursed. He got in that Madden game again and now he won’t even play the rest of the season. I hope it’s not the last one. If so, this is a bad way to go out. Very bad way.
  16. I got at least 1 win in fantasy football this week, and that I didn’t have a full team with that.

Coming up, a Q/A interview with author Allen Schatz and hopefully get one of the ladies from the Lingerie Football League’s St. Louis Saints.

Stay tuned.

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The A-Train

THE A-TRAIN RANT 6.0!

What’s good! After a wild weekend of fun, excitement and atrociousness. I want to start this “END OF THE WEEKEND” rant with a little fun and excitement, yet reality. Then I’ll give a piece of my mind to a certain Cardinals player.

BOOM!

  1. The St. Louis Rams have a great defense, I applaud Jeff Fisher for his defensive scheme, 9 sacks said a lot against Arizona QB Kevin Kolb on Thursday night. Hope Mr. Kolb found his teeth after that game.
  2. Now while the Rams have shown promise to getting over .500 for the first time since ’06, they still haven’t won a road game yet. Convince me, then I’ll yell, “We going to the Super Bowl this season!” I should make a bet.
  3. To the Atlanta Braves fans (at Turner Field)…if you want to throw things on the field, throw them at your own damn team! Their defense was THE reason they lost that “one-game playoff.” Either way it went, that “infield-fly” rule wasn’t going to save the season.
  4. Speaking of the Braves, Chipper Jones played his final game as a MLB player. Funny thing was he knew the Braves were going to lose to that game…WEEKS BEFORE the playoff game. Damn fine way to go out on the bottom!
  5. This year’s baseball playoffs are PURE CRAPOLA! And I stand on that. Even if the Cardinals win it all again, this format to the playoffs is a piece of sh**.
  6. Bud Selig loves to ruin the game of baseball. That’s all from that.
  7. Cam Newton is starting to understand what a sophomore slump really is…at least I think so. Losing to the Seahawks shows you that..(CLEARS THROAT) THE NFC WEST IS THE BEST! Everybody else, just get over it.
  8. Looks like my prediction about Alabama beating the tar off Mizzou by at least 35 is really coming into play. I might watch just to see what happens. Mr. Pinkel, you have one more year left. **WAVES**
  9. Hey Green Bay Packer fans…the Rams are better than your team.
  10. RGIII…how does it feel to be knocked on your ass at home. I told you that you were going to get it. Welcome to the NFL.
  11. Long live Chuck Pagano!!!
  12. 3 teams in the SEC are in the Top 5…waiting on the hatred once again from fans outside of the S.E.C.
  13. If Miguel Cabrera doesn’t win the AL MVP in a landslide, all the voters should give up their voting rights…to the fans.
  14. After all of this, I have to talk about the St. Louis Cardinals. **Sighs** First off, congrats for getting to the Division Series.
  15. Finally…MATT HOLLIDAY SUCKS, HE’S NOT CLUTCH AND HE NEVER WILL BE! Cardinals paid this ridiculous idiot of a player over $126 million, and got completely suckered by Scott Boras. Yeah, he hit a home run in the Wild Card game…the Wild Card game. Yet, when the chips are down, he plays just like he has played previously…horrible. Oh, everybody else played like crap from the 7th inning on in this series against the Nationals but I want to focus on the $126 million DOUCHE. For those that don’t remember, this is the same guy who couldn’t play a Game 7 in last year’s World Series, because he was “hurt.” Now for a guy that is 6’4″, 230 lbs, and has received hitting advice from (get this) Mark McGwire. He should be the best damn player on this team, he should be driving in runs like Miguel Cabrera did. He mustered 102 runs batted in this season, which is great, but you and I know he’s much better than this. So you telling me, the fans can’t get the guy who batted .340, hit 36 home runs, and drove in 137 runs back in 2007??? The fans can’t get it. Yet, some imbeciles want to say he’s clutch. You wouldn’t know that truth if it slapped you in the face. Now let’s go back to all of those fans that said, “Oh, we don’t need Albert Pujols anymore.” AND “Let him rot in Anaheim.” AND my personal favorite, “F*** Pujols.” They could sure use that in the lineup right now especially after the man who has taken his spot in the lineup is supposed to be…that guy. What a joke. Yet, I’m cheering for him. Thanks for suckering me, Matt. You are doing a tremendous job.
  16. When is hockey coming on again?

I’m done. More to come soon.

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Thanks.

The A-Train…aka The Mad Redbird

A Train’s 2012 MLB All-Stars…Part 1

As the 2012 MLB All-Star Game approaches, the A-Train has provided you the fan some all-star picks that you can use for your ASG ballots. Some you might agree with and others you might just think I’m crazy.

But here it goes…Part 1 begins with the National League All-Stars for manager Tony LaRussa (yep, this is his last one…remember he won the World Series last year)

NOTE: This is from the catcher position all the way to the outfielders. All stats are as of 6/25/2012

Catcher – Yadier Molina (Cardinals) – Molina is on his way to a breakout season as a catcher. His .318 average, 10 HR and 39 RBI should keep Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves from getting the nod. McCann back in the 2010 game stole the show with his clutch 3-run single in the top of the 7th to help stop the American League’s string of all-star wins (since 1997) come to an end.

1st Base – Joey Votto (Reds) – Now that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are in a different league…Votto should be the starting 1st baseman of the NL All-Stars for a while. Another solid season for Votto (.359 average, 14 HR and 47 RBI) means that nobody couldn’t come close to getting this nod. Should be an easy pick for any NL ballot.

2nd Base – Brandon Phillips (Reds) – Here is another easy selection for this team. I mean come on…what other 2nd baseman in the National League is there…mind you…that qualifies to be on this all-star team. Maybe Aaron Hill of the Arizona Diamondbacks? Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves? While many people can’t stand this guy (mostly Cardinal fans), this guy is still an excellent fielder and hitter. To me, this was (like I said) an easy choice.

Shortstop – Ian Desmond (Nationals) – Yes, I am still not choosing Furcal. Desmond has the numbers which are the best of the NL shortstops (12 HR and 49 RBI)…all the other big names like Jose Reyes of the Marlins and Jimmy Rolllins…major disappointments. NOTE: Troy Tulowitzki (my first choice) is on the 15-day disabled list. So that would have made that pick irrelevant. Choose Ian Desmond.

3rd Base – David Freese – (Cardinals) – Now many people will disagree with this pick as well, but Freese, after his awesome postseason of last year is still doing a solid job (.279 average, 13 HR and 46 RBI). Don’t get me wrong, you have some good competition at 3rd like Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates (despite the .229 average), Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins, and of course David Wright of the New York Mets, who is batting .360. His defense has been much better and has provided some fielding gems that could (in my opinion) earn him a Gold Glove. This is NOT  just because I’m a Cardinal fan…I’M CALLING THEM LIKE I SEE THEM!

Outfielder – Carlos Beltran (Cardinals) – STRAIGHT BEAST MODE!! I mean this is rejuvenated Beltran that we are seeing here. But if he doesn’t START the all-star game, every Cardinal fan should be ashamed of themselves. Despite his injuries, Beltran is having a wonderful offensive season, tied for the NL lead in home runs with 20 and 56 RBIs, no doubt in my mind that he should be the starter. Better yet he should be the leading vote-getter. GET IT TOGETHER FOLKS, there is still time to make that happen.

Outfielder – Ryan Braun (Brewers) – Even though I can’t stand this dude, last year’s NL MVP gets a nod from me. This “cheater” (yeah I said it) is still putting together a solid season (.319 average, 20 HR, 52 RBI) without the likes of Prince Fielder to protect him. He still has an all-star presence despite his shortcomings. I would be really surprised if he’s snubbed as a starter. I really would. But then again, cheaters never prosper.

Outfielder – Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – This was very debatable but this 25-year old star deserves to get the chance to start in an all-star game and define his all-star status. It’s his time. His numbers compare with the others (.340 avg, 13 HR, 45 RBI, and even 14 stolen bases), I mean I can’t see why he shouldn’t start. I MEAN REALLY! This is a 5-tool player…unless you see something wrong that I don’t. Put the votes in for him, his team may not be  doing the best but this a team of solid, young players. His energy to the game is what most young players should have and (by George) he’s got it.

Designated Hitter – Matt Holliday (Cardinals) – Holliday is putting up solid numbers even without Mr. Pujols (.299 avg, 12 HR, 47 RBI) . I can’t see him not being an all-star in any other capacity. He should get the nod for Tony’s team.

This team looks solid and could put together a 3-game winning streak for the National League. But those other guys in the American League might have something to say about that. Next time, I’ll provide for you my American League All-Stars.

A-Train