I know there are a few Red Soxs fans here and as a die-hard Cards fan I just need to say thanks. John Smoltz started for us today. Five innings. No earned runs. No walks. Nine strikeouts, including SEVEN in a row which has only happened five times in the history of baseball.
It can be tough at times to being a Cards fan. Not cause we don't win, but cause in the off season or before the trading deadline when there are "big" named players out there they always seem to go to Boston or New York.
We often just seem to get "castaways" like Smoltz. But sometimes that seems to work for us, like when we got Woody Williams or Larry Walker late in their career who helped us first get to and then another year win a World Series.
We Cards fans like to think we're the best fans in baseball. But as a guy that has lived a lot of places I know that isn't true. There are good fans all around the country (well maybe not Baltimore). But if you are a baseball fan and you can catch a game in St. Louis I strongly suggest it. It is kind of a fun experience, and generally speaking we're nice folks.
But I again have to say thanks to Boston. We got a solid team this year and just need maybe a little part here or there to make a run to the World Series. Matt Holliday was a huge help, to give some much needed protection to Albert Pujols. Our pitching is solid, but who wouldn't want another arm that can either start or close? We now have that.
BTW: After we lost the series to Boston I was in town for business. Went out to a local bar and had a Cardinals shirt on. As you might think it sparked some conversation. Now I can only assume it is easy to be nice when you just kicked our behinds, but I have to admit some of the nicest fans I've ever met.