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Surprise!  I'm not talking about Chris Carpenter this time.  Matt Carpenter.

Saturday night I was talking with one of my friends about the Cardinals... no, he is not a cardinals fan, (but he's a sox fan so I get along better with them ;) but he knows players well and follows baseball closely.  We were chatting about the end of last season and what's to come in 2013!!!! 

Main points:
*sad about Schumaker being traded.  (It breaks my heart to see him in a Dodgers hat.)  As my dad wisely said, "He's a very motivated guy - now he can see his kids all the time when they aren't on the road."  In the follow-up story Schumaker thanked the Cardinals for keeping his best interests in mind when they explored trading him.  (I'm trying to look at the positive.)
*how's our pitching going to be in 2013.  My friend feels like it's going to make or break us.
*We also lost Berkman, but I don't feel super sad about this because he was only with the Cardinals for a few years and he was out for the majority of 2012 because of injury.  I'm not saying he's not an excellent player.  And he contributed SO much in 2011!!!  And it sounds like he's a great leader amongst the players.  And his words to the press always impress me.  Ok... yes, I'll miss Berkman.
*Yadi is still there!
*etc. etc.

*we didn't talk about this, but I'm also pretty sad about McGuire's departure.  I know it's good for him and it's a good thing, but I'll miss his hitting expertise.

*Then we talked about Matt Carpenter and how I hoped he would get more playing time after his epic hits with the Nationals last year & during the playoffs.  He made this possible.

Then I got on the Cardinals website the next morning and saw this article!
This makes me like him so much!  What a hard worker and he now knows FIVE positions!!!!  Insane.  

I may have to add him to "my list of men" with Craig & Garcia.  We shall see.

"I played one position my entire life -- like, my whole life. I never did anything else," Carpenter said. "Now all of a sudden, I'll be coming into Spring Training playing five. And the expectation from the team is that I will be able to play all five of them well. But I just want to be out there. I just want to play and try to take advantage of any opportunity I can."

As Rubina said Saturday, "I think you get through the winter because of baseball."  I guess for excitement!
Who knows what 2013 has in store!

44 days until Spring Training 1st game
81 days until 1st game of the season
88 days until OPENING DAY @ STL!


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