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Weekend Sports

Well this weekend had some exciting sporting events:

*They started putting the water fountains back on the lakefront path!!!
This was particularly helpful since I was uncharacteristically thirsty Sunday during my run.  I also got a few tan lines during my run, which makes me so happy because it means the sun was out.  Bring it!

*With the Cardinals, Wainwright had an amazing game Saturday.  (actually all the starting pitchers did this weekend against the Brewers)
"Wainwright was so good in this one, he made history - well, at least we think so.  The available data on the Baseball Reference web site only goes back to 1916.  So unless it happened before '16.  Wainwright is the only pitcher in franchise history to put together this winning trifecta in a single contest:
Throw a complete-game shutout; strike out at least 12; produce three hits at the plate.  Not a bad day for Wainwright." (source)
Actually, Saturday was a pretty great day for the entire team, in my opinion.

*I loved their throwback jerseys!


*Friday's game was dedicated to Stan Musial :)

*One thing about Cardinals fans is our respect for players even when they leave the Cardinals.  My first memory of learning this is when Jim Edmonds left the Cardinals, but every time he was back at Busch the crowd showed their respect every time he came to bat.
Friday, it was with Lohse.  He left the Cardinals and is now with the Brewers.  He pitched Friday night and when he came to bat:
"Lohse's return was duly noted by the Cardinals fans, who gave him a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the third inning.  His longtime batterymate Yadier Molina made time for the applause to build by stepping out from behind home plate and taking a few steps toward the mound.
'That was pretty cool of Yadi,' he said.  'I felt like I did my thing here and it was much appreciated.  It was nice of them to show appreciation for what I've done.  It shows what kinds of fans they've got here.'" (source)
I can only hope the bad feelings Cardinals had when Pujols left last year have simmered and they will pay him the same respect when he comes back this season (while playing with the Angels)

*I'm excited to see 42 sometime

*Sunday Yadi was presented with his fifth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove and his 2nd straight Platinum Glove.
Rawlings Gold Glove - award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League and the American League, as voted by the managers and coaches in each league (source).  See all the winners here.
Platinum Glove - beginning in 2011, a fan-voted award conferred annually to single out the top-fielding player from all Gold Glove winners in each league (source)

As you can tell, it was a big weekend.  Hope you had a great one and happy Monday!

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