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Oh geez I'm so excited!  It's one of my favorite days of the year and I've been anxiously awaiting...


Bring out the Clydesdales, bring out the red convertibles, bring out the sea of red, bring out fred bird, bring out the peanuts, pretzels & Budweiser....

Ok so most of that will be happening at our home opener, which is the 7th, but it's coming!  (Today we're opening in Cincinnati.)

My excitement cannot be contained.  Wainwright is starting the season opener today (his next win will be his 100th!).  

“He’s the hardest worker. He’s one of the best athletes, and all of that spreads down through the whole organization,” said Ron Darling, a former big-league pitcher and now MLB Network analyst. “You want to be a Cardinal pitcher? Try to emulate Adam Wainwright. He’s been great. He’s won 20. He’s had Tommy John. He’s an incredible worker. What can he not answer for a young pitcher?” (source)
Wacha is opening it up for us from the mound at home (oh i can only imagine the roar).
“I feel like I still have to make an impression,” Wacha said. “I mean, I’m still trying to win a job right now.
So I’m still trying to make a good impression, and still trying to get guys out.”
That’s priceless. The things these kids say today.
This is the same Wacha who pitched 8 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing a scratch hit to the Nationals in his final regular-season start in 2013. The same Wacha who went 3-0 with an 0.43 ERA against the Pirates and Dodgers in the NL postseason tournament. The same Wacha who won a World Series game and completed the postseason with a 4-1 record and 2.64 ERA.  (source)
I was happy when I learned the pitching rotation last week:  Wainwright, Wacha, Miller, Lynn, Kelly.  Martinez is our 8th inning guy and Rosenthal closing it out.  (no real big changes from last October)

Last weekend Karen went to watch March Madness and I said

Oh sure that's fine.  This is the last weekend before baseball season starts and then our schedule will be very busy.
She just laughed at me.  (Rubina did too when I told her the story.)

So let's play "the Cardinal way" and see what we can get done this year.


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