That's my "Uncle Leo from Seinfeld" greeting
I'm here in Jupiter for Cards spring training, but happy to take your questions on anything. Cards. Blues. And with the men's coaching search, the women's hoops team in the tourney and J'den coming to STL to win a NCAA title, this is one of the bigger weeks Mizzou has seen in a while.
I'm all for Cuonzo (assuming you meant him and not Frank. or Steve.)... he's got so many connections to the area. He's made the NCAA Tournament in the SEC before. He's had good records at Cal for the most part. He's succeeded in the state before -- for Missouri State. My man BenFred, the recently engaged chauffeur from "Two Bens In A Car," used to cover Martin for a paper in Tennessee, and BenFred speaks highly of him. I still would prefer Tom Crean (if only for Wu Tang-inspired T-shirts in Columbia that said "C.R.E.A.N."). I know a lot of Indiana folks are down on him. But what would've happened if the kid from Jeff City didn't get hurt? Maybe they have 21 wins? Also, he was the Big 10 Coach of the Year LAST YEAR.
I really love the colors of the original Blues jerseys, that sky blue and faded gold. But as people on Twitter might know, my buddy Gardner ("The owner of THIS HOUSE") and I want the team to be called FC Confluence. And the STL flag would be draped across the front.
Why not, right? Jose Martinez actually impressed me last September. Look, it's easy to see a 27/28-year-old rookie and be skeptical. But he was hitting a bunch of line drives while wearing the birds on the bat. Mike Matheny even trusted him enough to face Chapman in a key at bat against the Cubs (If I recall correctly, Martinez hit a hard line drive, but it was caught). I think GM John Mozeliak put it best, when asked what Jose can do to make the team: keep doing what he's doing. He entered Monday's game hitting .400 in spring, and then Tyrus Raymond Martinez got two more hits that day for STL. Very Hazelbaker-y. And yep, as you read in one of my pieces, Pham has an option. Can Jose Martinez be Mr. September like you ask? Harder to gauge.
There are some great players in this draft, notably Fultz from Washinton and UCLA's Lonzo Ball (did you see that Ball's wacko dad wants a billion dollar shoe deal for his three kids??). And yeah, point guards are so valuable in the modern NBA, but I think Chaminade's Jayson Tatum will be a top-five pick for sure. Did you see this quote? "If he's not the No. 1 pick, I've got to see the guy who's the 1 pick," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I know there's all those projections. You know, he plays with the poise and pace now of an older player. I think they've done a great job bringing him along, putting him in situations where he can be really successful. He's an amazingly gifted guy, and he has a great demeanor. He just kind of stays calm and plays."
hahahaha. I honestly had never even heard of the St. Louis Stars (just looked it up -- The St. Louis Stars were a soccer team based in St. Louis, Missouri that played in the original North American Soccer League from 1968 to 1977.). I think creativity and a nod to the city are what makes for good modern sports names. FC Confluence does the trick!!! I also like Provel City. Actually. That's it, that's the name of the team. Provel City.
Duke versus AZ ... and Oregon versus Wichita State. Shockers win it all. Timestamp this chat!!
Man I hope so. First of all, how cool is it that they've made the tourney for the second-straight year for the first time since the mid-EIGHTIES! Second, I can see them knocking off South Florida, from what I've read about South Florida (incidentally, speaking of south Florida, last night at the bar here in Jupiter, a man arrived with a snake. An actual snake).
She says North Carolina. She likes their team colors.
And she grew up loving Dante Calabria
Dante Bichette. Sorry bout that.
From what I've read/heard about Robert, he's LEGIT. The thing would the Cards is -- if the league makes Robert available before June 15, the Cards can splurge and spend big bucks on him. But if it's the following signing period, the Cards would be restricted an unable to pay what other teams will. Now, I've never actually seen the 16-year-old Cuban play, but Baseball America has. Here's their take: That all translated into a big year during the most recent 2016-17 season in Cuba. When Robert left Cuba in November, he was leading Serie Nacional in both OBP and slugging, batting .401/.526/.687 in 232 plate appearances. He drew 38 walks (10 intentional) with 30 strikeouts, 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 17 attempts.
Robert’s production does come with some swing-and-miss tendencies. He has a habit of swinging through high fastballs and has had trouble laying off breaking balls down and away, though at times he’s shown the ability to resist those pitches. He can hammer pitches to right-center field and is at his best when he stays through the middle of the field, but he can get too pull-oriented in games.
Watching him run the bases, he's fast but nothing too explosive. He's only swiped 72 bases since 2006, his first professional season.
Of course. Why not? The first base thing is key. And the right-handed hitting thing is key. Right now at first, they have Carp and Adams. So yeah, I can see him getting a couple hundred at-bats this year. But this isn't like he's Mags Sierra or some touted prospect. He's a late bloomer and hopefully STL can squeeze out some production from him. And, on a personal note, he's a really nice guy. I love talking baseball with him. And he told me about his relationship with former All-Star Martin Prado. The two of them, and some other Venezuelans here in Jupiter, went to dinner almost every night, with a five-restaurant rotation. They talk baseball and line drives. Good stuff.
WHOA MAMMA! What a win. Didn't get to see it down in Jupe City, but that was such an important win for the team. Jake apparently was wonderful. And they just shoved LAK down the Wild card standings. Look, the Blues are gonna make the playoffs. Are they gonna make noise? Hard to say at this point, because which Blues team shows up? But they've got a bunch of games remaining against the Coyotes and the Avalanche. And Jake is playing well.
Not yet.. the vote is on April 4th in the city. But it's understood that if the vote passes, MLS will grant STL a team for 2020
I think it's the opposite. I think Mizzou folks' second-favorite team is whoever is playing Kansas.
I enjoy setting up shop at John P Fields in Clayton and watching the game. And CWE and Soulard have a litany of cool, chill bars.
Thanks. Yeah, I sense he has some buddies on the team, but he's not like a Wainwright Mr. Popular or something. But he's often hanging at the table with the fellas here in the Jupiter Clubhouse, and I sense that he and Lance Lynn are buddies. Also, the most-popular person in camp might be his effervescent 3-year-old son Jackson, who runs around the complex with a huge smile.