Royals fans can be anywhere, but when they are stuck in Cardinal country, it gets a bit tough.
Omaha moves on to the championship game while Northwest Arkansas heads home.
Wayne Granger was a hard throwing right hander with a devastating sinker. Thanks to a series of unfortunate events, he would spend his best years in Cincinnati as the closer for the Big Red Machine.
43 years ago, another Cardinals pitcher turned in an even more remarkable rookie season, finishing second in voting to Tom Seaver of the New York Mets. The story of Dick Hughes goes far beyond a 16-6 record with a 2.67 ERA over 222 innings. Forget that he had one of the best sliders in the game, and held right handed hitters to a .197 batting average. The real story of Dick Hughes is one of determination and refusing to quit, in spite of overwhelming odds against success.
Images from Springfield, Missouri on August 5th during Kyle Lohse’s rehab start.