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Win Cardinals Tickets

If there is one thing we love to do, it is to give away things to our loyal readers.

We give away books, movies, swag and much more on a regular basis.  Today, we were presented with the opportunity to award our fans with what they really want: the ability to go see their team play in person.

In conjunction with some of our favorite blogs, C70 At The Bat and Pitchers Hit Eighth, and on behalf of Sports Vacation Guys, we give you just that opportunity.

“Our friends, the Sports Vacation Guys have a pair of tickets to give away to one (well, two) lucky Cardinals fans for Monday night’s game against the Padres at Busch.  Currently, their website is being re-vamped, so while it’s under construction, they’ve asked us to help give these tickets away.”
To enter, just tell us
  1. If you could go see the Cardinals play a road game in any other MLB park, which one would it be?
  2. Who would you take with you?
  3. Why?
  4. They will need to provide their name & email address, and may either enter by commenting on your site, or by emailing their entry directly to: Contest@SportsVacationGuys.com

The winner will be announced this weekend on the United Cardinal Bloggers website.

What are you waiting for?  Enter.  Now.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.
Follow him on Twitter here.

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Colby Rasmus Is A Bad Centerfielder

In Friday night’s 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Chris Narveson and the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals came to face a hard truth: they might have the worst defensive starting centerfielder in all of baseball, and his name is Colby Rasmus.

(A quick aside: I know I am not a Major League baseball player. I am not a professional athlete of any kind, nor to I pretend to know what it takes to be one. So if any of my millions of loyal readers are, at this point, ready to scroll to the bottom of the page and leave a scathing comment akin to “I’d like to see you get out there and do better,” save it…and hear me out.)

In the bottom of the third inning, Craig Counsell sent a Kyle Lohse delivery to deep right-center. Right fielder Jon Jay tracked it to the wall and leaped but could not come up with the catch. The ball rattled around a quirky little notch in the Miller Park wall and Counsell ended up with a stand-up triple. On the telecast, Al Hrabosky practically screamed about it and the Fox Sports Midwest replay confirmed it: Rasmus was standing in his centerfield position watching Jay attempt to make the play. He simply did not move. He was an innocent bystander, just like the 33,000+ spectators in the stands. It honestly looked like he could not care less.

Could Rasmus have made the catch? Certainly not. But had he run to back up his right fielder, Rasmus would have been in position to do two things which could have been immensely helpful to the situation: he could have chirped at Jay, who was watching the ball, about his location and approach to the wall/notch; and he could have grabbed the ball on the carom and fired it back into the infield to keep Counsell’s hit to a double. As it was, Jay had to chase the ball after his leaping miss and get it to the infield. It was not all that far from being an inside-the-park home run.

Counsell later scored on a magnificent slide around what was otherwise a perfect tag attempt by Yadier Molina after a bunt, but his run was hardly a back-breaker as the Brewers eventually broke the game wide open and the Cards had no answer for Narveson.

The real problem, though, is this was not an isolated incident. Rasmus has a history of playing somewhat aloof in the outfield. But, believe it or not, he is actually a pretty skilled defender…as long as his head is in the game. Rasmus has shown he can make big plays; he just doesn’t make them all the time. And that’s a mental lapse, not a physical one.

Centerfield is a special position. Traditionally, the best outfielder on the team plays center. He has to have a magnetic glove and he has to have a good, strong throwing arm. But he also has to intensely pay attention to every pitch to get an immediate read on every ball hit to the outfield, because he is expected to cover the most ground. And when a ball is hit in the vicinity of more than one fielder, he has to play traffic cop. These last traits are where Rasmus falls short.

How many times have we seen Rasmus pull up when he and another outfielder converge on a fly ball or line drive? How many times has Rasmus spiked a throw into the ground, almost like he forgot to release the ball? Friday night’s lapse was a new one. I’ve seen better backup out of a beer league softball team. Is this something the Cards will just have to live with as long as Rasmus wears the Birds on the Bat? Or can he still learn how to take charge out there?

Unfortunately, when the outfield consists of Rasmus, Lance Berkman, and Matt Holliday, the choice for centerfield is pretty obvious. Jay has spelled Rasmus in center adequately, but hasn’t yet pushed him to another position when both play at the same time. It’s a tough spot for the Cards, so Rasmus will probably stay in center as long as he is a Cardinal. And he is a valuable piece of the Cards’ offense, so this isn’t necessarily a plea to give Rasmus the JD Drew heave-ho.

Rasmus is no Jim Edmonds, but it would not be fair to expect that of him. If he wants to be an elite centerfielder, however, he must step up his defense and it starts with the fundamentals. He has to take charge, call the ball, direct traffic. Otherwise, the Cards may need to seriously think about a shuffle in the outfield sooner rather than later.

Chris Reed also writes for InsideSTL Mondays and Bird Brained whenever he wants. Follow him on Twitter at @birdbrained.

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Monday Morning Links: Warming Up The Winter

It has become a staple around I-70 Baseball during the off-season to drop some links and spread some of our favorite sites out to you, our loyal readers.

This week the Cardinals hosted their Winter Warm Up, Albert Pujols laid out a deadline for his deal, and some minor acquisitions were made. Let’s check the links:

One of the newer blogs in the United Cardinal Bloggers checks in with his Two Cents on the Albert Pujols situation. Read friend of the site Dathan’s post by clicking here.

She may write for us at I-70, but I discovered her when she started working on the site she calls her own (along with her partners). This week, Angela Weinhold dug into her own archives for a story so vivid, it must be a dream.

Retro Simba takes a look at one of the newest Cardinals pitchers and takes a look at how effective he may or may not be for the redbirds. Read the insightful post here.

The Cardinal Nation Blog gathered up some pictures from this weekend’s winter warm up to display some Cardinal faces out to the rest of the world. Take a look at your redbirds by clicking here.

Dennis, known as gr33nazn on Twitter, brought one of the funniest and most entertaining pieces of the off-season. If you did not catch the post over at Pitchers Hit Eighth this weekend, do yourself a favor and click here.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
Follow him on Twitter here.

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I-70 Acknowledges Legends

Thanksgiving week is upon us. A time for families. A time for feasts. A time for being thankful. This year, I-70 Baseball will utilize the week of Thanksgiving to pay tribute to some very special legends. Today, it is my pleasure to announce to you, our loyal readers, the series of articles that our talented staff have put together.

Photo By Erika Lynn

You can start today with Aaron Stilley’s conversation with the daughter of the legendary Royals manager Dick Howser, Jana Howser. A very candid interview that Ms. Howser was gracious enough to give us after reading Aaron’s profile of her father earlier this year. As Executive Editor of this site, my heartfelt thanks to Ms. Howser for a grand interview.

On Monday, a series of articles will be revealed during the week as we announce the inductees into the I-70 Baseball Hall Of Legends. The website will induct five former players and managers that spent time wearing the uniforms of both our flagship teams, the Royals and the Cardinals.

We asked some of our top writers to share their opinions on five personalities over the years. In addition, Content Editor Matt Kelsey and myself will team up for an article on Saturday “retiring” one number here on the site in honor of two individuals with very unique careers that shared a jersey number. A number that became historic for both franchises.

Look for articles honoring our choices for our Hall Of Legends from Todd Fertig, Aaron Stilley, Adam Shupe, Michael Metzger and Bob Netherton. In addition to these great profiles of legendary players, look for Bob Netherton and Aaron Stilley to treat all of you to a very special look at the things to be thankful for in each organization on Thanksgiving Day.

On behalf of all of the staff, writers, editors and photographers here at I-70 Baseball, we would like to extend a warm and peaceful Thanksgiving from our families to yours.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
Follow him on Twitter here.

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