*@&! we forgot to practice!
Now there’s a reference for you. Seven points for anyone who gets it.
Anyway. The Cardinals were in a big hurry to get their workout in today, because a storm hit northern Palm Beach County around 10 am ET — and they knew it was coming from early in the morning. So when I got to camp at about 8:40, they had already taken the field and were stretching. That’s about an hour earlier than usual.
The following sign hung in the clubhouse:
"DUE TO RAIN IN THE FORECAST, WE WILL START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
ALL DEPENDS ON: MULDER SUPPAN WAINWRIGHT IZZY THOMPSON BENES HANCOCK
AND MOTHER NATURE"
Some observations from today’s workout, what of it there was…
* Jason Isringhausen and Mark Mulder both showed pretty nice stuff. Both were less than perfect with command, but it’s February. The two of them threw inside the stadium rather than out on one of the practice fields.
* Swinging off those two, Albert Pujols looked like, well, Albert Pujols. Even against All-Stars, it’s just unfair to give Pujols a 20-mph wind out to center field. He poked one over the wall to straightaway center off Mulder that it didn’t even look like he hit all that well.
* In the same group, Juan Encarnacion made pretty consistently good contact. He didn’t look like a guy who just arrived at camp. That doesn’t mean I think he’s going to go have a huge year; that’s not the point (it’s no secret what I thought of that signing). But it’s encouraging to see him looking like he’s in shape and he’s been working.
* And, yes, I did just write that the pitchers looked good — and that two guys hitting off him did, too. It can happen that way in the spring. If you miss location, hitters will hit even good stuff. It’s not like Izzy or Mulder looked like they were ready for playoff games. But for this point in the spring, they were fine.
Somehow it seems like the pre-games part of spring has just breezed by. I’m amazed that they play FAU in two days. And I’m eager for it, because I’m ready to see all these competitions play out in actual competitive situations.
Currently playing on the iPod: just finished Ferment, by The Catherine Wheel, and then started up Funeral by The Arcade Fire.
Chat at you soon. I’m off to watch the race.