Cards content at the Classic
Hello from Dolphin Stadium, where at the moment it looks like a disappointing crowd for what should be an enjoyable USA-Puerto Rico elimination game in the World Baseball Classic. If you didn’t watch last night’s PR-Venezuela tilt, you missed an incredibly entertaining and compelling baseball game with high quality of play and a great atmosphere.
Anyway, here’s a little Cardinals content from my work down here in Dade County.
As a couple of other scribes and I walked back from press dining, we saw Tony La Russa and Joe Pettini. It’s a Cardinals off day today, so they made the trip down from Jupiter to Miami (or Miami Gardens, or Opa-Locka, or whatever exact municipality this is) to watch Jose Oquendo and Yadier Molina.
Did not get a chance to ask them their rooting interest between the home country and their teammates, but I’m guessing it’s an easy call — a USA win not only means the homeland advances, but it means that Oquendo and Molina are back in camp very soon.
Another tidbit from a very brief conversation (not an interview) — for the split-squad vs. the Orioles tomorrow, TLR will manage the team that goes to Fort Lauderdale (that’s not a surprise), while Pettini will manage the group that stays at home. Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter will both play in Jupiter.
-M, back on the beat on Thursday.