Thursday night tidbits
We start with the personal, so either humor me or skip down a couple of paragraphs. Today is my dad’s birthday, so I want to wish him a very happy birthday and let the world know that I have the best dad in the entire world. Thank you for everything.
Tomorrow, meanwhile, is my wife’s birthday, so I won’t be at the ballpark. We’ll be celebrating the amazing Mrs. Dude’s special day. I also have the best wife in the entire world, and she deserves huge thanks and appreciation for everything she does as well. So, yeah, life is good.
Anyway, on to the tidbits. I’ll be back at the park on Saturday.
* I covered the pregame news in these two articles. TLR had a lot to say on the topic of acquisitions, and it really was an interesting chat. I got a very different vibe as compared to last summer in Philadelphia, where he basically put out a message that he was seeking help for his roster. Today, I got the impression that he really believes things are shaking and something significant may get done. Fascinating session.
* A couple of stats for you… Albert Pujols has at least one extra-base hit in each of his past six games. He also has reached base by hit or walk at least twice in 15 consecutive games. Going back to 1954, that is the second-longest such streak by a Cardinal (according to the amazing BaseballReference.com and their even more amazing Play Index). The only longer one was by Stan Musial, who had 16 straight from April 17-May 7, 1958. Keith Hernandez also had a 15-game streak in 1980.
* TLR, on whether there are parallels between Carpenter and Dave Stewart: “They’re true No. 1s in the sense that they want that responsibility of leadership. They’re going to compete to the last breath all the time. And when they’re not pitching, they’re very into the rest of the tema. Not just the starting pitchers but the rest of the team.”
Tonight’s playlist is one for Dad:
Emmylou Harris, “Boulder to Birmingham”
John Prine, “Souvenirs”
Rolling Stones, “Dead Flowers”
Led Zeppelin, “Hey Hey What Can I Do”
Steve Earle, “Copperhead Road”