Tuesday late-night tidbits
Greetings from Cincinnati, where the long road trip is almost over. Most of the newsy stuff, I covered over at the main site, so head over there for updates on Troy Glaus (here, available), Brendan Ryan (could play Wednesday) and Yadier Molina (could play before the series is out).
* The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame announced its first class of inductees on Tuesday, and unsurprisingly there are a few Cardinals. Stan Musial, Jack Buck, Whitey Herzog, Red Schoendienst, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith are all in the first class, and Musial was the only unanimous selection from any sport. An “old-timers class” will also include Rogers Hornsby, Frankie Frisch and Joe Medwick. The hall also announced that its inaugural “Sports Performer of the Year” award will go to Albert Pujols for his 2008 MVP campaign.
* TLR said on Tuesday afternoon that he doesn’t intend to back off his starting pitchers at all over the final few days. He feels they’re all in good shape and in most cases they’ve been able to get an extra day here and there. He also revealed what was not a secret at all, that Pineiro will in fact go in Game 3. The only question is Game 4, with Carpenter and Wainwright already lined up for 1-2.
* Had a couple of firsts on Tuesday night: David Freese’s first big-league homer (and it was smoked) and Matt Pagnozzi’s first big league game. By the way, if you want to follow Pagnozzi on Twitter, he’s at @MattPagnozzi. Other tweeting Cardinals include @BlakeHawksworth and @Todalion, though the latter (Todd Wellemeyer) doesn’t appear to tweet anymore.
To honor the club’s time on the road (I was fortunate enough to go home for 20 hours, which was nice), here’s an on-the-road playlist…
Willie Nelson, “On the Road Again”
Black Crowes, “Wiser Time”
Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road”
U2, “Where the Streets Have No Name”
Metallica, “Wherever I May Roam”