Friday camp tidbits: Pujols, Lohse, more

It was another unusually cool, but still pleasant, day today in Jupiter. Temps started around 50 and got up into the 60s, but we had a little less wind today.

Coming up on the site this afternoon/evening are several stories that I hope you’ll look out for: something on Jaime Garcia’s quest to make the rotation and why the odds are stacked against him; a piece on Brendan Ryan’s recovery; a piece on Adam Wainwright’s live BP session against four of the team’s best hitters; and a look at TLR’s comments on the commissioner’s blue-ribbon panel that he’s a part of.
On with the tidbits…
* TLR said that he likes what he has seen of Albert Pujols so far after elbow surgery and that the slugger seems to be in good physical shape.
“I don’t really watch the live pitching too much,” La Russa said. “I just don’t like our hitters against our pitchers. But in coaches’ BP, it looks like he’s swinging free.
“I tell you what I believe more than anything else: whatever he says, trust him. He’s got a ton of integrity and he’s very straightforward in what he says. so I just listen to him carefully and whatever he says, that’s what it is. he’s earned it.”
* Kyle Lohse looked good in his live batting practice today, though of course with the constant caveat that it’s still February. More important, Lohse has consistently looked healthy and unrestricted in all of his throws.
“So far, so good,” La Russa said.
* The Cardinals once again adjusted their schedule a bit due to the weather. With the early chill giving way to more pleasant conditions as the day went on, the start of the workout was pushed back. Typically, the team takes the field for stretching at 9:30 a.m. ET. Today it was 10 a.m.
* Also from the schedule: one box on the day’s schedule sheet, for pitchers’ shagging balls in batting practice, had the following notation: “3 yr rule.”
And it’s just what you might guess: pitchers with fewer than three years of Major League service time had to shag. Those with more, were excused.
* TLR said he’s still working out how exactly he’ll assemble the travel squads for some of the Cards’ Grapefruit League trips. The trips are longer this this year, with the short jaunts to Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach no longer on the schedule. Port St. Lucie is the only trip that’s under 100 miles.
“The schedule, travel-wise, is more onerous than we’ve had here,” he said.
“I know we’re going to have to give that some shot and talk to some veterans.”
Today’s playlist:
White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”
Radiohead, “Planet Telex”
Cure, “Watching Me Fall”
Living Colour, “Method”
Foo Fighters, “Erase/Replace”


Is there a reason why the MLB spring schedule has teams traveling so far from their home stadium? They travel so far in the regular season anyway, I think they should stay close to Jupitor for the fans. The Cards playing in Target field will be great, but…they better bring some heavy coats!

I hope I’m not being over critical, but of what interest is Matt’s playlist to us? Should I put on the same music as I read his articles in order to have the correct ambiance? I believe I understand the injection of personality he is trying to give his sports-writer persona by doing this, but is anyone buying it? Matt, you are the best, really–love your articles! But lets do a comparison: Does it make my current commentary more interesting if you know I’m listening to Metallica’s “Broken, beat and scarred” while writing it?

I sincerely can’t believe I have to keep telling people this. Surely it’s been more than 20 times over the 4 1/2 years I’ve had this blog. And yet, here we are again. So here we go again:

If all you want is baseball, and nothing but baseball, check out my writing on the main site. That’s all it is. If you want that, that’s fine. is nothing but baseball, and I write a lot there. Two stories today. Four or five yesterday.

But on the blog — and again, I have told y’all this innumerable times — it’s NOT just baseball. That’s in the very header. The blog is baseball, plus. Plus music. Plus some other sports. Plus food. Plus life on the road.

That’s the way it’s been since the day I started it. That’s the way it’s going to continue to be.

And as for your last question, yeah, it does. I like knowing what people are listening to.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for taking the time to write.


And, for mbezzell: the reason is that that’s where the teams are. When the Orioles and Dodgers were on Florida’s east coast, the trips were shorter. Now they’ve moved, and there are only two other teams nearby.


Thanks Matt. Keep up the good work. Any updates on the musical selections the players will be using this year as they take the plate?

Pujols look to have put on a little extra mass during the off season…oh that’s right.

I disagree. He looks slimmer to me.

And, no, I have yet to hear anything about entrance music. That probably won’t be squared away for quite a good while yet.


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