Greetings from the 16th annual Winter Warm-Up. Not a lot of action just yet but I wanted to get a couple of things out there before things really crank up.
* Adam Wainwright will be at Pappy’s Smokehouse on Sunday (tomorrow) from 12-2 p.m. CT to raise money for the Catch A Dream Foundation. In his own words, he will be “cooking, signing, hanging out, etc.” Catch A Dream is a really neat organization — I wrote a feature on Wainwright’s association with it a couple of years ago, which you can check out at this link. And, I mean, Pappy’s is really, really good.
* Rafael Furcal has been added to today’s schedule, and in fact he’s signing in about 15 minutes. Furcal is signing from 10 am – noon CT today.
* Finally, a note on the coverage, because I’ve been asked a lot. This weekend, my successor, Jenifer Langosch, will be handling the bulk of the coverage at Cardinals.com. It’s a great opportunity for her to meet a lot of people with the club and really dive in, and I’m sure you will enjoy her coverage this weekend (and over the coming weeks, months and years).
However, in the interim, I’m still the beat writer. I’ll still be writing, tweeting, etc., about the Cardinals for another couple of weeks or so. And even after I make the handoff, I’ll likely be sort of the backup Cardinal beat writer for a while, at least until Spring Training starts. So don’t be surprised to see plenty of Cards stuff from me for the next month or so.
And, finally, the playlist is my six favorite songs of 2011 (not in order) (the top albums post, btw, is coming soon):
Jay-Z and Kanye West, “No Church in the Wild”
Foo Fighters, “These Days”
Black Keys, “Little Black Submarines”
Drive-By Truckers, “Mercy Buckets”
Buffalo Tom, “Don’t Forget Me”
Jason Isbell, “Tour Of Duty”