I finally got to get out and watch a little practice today, and I took the camera. So here are a few photos from today’s action. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to shoot the big boys throwing their bullpens, because we were having a long chat with TLR while that was going on. But there’s plenty of time left in camp.
As always, click on the thumbnail in order to see the full photo. And, as always, the disclaimer: I’m neither a photographer nor a web designer, so I apologize that this isn’t fancier. But it’s what I saw, and I figure you folks might like to see it too.
First row: pre-practice stretch on field one, two shots of Matt Holliday taking BP and one of Allen Craig taking BP.
Second row: two shots of David Freese taking BP, one of P.J. Walters, Adam Ottavino and Fernando Salas throwing on the bullpen mounds, and one of just Walters.
Some shots from a rainy day at camp. They just about got the whole workout done before the skies opened up.
Above: dark skies over Jupiter; Kyle McClellan prepares to throw; Yadier Molina signs autographs; Rich Hill throws in live BP; Matt Holliday takes some cuts
Above: Albert Pujols watches live BP; Mike Matheny looks on; palm trees blow in the wind; Albert Pujols takes a hack; Molina walks out to catch McClellan; McClellan throws
Above: McClellan throws; Molina receives; Colby Rasmus takes a swing; Pujols’ shoe; David Freese and Joe Mather take grounders at third
Above: More of Mather and Freese taking infield; Pujols and Mark Hamilton take groundballs at first; Tony La Russa, Jose Oquendo and Eduardo Perez watch the workout
Above: Julio Lugo and Felipe Lopez take infield; Skip Schumaker works on double plays.
Photos from today’s workout. Click on each thumbnail to view the full-size pic.
Above: Brad Penny warms up before his live BP session; Chris Carpenter throws in live BP; Ryan Ludwick watches a teammate hit
Above: Matt Holliday, Skip Schumaker, Felipe Lopez, Albert Pujols and Julio Lugo watch live BP; Felipe Lopez takes a practice swing while Albert Pujols looks on; Mike Matheny and Dave Duncan watch live BP; Pujols prepares to take a swing
Above: Brad Penny throws a pitch in live BP; Penny chats with Yadier Molina and head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg; Ben Jukich throws in live BP; Lance Lynn and Fernando Salas warm up before facing hitters; David Freese prepares to swing in coach BP
Above: Mark McGwire and Colby Rasmus chat; Jon Jay takes a couple of swings in coach BP; bench coach Joe Pettini gives baserunning instruction.
Photos from today’s workout, including several from Adam Wainwright’s live batting practice session with Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Ryan Ludwick. As always, apologies that my formatting is not more sophisticated.
Above: Wainwright throws; Pujols and son AJ; Schumaker stands in; Pujols faces Wainwright, then Holliday steps in
Above: Holliday takes a cut against Wainwright; Dave Duncan and Wainwright watch Ryan Franklin throw; Julio Lugo takes a practice cut before stepping in; Allen Craig throws soft-toss to Jon Jay; Wainwright looks on with Mike Shannon and John Vuch
Above: Lohse throws; Bill DeWitt Jr. and John Mozeliak watch the workout; Colby Rasmus prepares to get in the cage; Lohse again; Yadier Molina takes a cut
Above: Cardinals icons Red Schoendienst and Mike Shannon watch live BP; Schoendienst looks on as David Freese hits; Jaime Garcia throws
I apologize, folks: no tidbits post today, because pretty much all of my tidbits made it into separate stories. Go to the site today and you’ll have several news updates on all the stuff that happened. I also have a long piece on the Cardinals’ new nutrition program going up tonight, and I hope you’ll give it a look because I think it turned out well.
Anyway. Instead of tidbits, I give you photos. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version. Check ’em out…
In the row above: Blake Hawksworth bunts; Tony La Russa watches the catchers take BP; Albert Pujols makes contact in BP; Shelby Miller throws; Brad Penny and Chris Carpenter walk out to practice
In the row above: Yadier Molina and Kyle Lohse chat; Dave Duncan watches one of his pitchers; Lance Lynn throws live BP; Mark McGwire watches Joe Mather; Brendan Ryan with his wrist wrapped up
In the row above: two shots of Ryan Franklin’s live BP; Mike Matheny coaches the catchers; two shots of Pujols swinging in BP
In the row above: more Pujols BP; Pujols and Molina have a relaxed moment; McGwire watches Colby Rasmus take BP; and Rasmus in BP