Sure, he may be long gone, but Albert Pujols is still winning games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
In fact, he’ll be winning many more games for the Cardinals in the years to come, as documented by the following jersey modification:
Unless you’ve been living in a cave beneath the future site of Ballpark Village and were only recently forced to the Earth’s surface by the ear-splitting vibrations of actual construction noise, you probably know by now that the Cardinals acquired pitching phenom and NLCS MVP Michael Wacha with the 19th pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft – a compensatory pick the Cardinals received from the Angels when they stupidly inked Pujols to a quarter billion dollar deal.
Which makes this more than just your average modified Pujols jersey. It’s also a small, wearable piece of Cardinals history that tells the story of how the Cardinals deftly turned a burdensome, franchise-crippling contract into what could be a once-in-a-generation pitcher.
In very succinct fashion (pun intended), this jersey tells the story of why the Cardinals are in the championship hunt almost every year.
It also cements John Mozeliak as the Warren Buffett of baseball GM’s. The guy is simply the master of buying low and selling high.
Our nation remains divided on many polarizing issues right now: Obamacare, gun control and whether or not Zack and Kelly would still be married today if we lived inside the “Saved by the Bell” magic bubble.
One thing is certain, though.
United we stand.
The proverbial finger-pointing has begun, which should adequately nauseate anyone coming within earshot distance of sports talk radio shows during the Rams extended break.
We here at JoeSportsFan would like to look this negatively in the face and honor one man last night that escaped a hero. That man is pictured below, wearing a 49ers Craig Dahl jersey. He went home alive. At least, as far as we know. Bold.
This week, the Cardinals embarked upon yet another home/home series with the Kansas City Royals. Typically, that means “one home series for each team”, but for this particular series it means, “the Cardinals play in front of a home crowd in St. Louis and Kansas City”.
In 2011, we captured the gentleman below at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.
Oh, that patchwork. It looks like this guy constructed his product with a Swiss Army knife and a few safety pins. And the two MLB logos on the collar are a nice touch.
This effort was good enough to land this fan in our “Hall of Fame“.
But a lot has changed since 2011. Billy Butler is still kicking it with the Royals, but Albert Pujols is a lost artifact from the cross-state rivalry. But that didn’t prevent this fan from making the rounds yet again this week at Kaufmann Stadium with the Cardinals in town.
Odd habits die hard.
Namely, promoting horrific jersey concoctions and tucking said jerseys into khaki shorts.
It could be that our brain synapses are clogged with an overabundance of bro, but it appears that this is a different man than the one in 2011. Did that man sell the jersey? Did he have a friend that borrowed the jersey? Is this a father/son combo with two different jerseys?
Here’s the deal: two Detroit suburb high schools played a hockey game on on January 26th. The two schools were Clarkston High School and Lake Orion High School. Apparently they’re rivals. We have no idea who won the game, but we do know that a bunch of organic, self-produced marketing led up to the contest.
The effort included the little featured film below. We have nothing to report on this other than…a.) it’s a rather entertaining production from high school kids, and b.) the featured student is wearing an old school St. Louis Blues sweater.
But why the Blues sweater?
And why pick the worst possible hockey sweater in the history of mankind? Is this some sort of inside Detroit joke where they wear ugly threads from rival teams?