Light hitting St. Louis Cardinals SS Brendan Ryan decided that a good time to get a few more hacks in the underground batting cage at Great American Ball Park would be as the Cards batted in the top of the 1st inning vs. the Reds last night. Unfortunately for the slick fielding little guy, the Redbirds were retired so quickly in their half of the inning that the infielder had to rush up the tunnel onto the field, grabbing the wrong glove n the process, so that he had to race back in to get his game glove as Birds Ace Chris Carpenter was completing his warm up tosses. Carpenter took it upon himself to scold his diminutive shortstop and stare him down for making the pitcher wait a few moments before throwing his 1st pitch of the night. He was later defended by his manager, who said "Carp did the right thing, he's a veteran guy who is mentor to these younger guys." In the post game presser Carp said it was a misunderstanding he himself had created and that he and Ryan "Were good."'
Despite the internal histrionics surrounding the Cards, Cincinnati 2B Branson Phillips decided that some "interesting" comments aired publicly regarding the Reds main Central competitors would be good for the Reds chances. Wrong...Phillips was quoted as saying " "We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em. "..
The news wasn't available to the Cards before the game but I'm sure a trickle down of the quote reached the dugout at some point throughout the Cards 7-3 beating of the Reds.
A Grand Slam from Jared "Skip" Schumaker followed 4 singles and a double off Reds Rookie Mike Leake in the 4th inning as the Birds scored all seven of their runs on 8 of their 12 hits on the night.
Carpenter pitched through the 7th inning allowing 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. He improved his overall season record to 13-3 and 4-0 versus Cincinnati this year to go with his 4 wins against the Reds last year.
While being "late" for the 1st pitch is unprofessional and worthy of some discussion or even discipline, Carpenter's public display of aggravation with Ryan is another sign of the arrogance built into some members of this team both verbally and through osmosis of the manager's callous and holier than thou attitude.
Rookie lefty Jaime Garcia takes the ball versus the Reds Johnny Cueto tonight in game 2 of the series. We shall see if the Cardinals will show any reaction to the Phillips comments or will toe the LaRussa company line and save it for another day and time.. Look out Brandon.!
1st things 1st ..HAPPY 20th Birthday to faithful Met Fan Bernard Jourdan.!!! Now that you are no longer a "kid" (ha ha) maybe the Mets and their management can follow suit and grow up and start showing some maturity and be honest with the greatest and most loyal fans base in MLB.
The Mets return to Citi Field after yet another losing road trip to face the NL West contending Rockies from Denver. The NL's leading winner Ubaldo Jiminez with his 17 victories, will face Mike Pelfrey who'll attempt to right the ship that was sailing quite smoothly for the 1st 3 months of 2010 but has seen the big righty not win since June 23.
Mets "interim manager" Jerry Manuel will sit CFer Carlos Beltran and RFer Jeff Francoeur ( 2 of the Mets 3 OFers counted upon to be major forces this season) in favor of Rookie Fernando Martinez and the highly deserving Angel Pagan.
Josh Thole will once again get the start behind the plate, where he SHOULD see the bulk of the playing time for the rest of 2010 and the future.
FIRE JERRY MANUEL !!!
FIRE OMAR MINAYA !!!
LET'S GO METS !!!!