2012 All Star Game Photo
Here’s the 2012 update to our 2011 listing published August 27, 2011. This comes to us compliments of USA Today. If you’ll click the individual teams, you can access the individual players salaries. It will be interesting to note the annual salaries of the teams that make the playoffs; in other words, did they get what they paid for? For example; the Washington Nationals have the best record in the Majors this year, but have the 11th Lowest Salary out of 30 Teams. Salary Chart Linked Here
|2012 MLB Salaries
|New York Yankees
|Boston Red Sox
|Los Angeles Angels
|San Francisco Giants
|St. Louis Cardinals
|Chicago White Sox
|Los Angeles Dodgers
|New York Mets
|Toronto Blue Jays
|Tampa Bay Rays
|Kansas City Royals
|San Diego Padres
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During the seventh inning of a Cardinals-Giants game on Monday, a fan was arrested for shining a laser beam at Giants’ pitcher, Shane Loux . I was watching the game on the tube and the announcers talked about the delay, but no one really knew what was going on, and eventually the game resumed. As it turns out, the fan was a 17-year-old teenager who was with some friends in an expensive private suite along the first base line and maybe thought he was just having a little fun.
“Craig Calcaterra’s Cat?”
My story’s not about the 17-year-old mis-guided laser-pointing fan. It’s about a follow-up blog written by Craig Calcaterra on NBC’s HardBall. The post shows a supposedly comical picture of a cat wanting to catch that “red dot”. In the article Calcaterra says he sure hopes it’s not illegal to use those things or else he’ll have way less fun with his cat, making light of what could have been a really serious situation.
My immediate concern was for the pitcher ~ that he could be blinded by the laser and throw a wild pitch, injuring the batter, catcher or umpire. When you consider the speed of some of those pitches, upwards to 100 mph, you have a potentially deady combination. And that can be true even with perfect conditions, which doesn’t include having a laser flashed in your eye.
But according to a Cardinals’ security spokesman there are other situations that need to be considered. With laser-pointing, there is no way to distinguish a prank from a gunman aiming a laser-equipped firearm. Joe Walsh, Director of Cardinals’ Security puts it this way, “… when you go into what’s been going on in the country right now, it’s totally irresponsible to pretend you’ve got laser sights on somebody”.
The details of the incident are linked here, in a well-written article for the Post-Dispatch by Christine Byers of STL Today.com, and no matter how you want to spin the story, it’s no laughing matter.
I sure don’t want Calcaterra to miss out on any fun with his cat, but hope he has the common sense to leave those things at home when he ventures out to the ballpark and other public places.
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Tagged Cardinal Security, Cardinals, Cardinals security, craig calcaterra, Giants, Joe Walsh, Laser, laser beam, Matt Holliday, Mike Matheny, NBC, NBC hardball, no laughing matter, Rick Hummel, Shane Loux, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Strasburg: Last year's version with butterflied hotdog on top"
I found a great little ditty this morning at the Washington Post. The Nationals are going to highlight special food from the visiting team’s home town each time they play in Washington. I recommend you take advantage of San Francisco’s special food “Garlic Fries” this year, especially since the Giants will be playing at Nationals Park on the 4th of July, and not just because they’re our namesake, but because they’re really, really good!
But for sure you gotta love the special food presented by the Washington Nationals this year, honoring their special pitcher, Stephen Strasburg. I hear it includes 12 pickles, representing the twelve strike-outs the Stras got in his first outing. Great article written by Dan Steinberg, from the Washington Post.
Nationals Park introduces 8-pound ‘StrasBurger’
By Dan Steinberg
, Washington Post Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2012
The new 8 lb. Strasburger includes fries and a coke! Courtesy "Yardbarker"
(Marvin Joseph – TWP.) As the baseball season approaches, you know what that means on this here blog: lots of updates on the concessions available at Nationals Park.
Our first update concerns the Red Porch, and a brand-new menu item that will get lots of attention from media and fans: The StrasBurger. Via my favorite friends in Nats PR:
Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink. This signature dish is the perfect entrée to share at this affordably-priced family restaurant.
In case you missed the key phrase, this burger WEIGHS EIGHT POUNDS TOTAL, which is a lot of pounds. Even if some of them are onion pounds. Every TV station in this market will have hosts merrily attempting to grapple with the StrasBurger next month. At least, I hope so.The Red Porch will also feature special food and beer pairings that will spotlight area brews, including those from Dogfish Head and Flying Dog. Any time I get to type “Dogfish Head,” I consider that a win.
Also, the Taste of the Majors stand — which has spotlighted a few items from other MLB cities — will now feature a special dish from the city of each visiting opponent while they’re actually in D.C. Those items will all be limited time only offers, obviously. The list:
Atlanta: Smothered Fried Chicken Platter
Baltimore: Pit Beef Sandwich Platter
Arizona: Dog Platter
Chicago: Dog Platter
Cincinnati: 5-Way Cincinnati Chili
Colorado: Mile High Burger
Houston: Houston Nacho
Los Angeles: Dog Platter
Miami: Cuban Dog
Milwaukee: Beer Brat Platter
New York (Mets and Yankees): Coney Dog Platter
Philadelphia: Philly Chicken Cheese Steak Platter
Pittsburgh: Pitts Burger Platter
St. Louis: BBQ Rib Platter
San Diego: Fish Taco Platter
San Francisco: Garlic Fries and Shrimp Platter
Tampa Bay: Salty Dog Platter
Geez, this is all making me hungry! Only 23 Days to Opening Day ~ See you at the ballpark!
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Tagged Dan Steinberg, French fries, GARLIC FRIES, Nationals Park, Red Porch, San Francisco, Stephen Strasburg, Strasburger, Strsburg hamburger, Washington National, Washington Post
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge Albert Pujols fan. But here’s another way to look at it, courtesy of Sully Videos with a little John Travolta thrown in. Take a look ~
2011 World Champions St Louis Cardinals
The media’s full of articles and videos of the most newsworthy items about baseball this past year. You might think this would be those articles you and I found the most interesting and representative of baseball throughout the country, but not necessarily so.
I compiled a list from a survey today of the “top 10” from USA Today, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.
Here’s the results and below that I’ve listed my own personal “Top Ten”. How does your list compare?
TOP TEN FROM SURVEY
- St. Louis Cardinals, World Series Champions
- Justin Verlander, AL Cy Young and MVP Winner
- Game 162 collapse of the Red Sox and Braves.
- Game 6 World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers
- Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit
- Ryan Braun’s Drug Test
- Jim Thome’s 600th Home Run
- Shannon Stone Fatal Fall at Rangers Stadium
- Mariano Rivera all time saves leader
- Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium Continue reading
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Tagged American League, Bryan Stow, BUSTER POSEY, Derek Jeter, Jim Thome, Justin Verlander, Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, Mariano Rivera, National League, NLDS Game 5, Ryan Braun, scott cousins, Shannon Stone, St Louis Cardinals, Tony LaRussa, Top Ten, World Series
This is the third year we’ve published this study by Dr. Don Davis. It’s one of our most popular blogs and we’re happy to be able to share it again with you. Be sure to link to his website for additional information, changes and criteria he used in compiling his study.
“2011 Baseball Players Mathematical Study, written by Don Davis, Department of Mathematics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA., and printed here with his permission.”
||Roger Clemens, 266.0
||Tom Seaver, 181.1
||Bob Gibson, 140.4
||Juan Marichal, 107.9
||Curt Schilling, 85.1
||Randy Johnson, 202.1
||Warren Spahn, 167.5
||Sandy Koufax, 137.8
||Gaylord Perry, 102.8
||Phil Niekro, 84.9
||Greg Maddux, 197.5
||Bob Feller, 157.6
||Robin Roberts, 136.5
||Roy Halladay, 102.1
||Johan Santana, 84.6
||Pedro Martinez, 187.5
||Steve Carlton, 143.5
||Jim Palmer, 133.2
||Fergie Jenkins, 87.2
||Nolan Ryan, 83.7
||Johnny Bench, 111.2
||Yogi Berra, 92.9
||Gary Carter, 75.6
||Mike Piazza, 74.8
||Ivan Rodriguez, 71.0 Continue reading
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Tagged Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, baseball mathematics, don davis, dr. don davis, greg maddux, joe morgan, Johnny Bench, Lehigh University, Mike Schmidt, pedro martinez, randy johnson, Roger Clemens, top baseball players, top baseball players in 60 years
“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. ~ Albert Einstein.”
Last week the sports world was shaken by an announcement about illegal, immoral, unethical, sickening and a zillion other adjectives you could use to describe activities that have been allowed to exist while the powers-that-be looked the other way. And then yesterday another college has come forth with a similar situation. We’ll just have to wait and see how many more are involved.
Mike Matheny as the Giants Catcher
So last night as I was getting ready to shut down for the evening I caught a headline that had crept into my blogosphere: “Mike Matheny to Become New Cardinals Manager.” Did I read this right? How can this be? I was thinking about the popular catcher the Giants signed to a three-year contract back in 2004. In his first season with the Giants, Matheny won not only a Gold Glove Award but also the coveted Willie Mac Award given for spirit and leadership. But the next year was not so kind to Mike as a series of foul balls pummeled his catcher’s mask resulting in a serious concussion that eventually ended his playing career. I’d heard he went back to St. Louis where he’d played previously and was hired as a consultant or adviser or something. Continue reading
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Tagged Albert Einstein, baseball heroes, God, Gold Glove Award, Mike Matheny, sf giants, St Louis Cardinals, Tony LaRussa, Willie Mac Award
Note: This is a repost of my 2010 Veteran’s Day Blog.
Arlington National Cemetery
“But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners.” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)
This and the following list of Hall of Fame Members Courtesy of Baseball Almanac.
|Baseball Hall of Fame Members who Served in the Armed Forces.
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Tagged Baseball Veterans in Hall of Fame, History, United States, United States Air Force, United States Armed Forces, United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States National Guard, United States Navy, Veterans Day
I’ve never been to Busch Stadium in St. Louis but since this blog’s supposed to be about ballparks AND ballpark food it just seemed natural we’d want to highlight the fan favorite food of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony LaRussa Vegetarian & Animal Lover
When I found out that Manager Tony LaRussa is a vegetarian it brought back a memory from one of the baseball tours I took to Yankee Stadium. After touring 42nd street, I ended up with some marvelous leftover pastrami (that I hadn’t even began to touch) from an early dinner at Roxy’s Deli. There was probably a pound of pastrami left, wrapped neatly in aluminum foil, in a tidy little white bag that Jess our waiter so meticulously wrapped up for me. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I just couldn’t leave it on the plate. I mean it was a complete meal, untouched. Continue reading
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Tagged Busch Stadium, Cardinal, Jess at Roxy's Deli, Nachos, pastrami at Roxy's, Reuben Sandwich, Roxy's Deli, St. Louis, St. Louis Missouri, Sweet Pea Kitchen, Tony LaRussa, vegetarian, World Series, yankee stadium
Best Fans and Best Team in Baseball
It’s true! What better gift to the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals than the title “World Champions”! This picture is my favorite of all the thousands because if shows the team and the fans in unison like they’re in it together and they did it together, which of course they did. Last year the St. Louis Cardinal fans were selected number one best fans in baseball based on knowledge of the game, loyalty and sportsmanship. San Francisco Giants fans were voted second. Continue reading
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Tagged adrian beltre, Albert Pujols, Bill DeWitt, Busch Stadium, Jayson Stark, ken rosenthal, matthew leach, mike adams, Ron Washington, shane victorino, St Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Missouri, Tony LaRussa, World Series
Tonight the St. Louis Cardinals took it to the Texas Rangers in good old-fashioned Missouri “show me” style as the Cardinals won in 11 innings by a score of 10-9. And “show me” they did.
Here’s a sampling from last night’s game. Click here to see the entire story by Jeff Sullivan, Editor, SB Nation:
David Freese on Defense Game 6
“Oct 28, 2011 – You have to understand my situation, here. I started writing this recap when the Cardinals were trailing the Rangers 7-4 in the seventh inning, and it looked like the Rangers were going to win their Continue reading
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Tagged Cardinals, David Freese, Jeff Sullivan, Neftali Feliz, Rangers, SB Nation, St Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, World Series
I thought you might enjoy this little filler video while the rains come down in St. Louis, postponing tonight’s game. This one’s courtesy of Sooze over at Babes Love Baseball. I especially got a little chuckle out of her last comment. Oh to be young again with so much energy …..
“In case you somehow missed this video of an absolutely adorable member of the Rangers Ballpark grounds crew randomly busting a move between the sixth and seventh innings of Game 4… please do enjoy. Ian Kinsler was not impressed, but we totally are. (Call me when you turn 18!)
Update: We were just informed that this guy is 28. He just became like a billion times more attractive.”
As only Sooze can say it!