Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Like Shooting Carp in a Barrel


As the midway point of the 2008 MLB season draws near, the injuries are mounting. The St. Louis Cardinals have 11 players on the Major League disabled list including 5 starting pitchers. Their off-season acquisition has yet to appear in a game. The de facto ace recently injured his finger and hit the DL while the Colonel, the man with some of the best numbers on the season, has missed two out of his last three starts with a balky elbow. Fans all across the land of Redbird believers* are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their savior, the man who was a first round draft pick of the Cardinals in 1987, the man who entered the rotation in just his second professional season, the man who made 13 career starts and last pitched in the majors in 1996...

In some alternate universe, I suppose, this is what I might have been thinking had I stopped paying attention to baseball around the time I stopped paying attention to baseball cards and then once again returned to paying attention to baseball games only recently like I did with the cards. Instead, we have have a post about 43 year old former pitcher who later became an original Florida Marlin, and the lamenting of the absence of a 33 year old ace who came to the Cards from the Blue Jays with lackluster numbers and a penchant for injuries and went onto win a Cy Young award and anchor two World Series teams.

Carp I was the #14 pick out of Georgia and joined the defending NL Champion Cardinals the season after he was drafted. He posted what appear to be decent numbers, but for some reason was moved to the bullpen for the duration of his career by 1988. I don't really have any memories of him other than the numerous late 80s and early 90s cards I have of him, especially his 1989 Topps card where he looks incredibly disinterested. Judging by the background, it appears that he's posing for a school picture or perhaps a driver's license photo. I think someone may have drawn the moustache on.

As for Carp II, I'm not holding my breath. At this time I could see him throwing a few innings out of the bullpen come September, but, playoffs or no playoffs, I'm not counting on him for much this season. That's the only way to be pleasantly surprised.


*(it should be noted that I refuse to ever use the moniker "[Team Name] Nation")

1 comment:

Erin said...

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