Monday, October 17, 2011

Ranger Danger!

The strange saga of the 2011 Cardinals continues this week as the Zombie Redbirds face their biggest threat in the high octane Texas Rangers. Despite having now won back to back AL Pennants, the Rangers largely remain an unknown quantity. The two teams have faced each other exactly three times in history, all during a series in the 2004 season which saw the Cards score 12 runs twice and take 2 out of 3. This year's model certainly hits like the 2004 team, but the only similarity in the pitching staffs is that both featured Chris Carpenter as the ace. (Carp, incidentally, lost the middle game of that series back in 2004 to someone named Ryan Drese.)

Jon Jay appears to be gaining confidence at the command post of the outfield. He started every game of the postseason so far and led the team in games played this season.

I should mention that this post is brought to you with thanks to reader Matt from VA, who sent over a good stack of 2011 Allen & Ginter cards. Shane Victorino, in code parallel form, represents one of the vanquished foes of the brain-thirsty Cards. I was fortunate enough to pull his base card in a rack pack yesterday, so I'm all set in the Flyin' Hawaiian department.

Is that a squirr... er... no.

Florence Nightingale revolutionized hospital hygiene and sanitation! This has nothing to do with the Cardinals or baseball, really. I just like the card and I like Allen & Ginter.

1 comment:

Play at the Plate said...

That Ranger Ginter card is awful. It looks like Michael Young is making it with Cliff Lee. Trying to keep it clean here...