On Sunday, I drove north to Jupiter to see my beloved Cardinals take down the Marlins in a spring training game. There were occasional showers, but most of the time it was sunshine and the crack of bats. It was weird seeing Berkman at first base, but he played well, and David Freese, of course, saved the day with a three-run homer in the eighth. Like a boss. I missed my beloved Skip Schumaker, out with another oblique injury, but all the familiar faces (Yadi, Motte, Jay, even Rzepczynski, known better as Scrabble) were there.
All in all, one of the best days I’ve had in a while. Go cards.
53/366 They call this the six pack because it is six pitching mounds packed into one area near the Cardinals clubhouse, and here are for pitchers (closer Jason Motte nearest) using the six pack this morning for their second bullpens of spring training. (Taken with instagram)
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese joins the team for informal workouts in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2012. (Video by Derrick Goold / Post-Dispatch)
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday takes his first round of BP at spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2012. (Video by Derrick Goold / Post-Dispatch)
52/366 A view from batting practice, with St. Louis Cardinals utility fielder Skip Schumaker waiting his turn while teammate Matt Holliday (leg kick in midseason form) takes his last few cuts of the round. Cardinals position players do not have to report to spring training in Jupiter, Fla., until later this week. (Taken with instagram)
St. Louis Cardinals infielders Skip Schumaker and Tyler Greene field grounders during an informal workout at spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla. (Video by Derrick Goold / Post-Dispatch)
47/366 Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright digs in as he prepares to face hitters a few days before pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Photo was taken near batting cage on Field 2 at team’s complex in Jupiter, Fla. More on why his throw today matters can be found at my day job. (Taken with instagram)
Security guards were stationed at the Albert Pujols statue outside the Pujols5 Westport Grill after news began to spread about Pujols will sign with the Angels. (Photo by Robert Cohen / email@example.com)