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)
Long necks • Adorable photo of the day, tweeted by the St. Louis Zoo.
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)
Happy 248th birthday, St. Louis! The city was founded Feb. 15, 1764, when Pierre Laclede sent Auguste Chouteau, 14, and 30 workers upstream to begin clearing land. There was nothing momentous about the founding day, just he wielding of crude iron tools. Laclede joined them in April and named the village after St. Louis (French King Louis IX), patron saint of the reigning king of France, Louis XV.
Jim Edmonds may again don No. 15 next month as a spring training instructor with the St. Louis Cardinals. The club has not announced the move, which some speculate could lead to a consultant role to general manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak confirmed he has invited Edmonds to camp. Edmonds, 41, hit 393 home runs with 1,199 RBIs during a 17-year playing career that featured eight years with the Cardinals. (Post-Dispatch photo by Chris Lee / 2007)
Game of shadows • Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil popped out to “see” his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter. But Buckeye Chuck (of Marion, Ohio) and Wiarton Willie (of Wiarton, Ontario) are predicting an early spring. I’m beginning to think these groundhogs don’t really know what they’re talking about.
I say we’ll see temperatures in the 40s for the rest of February here in the St. Louis area. (There’s a chance for rain this weekend.) (Photo by Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)