The Redbirds are giving Memphis something it hasn’t seen since 2000, a playoff-caliber professional baseball team. So don’t spend your weekend on the standard gimmicks of exotic foods or monkeys riding dogs. Instead take a trip to AutoZone Park and see a team that represents Memphis on a national level. Come support your Memphis Redbirds!
The Redbirds first playoff game against the Albuquerque Isotopes starts Wednesday at 8:05 pm CST and can be viewed on Milb.tv or heard on Steve Selby’s radio broadcast available on Sports 560AM. The Redbirds will return to AutoZone Park Friday night for the only promised playoff game in Memphis. Games four and five, if necessary, will be at AZP on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets here.
Now, a Memphis Redbirds playoff history lesson.
The team’s last ride through the PCL postseason was a very fortuitous one, with the last game leaving a mark on AZP forever, literally…a red mark.
We’ve all seen it, all alone and out of place like Kenny Loggins at a hip-hop show. I’m talking about AZP’s red seat, the only one in the stadium, down the right field line. It wasn’t always red, and unless one gets right up next to it, they may not know its significance.
Up 2-1 in the five-game series, Pujols’ solo jack won the ‘Birds their first and only PCL Championship on September 15, 2000.
Unfortunately the team’s success did not hold forth and for the following eight seasons, while the other teams were playing well into September, AutoZone Park lay dormant.
The 2009 Redbirds squad put an end to this sour streak last Saturday night by clinching the PCL’s American North division.
And if things go just right, perhaps the park will have two red chairs in 2010.
- Like 2009, the Redbirds first round opponent was against Albuquerque (the Dukes). The series went five games with the ‘Birds winning the opener and the final two.
- The Redbirds went 6-10 against Albuquerque in the 2009 regular season and hit .253 against the ‘Topes. The 2000 Redbirds were also 6-10 against ABQ.
- Albert Pujols hit the most recent Memphis Redbirds post-season home run on 9/15/00.
- Stubby Clapp is the only Redbird to have recorded a triple in the post-season.
- Albert Pujols holds the team’s most post-season stolen bases with three.
- Stubby Clapp has the Redbirds most post-season home runs with three.
- Bud Smith and Bryan Eversgerd are the only two Redbirds pitchers to record more than one postseason win, each with two.
Born: August 11, 1986 at Columbus, Georgia
Selected in the first round of the 2005 draft.
Colby Rasmus, the talented lefty that has been ranked as the Cardinals No. 1 Prospect from 2007-09, gets his own bobblehead Monday in the Redbirds Labor Day regular season finale.
It wasn’t until his third full-season of professional baseball that Rasmus made his debut in Memphis. He went 3-for-5 in the season opener against the RedHawks with a run and a double, but he didn’t really get hot until summer. In June, the then-21-year-old hit for .337 (34×101) with 12 extra-base hits and 15 RBI.
In 2009, the four-year pro made his major league debut for the Cards, appearing on their Opening Day Roster. Rasmus has been in St. Louis since April, where he is hitting .257 (101×393) through 123 games.
Though he only played 43 games in Memphis, Rasmus rounds out the 2009 All AutoZone Park Bobblehead series on Monday. The first 1500 fans to walk through the gates, which open at noon, will receive a bobblehead.
The Redbirds defeated the Sounds 9-1 Tuesday night, marking the ‘Birds first win in Nashville since June 24 of 2008. The Redbirds put up seven runs in a big third inning to retake the half-game lead in the American North division.
- Today’s line-up is as follows:
1. Jon Jay – CF
2. Tyler Green – SS
3. Allen Craig – LF
4. David Freese – 3B
5. Jarrett Hoffpaiur – 2B
6. Brian Barden – 1B
7. Mark Shorey – RF
8. Matt Pagnozzi – C
9. Todd Wellemeyer – P
- Wellemeyer pitched for 0.2 innings in Monday’s series opener, allowing four runs on three hits that put Memphis in an early hole. If Wellemeyer can’t make it past the first today, Oneli Perez is next up in the regular rotation.
- Mark Shorey was activated from the disabled list and will start in right field today.
- The Redbirds are first in the division by a half-game. The team’s record when in first is 24-13.
- The American North’s other team vying for first, the Iowa Cubs, lost last night to Omaha to fall to 1.5 games back from first.
Before arriving to Herschel Greer Stadium today, I was able to get some pictures of my home away from Memphis for the blog. Enjoy.
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