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Player Spotlight: Left Fielder/First Baseman, Allen Craig

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After Allen Craig’s outstanding outing as a St. Louis Cardinal yesterday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, I thought it was the perfect time to post his Q & A. But before we get into that, let’s recapitulate last night’s game and Craig’s amazing performance! The Cardinals were down 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth with both Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus sitting out for the day. Craig hit a two-run double to left field plating Brendan Ryan as well as fellow Memphis Redbird Jon Jay. Shortly after, Randy Winn singled to right field to drive in Craig putting St. Louis down by only one run.

Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth. Allen Craig is up again with Yadier Molina on second, Jon Jay on first and two outs. Craig singles to center field,  Molina scores to tie up the game! Matt Holliday up next hits a single to right for the winning run. Cardinals win 5-4!! And all on the former Cal Bear’s birthday!

Not only did Craig receive his first Major League double, but he also had his first multi-hit game with the Cards while collecting three RBI. Allen Craig did an exceptional job and St. Louis posted videos to prove it. Check them out!

Allen Craig’s first Major League double

Allen Craig’s single ties up the game


Q & A with Allen Craig

What is your best moment on the diamond? Getting my first major league hit (this year) in Milwaukee 



























Who is your greatest influence? My family in general, mom and dad, grandparents, aunts and uncles

What is your favorite food? Pizza

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What is your favorite sports movie? Major League

Favorite Baseball Player: Ken Griffey Jr.

Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Having a family, kids sitting in the front row at the Lakers games with season tickets

What is your favorite TV show? “24”   24_s6.jpg

What is your favorite off-day activity? Getting rest

Song that pumps you up: “Imma Do It” by Fabolous

Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know. I have a pet tortoise back home.


Do you have any autographs? A bunch! Cal Ripken, A-Rod, Griffey, etc.

What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind of the game, playing and staying focused every day and working hard.

What is your favorite part about the city of Memphis? Huey’s

What was your favorite baseball team growing up? The Angels


What was your favorite athlete of all time? Kobe Bryant

Three things you cannot live without: Food, water and family.

Describe yourself in six words or less: Work hard at what I do.

What is your favorite part about being a Redbird? It’s unpredictable.

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*All photos by Allison Rhoades

That’s it for Allen Craig, we send our congratulations from Memphis and wish him the best of luck!

Jordan. Out.

We Did It! The Playoffs!

playoffbanner.jpgThe 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.

frominside.jpgThe seat commemorates Albert Pujols’ walk-off home run in the 13th inning of Game 4 of the PCL Championship Series of 2000.

Up 2-1 in the five-game series, Pujols’ solo jack won the ‘Birds their first and only PCL Championship on September 15, 2000.


The ball landed in seat 7, row F of section 127 and is now known as ‘the red seat’.

fromseat.jpgThe red seat offers a great view of the park and on a really crowded day, bragging rights.

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.
Until now.

The 2009 Redbirds squad put an end to this sour streak last Saturday night by clinching the PCL’s American North division.

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And if things go just right, perhaps the park will have two red chairs in 2010.

Information that may behoove a fan following the Redbirds post-season:


  • 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.

We took an in-office poll, and last weekend was voted as pretty great.

Last weekend’s exhibition games against the St. Louis Cardinals was significant in that it issued in the Redbirds first taste of baseball in AutoZone Park of 2009, but it was special for other reasons as well. Primarily, it introduced two vulnerable, naive youths named Ben and Alex to the tumultuous, tenacious world of professional baseball.

We did manage to have some fairly great experiences. In a weekend certainly filled with more highs than lows, the two of us are pleased to announce some of our personal highlights and not-so-highlights of the weekend.


The Best:

1. Getting quotes in the Cardinals clubhouse – My first brush with a major league clubhouse was an absolutely surreal mix of  stonewashed denim, tattoos and Rambo. Everyone was extremely personable and answered questions, which was great for a guy who was unbelievably nervous about the whole thing. Awesome.

2. Albert Pujols’ monster performance over the weekend – On Friday night alone, he posted a 3-for-5 outing with a homer and six RBI. He definitely put on the performance everyone wanted to see over the weekend. Super awesome.

3. Jose Oquendo – The Cardinals third-base coach and all-around legend decided to get in an at-bat in Saturday’s exhibition game, earning the walk and eventually making it all the way to third base. Baseball dreams do come true. Undeniably awesome.

Not the best:

Tripping in the Redbirds radio booth – It’s hard to make friends with broadcasters when you misjudge steps and form-tackle trash cans live on-air. I can only assume the sound of clanging aluminum raises more questions than answers from the listeners’ perspective. Embarrassingly awesome.



The Best:

1. The Cardinals Clubhouse – Finally getting experience interviewing professional athletes. Who better to break me in than Tony La Russa? I was fortunate enough to be in there with a few other interviewers, who knew what they were doing. Pretty cool.
2. Getting stared down by Albert Pujols – I enjoy taking photos and I was granted access to the field during warm-ups. I was really close to Albert Pujols and started taking some photos. A few pictures in he turned his head and stared me down. It was evident he wasn’t going to back down so I turned and took pictures of the player he was throwing to. Really just being able to take photos on the field was a privilege.
3. Action in Press Box – I was finally able to see how it all works. From the FOX Sports truck to the delicious buffet, there were a lot of people running around and getting everything in order, including myself. There was a buzz in the air. I think everyone was ready for professional baseball in the AZP.

The Worst:

Yellow – I never thought I’d be saying this about my favorite color, but wearing a pale yellow game day polo in a Cardinal-red dominated clubhouse certainly didn’t help me blend in. And for a rookie interviewer unsure who to interview, I have trouble believing that I didn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Still, the experience will not forget.

This weekend was unquestionably phenomenal, but it’s only the tip of a giant, diamond-shaped iceberg. The Redbirds officially kick off their season Thursday, April 9, when they take on the Oklahoma City RedHawks, so expect the good times to keep rolling all summer long. All-in-all, we’re pretty pumped about some catching some Redbirds baseball this year.

Baseball Is Here!

Thumbnail image for cardsfield.JPGWhat a thrill it was to see the St. Louis Cardinals take the field this weekend at AutoZone Park. Albert Pujols and the gang were visitors to the Memphis Redbirds for a two-game series that took place on Friday and Saturday. The following photos are from Saturday, which turned out to be a perfect day for baseball.


The Redbirds getting loose in left field during pregame warm-ups.

pujols.JPGReigning National League MVP Albert Pujols had a killer day on Friday, going 3-for-5 and netting six RBI. He also hit a home run in Friday’s game and belted one over the Bluff in left field during batting practice on Saturday.

managersandAP.JPGManagers Tony La Russa and Chris Maloney talk before the game. Maloney had the honor of taking the last at-bat on Saturday, producing a ground out off of Jason Motte.

fielding.JPGFriday and Saturday proved to be an exciting day for baseball fans in the greater Memphis area and a nice taste of what’s to come. For exhibition recap stories with quotes from Tony La Russa click the links below:

Friday Night’s Exhibition

Saturday’s Exhibition

Tomorrow Ben and I will post the highs and lows of the weekend from our perspective in the press box and the clubhouse.