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The St. Louis Cardinals Caravan is making its annual trip to Memphis and visiting AutoZone Park on Sunday, January 20. The event is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Champions Club on the club level. The program will offer first-come, first-served seating with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and the event will feature complimentary food and soft drinks.
This year’s attendees include former Redbirds Matt Adams, Sam Freeman, and Brad Thompson. Former Memphis Chick and National League All-Star Ryan Franklin and Cardinals’ 2012 first round pick Michael Wacha will also join the Caravan along with broadcaster Dan McLaughlin. Players will discuss the past and upcoming season during a question and answer session with youth autograph opportunities to follow.
The Cardinals will be implementing a new Autograph Ticket system this year. The first 400 kids (15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player. Autographs will only be available for kids 15 and under.
Adams enters the 2013 season ranked as the Cardinals’ #7 prospect by Baseball America. The 24-year-old batted .329 and belted a team-leading 18 home runs in 67 games at first base for the Redbirds last season while also making his Major League debut for the Cardinals. The Cardinals’ 2011 Minor League Player of the Year batted .244 with a pair of homers and 13 RBIs for St. Louis while filling in for the injured Lance Berkman.
Freeman continued a successful comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2012, logging a 1.89 ERA between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis before making his Major League debut for the Cardinals in June. The southpaw concluded his breakthrough season by pitching in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League and being named to the Rising Stars Game.
Franklin spent the final five seasons of his 12-year career with St. Louis and was named to the 2006 National League All-Star squad. Franklin pitched for the Double-A Memphis Chicks in 1997 and currently serves as a special assistant to the GM in the Cardinals baseball operations department.
Thompson, who pitched parts of six seasons with the Redbirds from 2004-09, primarily worked out of the St. Louis bullpen for five seasons and was a member of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals.
Wacha enters the 2013 season ranked as the Cardinals’ #6 prospect by Baseball America after being St. Louis’ first round selection (19th overall) in the 2012 draft out of Texas A&M University. The 6-foot-6 right-hander posted a miniscule 0.86 ERA in 11 games across three levels in his first professional season and collected a Texas League Championship ring with the Springfield Cardinals.
Good news is, it’s been almost a month and Descalso was reactivated from the DL July 27th going 3-for-9 with one run scored since being back and has extended his hit streak to five games, including three games from before his DL stint. Looks like he’s back and better than ever!
Here is an article about Descalso from earlier this year:
Redbirds’ Daniel Descalso wants clutch situations and a video of him from when he first arrived in Memphis: Daniel Descalso interview with StLtoday
…and a little more about number 13 that most of you probably didn’t know, enjoy!
Full Name: Daniel William Descalso
Nicknames: DD, Dirty D, ‘Scals
Hometown:San Carlos, CA
Favorite baseball player of all time: Carney Lansford
What is your best moment on the diamond? Being a part of the gold medal winning team USA last year in the Baseball World Cup.
What team did you watch growing up? I was a big Oakland A’s fan
If you weren’t in baseball, what would you be doing? Probably something business related, running my own company.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years? Sitting in my backyard by my pool.
Favorite food: My Grandma’s homemade ravioli
Newest Hobby: FIFA World Cup Soccer
Favorite movie: Rudy
I’m afraid of… heights.
Favorite TV Show: “24″
Song that gets you pumped up: “Automatic” by E-40
Most embarrassing moment while playing baseball: Forgetting the number of outs one time in college and running and getting double up.
Favorite play in a baseball game: Anytime you can make a diving play and take a hit from someone is pretty fun.
Tell us one thing about you the fans don’t already know…I have five younger brothers and sisters and my last name in Spanish is ‘barefoot’.
If you were on a reality TV show which one would it be? The Real World
Best prank pulled that you’ve seen or been a part of while in pro ball: In 2008, a teammate and I took another guy’s keys to his car, filled his AC vents
with baby powder and turned his air conditioning on high so when he got in and turned on his car after the game he got sprayed with baby powder all in the
Who is your greatest influence? My dad, growing up he was always around coaching me in baseball and always being a good role model for me.
What is your favorite off-day activity? Nice BBQ, hang out by the pool, etc.
Describe yourself in five words or less: Hard-working, all around good guy.
Do you have any autographs? I have a Derek Jeter one and my favorite one is my Joe DiMaggio autograph picture
What is the most difficult part about playing professional baseball? The grind, the long season, the 140 games and the travel, it all adds up.
What do you like best about the city of Memphis? The history
Any broken bone stories? I have a broken collar bone right now…it was a play over second base, me and Tyler Greene were both going after it. I dove and he slid, his knee hit me in the shoulder and I broke my collar bone.
If you were a kid would you rather be the one in Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield or Little Big League? Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year because he’s the only one that actually plays.
Three things you can’t live without: My computer, my ipod and my family.
What is your favorite thing about being a Redbird? Playing at AutoZonePark..
Lightning Round Responses
Dogs or Cats
Summer or Winter
Fruits or Vegetables
Movies or Books
Offense or Defense
Ketchup or Mustard
Sunflower Seeds or Bubble Gum
Have the ability to fly or read people’s minds
Be able to stop time while you slept or never have to do laundry
That about wraps it up!
Yesterday the Memphis Redbirds opened their gates at 1:00 p.m. like usual for a Sunday afternoon home game, except this time the fans’ four-legged friends were able to come too! Shade, water and waste removal were provided for the pups and they seemed to have fun while they were here for Bark in the Ballpark.
You had your big dogs, little dogs, hot dogs, crazy dogs (mostly our full-timer Dan’s dog Maizey), some with weird names, others sporting creative outfits and some that I personally wanted to take home with me.
Dollar hot dogs were offered by King Cotton and even more fun was included thanks to Purina, BrownDog Lodge, Invisible Fence and Little Stinkers Pet Waste Removal.
Nationally renowned act Jake the Diamond Dog was also in attendance to take over bat boy duties every few innings. He even made it a point to go #1 on the field after taking water to the first and third base umpires. The crowd roared with laughter after figuring out exactly why Jake had stopped in the middle of right field, although I’m sure grounds crew wasn’t very thrilled about it.
The Memphis Animal Shelter joined in the festivities bringing eight dogs that were up for adoption.
I am delighted to say that all the dogs were welcome into new homes, including one Caesar Jameson Rooney, adopted by intern roommates Kevin Rooney and Shane Berliner. They already have some cute family photos, don’t you think?
I’m not sure these boys know what they’re getting themselves into…but Caesar already seems to know that he is the boss and Kevin and Shane are his pets.
Throw in a hot dog eating contest, a new addition to our intern class and puppy pools to keep those doggies cool, and I think we had a
pretty successful Bark in the Ballpark! Thanks to all who made their way to AutoZone Park!
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.
As an intern for the Redbirds, apart from Opening Day, there is isn’t anything more highly-anticipated than the Staff vs. Intern Baseball Game. And it finally came. Thursday.
Though the intern team has only beaten the full-timers once in the game’s nine-year history, the ’09 Interns had high hopes. Calm and collected Manager Wassel placed the interns’ five former baseball players (be-it college, high school or intramural) at the front of the 12-man line-up.
2nd Row (L to R): Jeff Wilen, Courtney Munson, Heather Mills, Joe Rejc, Leigh Eisenberg, Stewart Comer. 1st Row: Ben White, Cory Shedd, Ben Spradling, Nick Cataldi, Phil Simon. Standing: Manager Alex Wassel.
‘Play Ball’ was shouted at around 3:30 P.M. by umpire Ed Collins and the 10th Annual Staff / Intern Game was underway.
The full-timers scored one run in the first inning when Kyle Parkinson (yes, the bloggers’ boss, of course), who reached base on single to center field, was driven in by a sacrifice fly by Harrison Lampley.
Nick Cataldi hit the game’s only triple in the top of the fourth for the interns and scored on center fielder Phil Simon‘s sac fly. The score eliminated any chance of there being an embarrassing shutout loss (honestly, we probably wouldn’t have blogged about that – or I’d let Ben write it, because he is very good at putting our many short-comings into words), and leveled the score 1-1.
This was the first time the interns really believed they might be able to pull off the long-shot victory. However, any dreams of conquering the full-timers were quickly thwarted in the bottom of the fourth, when they put up four more runs to make it 5-1.
Six consecutive hits from the top of the order paved the way for the team’s four-run inning.
The full-timers added one more to their lead in the fifth when intern second baseman Cory Shedd, in an attempt to turn the double-play, committed a throwing error to first that allowed Corey Gillum to score.
The interns’ final push came in the sixth when the team crafted three runs out of five hits. The inning ended with a play at the plate, after Joe Rejc belted a double over left fielder Nelson Padro’s head.
Cataldi safely scored from second on the play, but Phil Simon had to beat the throw to home-plate delivered by cut-off man Valentin.
Some say Simon was safe and scored; others, like umpire Collins, disagree.
“I saw a bang-bang play,” Collins said. “I saw the ball and I saw a tag…I’m real sure.”
The photo is ambiguous, so you can see just how close of a call had to be made in real-time. Also, disregard the ball on the ground, that is from a different pitch.
The inning ended, along with any of the interns’ realistic chances of winning, with hitters six, seven and eight coming up in the seventh. The interns, or ‘Assistants’ as their shirts and business cards read, hadn’t given up just yet.
Everyone has a classic underdog story that they retreat to in times like these for motivation. And I went straight to mine, recalling Buddy, the golden retriever from Air Bud: Seventh-Inning Fetch; who, even without opposable thumbs, comes back to help the Angels win the World Series all-the-while saving his missing puppies from the antagonist Rocky Racoon. Man, that dog could rake.
Possibly agitated that his home-plate slide was ruled an out, intern outfielder Simon made the play of the game in the next inning; a running and diving catch to record the second out.
Unfortunately the intern team went 1-2-3 at the plate in the seventh, making it officially a 6-4 loss.
KP dominated almost every stat category, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs. Simon had a game-high two RBI.
Though they didn’t lead their team in anything except maybe cleanest uniforms, the Communications Interns did their part and went 2-for-5, each with a single.
“They definitely were the surprise of the game,” said proud boss and player of the day Kyle Parkinson.
On the mound, Ben White led all pitchers with two strikeouts to teammate Leigh Eisenberg.
The Redbirds clubbies combined to go 5-for-12 with one RBI, third baseman Celso Callado leading the way with a 1.000 batting average. None of the clubbies were available to interview, except Karasek, but trust me, that would have only been a waste of time.
All in all, everyone had fun; but deep down we all know what would have happened if we had have played nine innings. Youth would have prevailed. Alas. Good luck intern class of 2010.
A very special thank you to our brave photographer Allison Rhoades for taking these photos.
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