THE MORNING AFTER: REGULAR SEASON ENDS WITH A WIN, BERKMAN SAYS GOODBYE, AND THE CASE OF THE DELETED STRAUSS TWEETS
The Cardinals dealt a catastrophic blow to Post-Dispatch writer Joe Strauss‘ ego when they shut the media out of their playoff-clinching celebration. These are the tweets from that night/morning:
> Fans shut out, too. RT @RickyH49: Disappointed Cardinals chose private playoff celebration. Their prerogative but would like to have seen it
> I don’t dig getting sprayed by alcohol. But it does say something when club intentionally shuts out its clientelle from clinch party.
> It might be more succinct for Cards next time to display sign: “Country club. Members only. No public.” Spare the lip service re: fans.*
> @DannyBrams convey info to public. Sorry you miss connection. It’s a time when you convey emotion as much as info. Cards made impossible.*
> Think he really meant media. RT @ReidLaymance: @JoeStrauss interesting, I saw manager say on mlbtv clip he told players to go home
> @SLULAWGSR it’s an access issue to get players’ take. It’s to provide to fans. You really think media prefer hanging out until 2 am at park?
Look at Strauss’ timeline at any given time. You really think he gives one iota of care for the fans? No way.
Anyway, I normally wouldn’t devote more than a sentence to this on EM, but what’s interesting is that while I was getting the links off the EM newswire to put here, the two asterisked tweets above were inaccessible. The two tweets that criticized the Cardinals directly by name were deleted by Strauss.
Who made him do it? Strauss left the other tweets, indicating he didn’t have a change of heart some time between that morning and today. EM has learned that the Post-Dispatch send out a memo to its attending staff telling them to stop complaining after Strauss went on a three-day rant about the conditions of the press box cuisine. Did they make him get rid of the team-criticizing tweets too?
Shelby Miller got his first Big League start and killed it, taking a no-hitter through five and striking out seven in six with only 72 pitches thrown. After he left, the patchwork lineup in which Skip Schumaker was hitting third was able to piece exactly one run together in the eighth.
> I almost never buy into the mostly media-contrived “fan intimidation” factor, even in big games. But I do make exception for a fully packed Turner Field in playoff season; especially if everybody in the stands has a tomahawk.
> Congrats to the Cards for gutting it out through the long season and making it through to the playoffs after all. In all honesty, they probably don’t deserve to be there and are only in because of Selig’s idiot improvisation, but they have nothing to apologize for. They’re in, and they appear ready for it.
> EM already saluted the end of Lance Berkman’s career when it was announced that he was going to be shut down for the year, but to reiterate, this is probably it for Berkman, who finishes a 14-year career with a .296 average, 360 homeruns and 1200 RBI. Against the Cardinals he hit .313 with 39 homers and 118 RBI; for them .296 with 33 homers, 101 RBI and one of the most important at-bats in team history.
Thank you, Lance. What many saw as a pickup of a past-prime star turned into one of the best rebound seasons in recent memory, and the Cardinals wouldn’t have come close to winning a Championship without you.
> Berkman actually didn’t even want to go out there.
> In retrospect, Mark Ellis‘ baserunning error on Thursday was really bad. Like, season-wrecking bad.
> The Fan Cave will continue throughout the postseason, which means even more @KyleOKC retweets. Which is unfortunate.
> Here’s a guilt-inducing piece about the men and women who clean up Busch Stadium when you’re pompous butt leaves peanuts in the corners under your seat.
> Miguel Cabrera won the triple crown in the American League for the first time since ’67 when Carl Yastrzemski did it. I still take Mike Trout in the MVP vote, but that’s a discussion for another day.
> Miller was 0-27 in the minors this year, but went 2-2 against Major League pitching last night.
> Victor Marte actually played in a game for the first time since September 14.
> Nobody’s seen much of him, but the Cards who have are a collective 4-22 (.182) against Friday’s Atlanta starter Kris Medlen. I still maintain the Cards are going down in flames in that game.
> MLB had the biggest turnout since 2008 this year. Allegedly.
> Cabbies in St. Louis are now allowed to wear Cards gear during the playoffs. In related news, cabbies cannot normally wear Cards gear.
> What the heck was Carlos Belran wearing on Tuesday?