In Praise of Matt Carpenter

The joys of beating the Reds is a gift that keeps on giving. As my last post was about this subject, I don’t want to spend too much time on it. Suffice it to say that beating the Reds never gets old. But then again, beating the Cubs, the Brewers and the Pirates never gets old either. Not to mention beating every other team in the National League, but most especially the Nationals (who the Cardinals play next), and of course the Dodgers (the postseason drubbings are especially meaningful). The Giants are the one team that remains a particular nemesis. It’s an odd numbered year though, so hopefully they will not be an issue in the Cardinals’ quest for the trophy.

I want to talk about Matt Carpenter. Who doesn’t want to talk about Matt Carpenter? I suspect Mr. Clayton Kershaw would like to forget he exists, seeing as how Carpenter has been the main antagonist in his postseason melodramas, but Mr. Kershaw doesn’t have to read this post (and if he did, I would be shocked all the way down to my old toes).

So yes, Matt Carpenter. Hitter of many doubles, scorer of many runs, lead off man extraordinaire and possessor of the best five o’clock shadow in the major leagues. I can’t get enough of Matt Carpenter (with apologies to his wife, who has nothing to worry about, as I am old enough to be his mother). The Cardinals found themselves a gem in that 13th round pick in the 2009 draft (that was a very good year). He isn’t perfect, but who is? Not much of a base runner, and I worry about that arm throwing all the way from third base. He seems to have to put a little too much effort into many of his throws, which is why if there was no Kolten Wong, I would worry less if he still played second base. I hope the arm holds up and he doesn’t end up like Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.

I love watching Matt Carpenter play baseball. When he comes to bat, you know you are not going to get cheated. Even if he strikes out, he does it with panache and an indomitable spirit. That cheeky grin is a winner too. His most recent imitation of Ozzie Smith at home plate was a sight to behold, but one has to cringe at the thought that he might have been injured. Best not to try that again, Matt. We get you, we really do, and we don’t need reminders of your tenacity that potentially come with a trip to the DL. Ease up, dude.

I could go on, but I don’t want to appear stalkerish. Suffice it to say that I enjoy Matt Carpenter as much as any old woman with a baseball fetish. Maybe more, because I have a blog to talk about it. Heh heh.

I end this post with some Cardinals news. Randal Grichuk has been put on the 15 day DL with a weight room injury. I think the Cardinals either have poor trainers (I doubt it) or way too enthusiastic weight lifters. I sincerely hope this does not become an epidemic. Seriously, if you must get injured, at least do it on the field making some spectacular baseball play or something. Geez. So now the guy who engenders comparisons to expensive foreign cars is in the shop for repairs. That’s what happens when you invest in expensive foreign cars. Of course, I think the comparison to expensive foreign cars is ridiculous and stupid, but I guess some folks just need hyperbole to make their day worth living.

Till we meet again, gentle reader.

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