Mental Break

Think warm thoughts.

Maybe they should change the baseball in the logo to a snowball?

There’s a lot of gray in this photo, from the steel gray sky to the dirty gray snow that has been plowed into a pile next to the concrete gray sidewalk. There’s some white, too. The unblemished snow piled up in the background, the white glass atop the streetlight. Then there’s the baseball in the banner hanging from the pole. And just down the road, a white “C” wraps around the Slugger Bird on that banner.

Let’s focus on that shall we? Soon we’ll be watching some gray-uniformed nine squaring off with white-clad Cardinals just half a mile from where I took this photo the other day, at Hammons Field. The Springfield Cardinals will play the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game March 29. Springfield opens Texas League play at Frisco April 7 before the home opener one week later against those same Rough Riders.

That’s, right, Springfield…we’re a mere 63 days away from regular season baseball. Warm nights, cold beer, green grass, Redbirds. Hang in there.


P.S. – Tickets go on sale March 22.


Epic Meltdown Manager coming to Springfield

This is the Springfield Cardinals’ new hitting coach. Seriously.

From the Cardinals’ presser:

“We are very excited to have Phillip join our experienced staff this season,” Vice President and General Manager, Matt Gifford said. “He has a long track record of getting the most out of his players and along with ‘Pop’ Warner and Bryan Eversgerd, the 2011 Springfield Cardinals will be in great hands.”

Wellman also has a track record of getting the most out of his meltdowns. A caller to The High Road Show with Allen Vaughan suggested “Phillip Wellman Rosin Bag Night” at Hammons Field. I don’t think Gifford has enough Bill Veeck in him to go for it, but it’s a slice of fried gold. I wish they’d make it happen.

The Springfield Cardinals open the 2011 Texas League season, their seventh, April 7 at Frisco. The TL home opener is exactly one week later against those very same Rough Riders.