March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse

With less than three weeks remaining before their March 31 season opener, the 2008 Cardinals were quickly running out of healthy starting pitchers. Mark Mulder was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Chris Carpenter was working his way back from elbow surgery. Joel Pineiro was questionable with shoulder stiffness and Matt Clement had yet to pitch sinceContinue reading “March 13, 2008: Cardinals sign Kyle Lohse”

February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals

Just one day before the Cardinals and their 24-year-old star, Albert Pujols, were set to meet in Phoenix, Arizona, for an arbitration hearing, the two sides agreed to the richest contract in team history. On February 19, 2004, Pujols signed a contract for at least seven years and $100 million, making him just the ninthContinue reading “February 19, 2004: Albert Pujols signs a team-record $100 million extension with the Cardinals”

February 17, 2006: Cardinals sign Scott Spiezio and spur a phenomenon

On his way to helping the Cardinals capture the 10th World Series in franchise history, utility infielder Scott Spiezio inadvertently started a fashion phenomenon at Busch Stadium. Spiezio had been a World Series hero for the Angels in 2002, but he came to St. Louis after two subpar seasons with the Mariners. On February 17,Continue reading “February 17, 2006: Cardinals sign Scott Spiezio and spur a phenomenon”

January 14, 2008: Cardinals trade Scott Rolen to the Blue Jays for Troy Glaus

As a 6-year-old boy growing up in Southern California, Troy Glaus proudly told his mother that he wanted to be the Cardinals’ third baseman. Twenty-five years later, that dream came true, though it required a “very personal” feud between Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and third baseman Scott Rolen to make it happen. On JanuaryContinue reading “January 14, 2008: Cardinals trade Scott Rolen to the Blue Jays for Troy Glaus”

January 8, 2002: Ozzie Smith is elected to the Hall of Fame

On the day the Baseball Writers Association of America was set to announce the Hall of Fame class of 2002, Ozzie Smith had a backup plan ready. If the phone rang with the news that he had not been inducted in his first year of eligibility, Smith and his family were all set to driveContinue reading “January 8, 2002: Ozzie Smith is elected to the Hall of Fame”