September 1, 2011: Pujols homers twice, Holliday hits his 200th career home run, and the Cardinals call on a rookie pitcher to sweep Brewers

With four weeks remaining and a sizeable gap between the Cardinals and a playoff berth, Tony La Russa wanted to line up his pitching rotation for the home stretch of the regular season. To make it happen, he called upon Brandon Dickson, a rookie right-hander who had spent almost the entire season in Memphis, toContinue reading “September 1, 2011: Pujols homers twice, Holliday hits his 200th career home run, and the Cardinals call on a rookie pitcher to sweep Brewers”

July 27, 2011: Cardinals trade Rasmus to Toronto, bolster their pitching for World Series run

When the Cardinals and Blue Jays exchanged eight players just a few days prior to the trade deadline on July 27, 2011, most of the focus understandably centered on 24-year-old center fielder Colby Rasmus. After all, Rasmus had long been considered the Cardinals’ top prospect, destined to fill Jim Edmonds’ shoes as St. Louis’s nextContinue reading “July 27, 2011: Cardinals trade Rasmus to Toronto, bolster their pitching for World Series run”

July 21, 2012: Cardinals tie franchise record with 12-run rally vs. Cubs

On July 21, 2012, a single inning proved the difference between the Cardinals and Cubs. It just turned out to be one heck of an inning. The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a 12-run, 10-hit outburst that led to a 12-0 win and launched the Redbirds into the record books.Continue reading “July 21, 2012: Cardinals tie franchise record with 12-run rally vs. Cubs”

May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat

When the first inning of Paul DeJong’s major league debut rolled around, the 23-year-old shortstop wasn’t even in the stadium. The Cardinals called DeJong up from Triple-A Memphis earlier that day to fill the roster spot vacated by Kolten Wong, who was placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort. DeJong had been playing secondContinue reading “May 28, 2017: Paul DeJong homers in his first major league at-bat”

April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat

As the son of a professional drag racer, Lane Thomas knows the value of a fast start. So perhaps it was no surprise that he homered in his first major-league at-bat. Lane’s father, Mike, was a professional drag racer in the National Hot Rod Association, and Lane spent his early summers traveling around the country,Continue reading “April 19, 2019: Lane Thomas hits two-run blast in his first major-league at-bat”