June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

Heading into the Cardinals’ three-game, early-June series against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols was experiencing a power outage. By the time the Cardinals left Busch Stadium with three victories – including back-to-back walk-off home runs – he had reminded everyone once again why Tony La Russa considered Pujols to be the greatest player he hadContinue reading “June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs”

What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel

In “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season,” Tony La Russa looks back at what he believed would be his final season as a major-league manager. The 2011 Cardinals team was, of course, a great team to write a book about, with strong personalitiesContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “One Last Strike” by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel”

How the Cardinals added Lance Berkman ahead of the 2011 season

The St. Louis Cardinals didn’t want to wait until the winter meetings to establish their roster for the 2011 season. On November 16, 2010, they re-signed starting pitcher Jake Westbrook to shore up the rotation. Two weeks later, they traded pitching prospect Blake Hawksworth to the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Ryan Theriot. Then, onContinue reading “How the Cardinals added Lance Berkman ahead of the 2011 season”

May 31, 2014: Oscar Taveras homers in his major-league debut

By the time Oscar Taveras made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on May 31, 2014, it was almost impossible for expectations to get much higher. More than a year earlier, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak compared Taveras to Albert Pujols, prompting Sports Illustrated to write prior to the 2013 season thatContinue reading “May 31, 2014: Oscar Taveras homers in his major-league debut”