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  • #46
    Where the heck are all the Cardinal fans anyhow? This forum is almost as dead as the Brewers forum!

    Which by the way has been claimed by Phillies fans. I will soon be overrunning it with YouTube video's of feral cats and drunken fistfights. Much like the Vet.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
      Where the heck are all the Cardinal fans anyhow? This forum is almost as dead as the Brewers forum!

      Which by the way has been claimed by Phillies fans. I will soon be overrunning it with YouTube video's of feral cats and drunken fistfights. Much like the Vet.
      Nothin' doing right now. There are lots of Cardinal fans at BBF, not sure why they don't poste here more often.
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      • #48
        I always wondered why there wasn't more activity on our Cardinals site too. But, being a diehard Cards fan I am also to blame for not posting more. I will work to change that.

        Any talk on whether or not we are going to sign anyone else? I see we got Choate and Wiggy, and was sad to see Skip go. I hope he does well and gets a lot of playing time with the Dodgers. He was always one of my favorite Birds while he was playing. I was hoping that Berkman would go back to Houston and DH, but they just signed Pena and may not be looking at Lance anymore. I hope he also lands somewhere he can get plenty of playing time. Those two were great clubhouse guys, and important pieces to that 2011 Championship team. Has Lohse been signed by someone? I liked him while living in Minneapolis and he came up as a baby faced kid.

        Like Matthew C. posted a while ago, I also like our chances this year with that 6 or so possible starters we have going into camp. Some real good young arms there! I am real excited about 2013, and I hope we can get some good posting here on our site! Go Cardinals!
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        • #49
          There never has been much activity here, so by default I think we all avoid it a little. Collectively, that deadens the board to the point it is now.I'm as diehard as they come, born and raised there, attended 5 different Series, Cetennial Celebration, watch them play at Wrigley, New Comiskey or whatever they call it now, Riverfront and Great American, etc.

          But starting a thread that might get three/four other posters? Not my style. You have to start somewhere though...
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          • #50
            Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
            1. The Cards had an insane amount of regular season injuries all three seasons - more than typical. I know, the Phillies were too, etc. and they have some room to gripe as well.
            The Cards were well below average in games missed to the DL in the last 3 seasons
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            • #51
              Originally posted by filihok View Post
              The Cards were well below average in games missed to the DL in the last 3 seasons
              http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index...-list-summary/
              Surprising numbers - I'd like to see how injuries for key or top players shape up. A lot of of injuries to big names.
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              • #52
                I was thinking the same thing when I looked at that graph. Losing Waino all 2011, then Carp almost all this year are two major subtractions from a rotation. Not too mention the loss of Berkman almost all year, Furcal down the stretch, Craig to 2 DL stints, and in 2011 when Holliday had his appendectomy and the frequent stints on the DL that Freese had in those first couple years...

                Those are some big producers missing from the field. I still think it is amazing that our team has done as well as it has through all that! Cardinals fans could certainly appreciate Phillies' fans pain having to go without Howard and Utley for as long as they did.
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