September 2, 2007

Reds at Redbirds: Pujols better Slide

This has been an ugly series so far, but you know things are looking up when Brandon Phillips is vowing to turn a double-play straight through Pujols' head.

My kiddo is suffering a fever and a tummyache today, so there's always the nonzero chance that we'll be doing the obligatory appendicitis-scare ER trip, but I'm hopeful that ibuprofen and Popsicles will do the trick.

Let's see if C. Trent's got the line-ups:

Our Beloved Reds
Josh Hamilton CF
Jeff Keppinger SS
Ken Griffey Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Edwin Encarnación 3B
David Ross C
Bronson Arroyo P

Those Damn Cardinals
Eckstein ss
Ankiel rf
Ludwick lf
Edmonds cf
Duncan 1b
Miles 2b
Bennett c
Looper p
Ryan 3b

No Pujols! I guess the threat of someone throwing at your cranium is a strong one.

51 comments to “Reds at Redbirds: Pujols better Slide”

  1. Albert’s probably scared to be in the on deck circle.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    It’s a scary place to be, knowing your impending failure is imminent.

  3. So what happened with Phillips and Pujols? I gotta think that maybe Phillips shouldn’t really tug on Superman’s cape too much. He already pissed off the Cards when he showboated after a home run.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    That Eckstein is aboard. That guy is like an evil little Energizer Bunny

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ross actually caught something to tag out Eck at the plate. Did I slip into an alternate dimension??

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    I didn’t watch the game yesterday, but I understand that Phillips was trying to turn a double play and Pujols didn’t get down. To avoid hurting the guy, Phillips threw high and didn’t get the twin killing.

    I understand that the going baseball philosophy is that he should have just thrown th ball exactly where he was going to and let it be Pujols problem to get out of the way. And that’s what he’s promised to do going forward.

    I can probably find a link. The story on is lacking the profanities, so I’ll have to see if I can find the unedited version.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:


    Here’s the good stuff.

  8. Oh, jeez. So Pujols tried to break up a double-play? Does it make a really big difference if it’s by not sliding or going in hard with your spikes up? Whatevs.

  9. I do love Ricky’s arm.

  10. Red Hot Mama says:

    There was a tuss about that too; Jeff Kent last year took issue with Ryan Freel when he said he went in with spikes up. These guys take this stuff personally.

    I’m glad to see the Reds getting fired up about something, whatever it is. They’re so bland, except for Phillips. I was half expecting a brawl today, though. Maybe LaRussa did, too, with the putting of the big guy on the bench.

  11. Red Hot Mama says:

    It’s a good arm, but Hatteberg is hardly a speed demon. Pretty much like almost throwing out an elephant.

  12. DevilsAdvocate says:

    The issue was that Pujols did not slide [i]and[/i] ran out of the baseline towards Phillips, causing him to go well left of the base. Then there was the matter of the comments after the game about how he was playing hard, and next time he’ll just put Phillips in left field instead. Not cool.

    BTW, how come the STL tv broadcasting crew hates Brandon Phillips? They kept talking last night about it.

  13. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yikes, Juan Encarnacion is out for the season.


    Poor guy. He’ll have to see the Reds win one-eyed.

  14. The STL crew doesn’t like Brandon Phillips because he has a tendency to showboat when playing against the Cardinals. He is lucky he hasn’t gotten a teammate drilled in the ribs. If he chilled out, people might not play that way against him.

    Rick slipped – it looks like they over watered the outfield.

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Nice pitching, Bronson.

  16. Oh, Sunday line ups, how I loathe thee. Granted, we only see those when we’ve already won a series – so this may be the third time all season.

  17. Red Hot Mama says:

    Phillips has good reason to showboat, and if it pisses off the other team, all the better, in my opinion. Getting into the other team’s head is part of the game.

  18. What’s really nasty about the Juan Encarnacion situation is that they have to wait so long for the swelling to go down before they can even tell how bad the whole injury is. I was waaay out in right field and I heard it.

  19. Well, it sounds like Pujols got in to Phillips’ head 😉

  20. Red Hot Mama says:

    I dunno. Pujols is the one sitting, possibly for the safety of his head.

    Sucks about Encarnacion. I feel for the guy. How’s the outfield situation without him?

  21. Red Hot Mama says:

    Tough inning for Ryan.

  22. I don’t think Albert’s sitting because of Phillips. The Cardinals don’t have any days off the rest of the season and one of those days is a doubleheader with the Cubs.

    We still have too many outfields.

  23. Red Hot Mama says:

    The Reds never seem to suffer for lack of outfielders either. I wish our GM could learn to trade them for something decent (i.e., not Gary Majewski).

    Damn the stranding of more runners! It’s the freaking curse of the Reds.

  24. Ryan’s still trying to learn 3rd. It’d be great if our back up over there didn’t decide to get hooked on nose candy.

  25. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aflac Trivia Question
    Who is the only current Cardinals player that was on the roster for Rick Ankiel’s MLB debut?

    George is saying that Ankiel is a great story, on par with Josh Hamilton. Did I miss something? I thought he just couldn’t handle the pressure of pitching.

  26. Isringhausen or Edmonds, I think.

    Only two other players have done what Ankiel has done and one was Babe Ruth. It’s a pretty amazing story.

    Stupid high sky.

  27. Red Hot Mama says:

    Answer: Adam Kennedy

    yeah, but Babe Ruth was a *good* pitcher.

  28. Oh, yeah. He played a bit the previous September.

    Heh, Ankiel had the best curve you’ve ever seen before he couldn’t figure out his spatial relationships. Sigh.

  29. Red Hot Mama says:

    Stunning how the suckitude of the bullpen corresponds with the return of David Ross. AND he’s hitting a big fat .204!

  30. Oh will somebody just score!!!

  31. Red Hot Mama says:

    Do you think LaRussa will be back next season? There are rumors about the Reds trying to lure him.

  32. Red Hot Mama says:

    I love it when Dunn makes a good defensive play, because I imagine Dunn-haters everywhere shutting up for a minute.

    Can you believe that there are proponents of just letting him walk after this season? Just let him go for nothing beyond no longer having to pay him. Ugh.

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dammit what’s going on here? I can’t leave the room for 10 seconds without the Cards taking the early lead. Dammit, Arroyo.

  34. LaRussa likes older teams with high payrolls, so he might go back to the White Sox if he leaves St. Louis, but I think he’ll stay.

  35. Red Hot Mama says:

    This game is massively boring.

  36. Red Hot Mama says:

    Arroyo out…Bray in…third base immediately taken. Awesome.

  37. Red Hot Mama says:

    The Cardinals, up by three, bring their guys to the plate whom I’ve never heard of. Who the heck is Ludwick??

  38. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ryan Franklin’s ERA is under 2 in 76 innings.


  39. Red Hot Mama says:

    Forget trying to land LaRussa. Let him go to New York or whatever. I say overpay for Duncan.

  40. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yay! Reds score thanks to Keppinger. Of course, then Griffey strikes out. Sort of the story of our lives.

  41. I literally fell asleep watching this game. Ludwick is one of our many outfielders. I think he got brought up to help spell Edmonds.

  42. Red Hot Mama says:


    I wonder how many more bags of mulch we need. We chose a very popular color and might need to stock up now…

  43. We bought 3/4 of a ton of pretty rocks to go along the fence. That was a fun weekend.

  44. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ooh, like those little quartz rocks or bigger ones? My cousin put together a retaining wall with those bigger ones, but I think those stacking bricks are better.

  45. Red Hot Mama says:

    Izzy’s coming on. Does he still inspire the rage of Cardinals fans everywhere?

  46. Little ones, various shades of reddish.

    Izzy’s having a great year, but he still has to make things interesting. Today he sucks.

  47. Red Hot Mama says:

    Drat. Javy doesn’t come up with the big hit. Nice to see Ankiel make a boo boo, though.

  48. Red Hot Mama says:

    Big sigh. Time to get down to that lawn work, though. At least the worst that can do to me is give me some poison ivy.