In a must win-must lose situation Tuesday night in Wichita, the Tulsa Drillers did their part by beating Arkansas, but the Cards failed to do their part losing to the Wranglers 7-2. And though the Cards lost the chance at a title, they couldn't have come closer with the Travelers winning the second-half over the Cardinals by virtue of a better head-to-head record of 15-8, with five games between the two teams left to play.
The Cards finished their 70-game road schedule 29-41 and are 37-28 at home. The Cards return to Hammons Field tonight at 7:10 p.m., to take on the 2005 second-half champion Arkansas Travelers in a game, that though it may not have much meaning in the way of stats and standings, could be a real tribute to the Springfield team from the fans. Tonight will surely prove whether or not the Springfield fans have earned the right to be called "Cardinal Fans."
St. Louis Cardinal fans are most often referred to as "the best fans in baseball." Hopefully when the sun comes up tomorrow, the Springfield fans will have also earned that esteemed title. If you have never attended a Springfield Cardinals game, or any minor league baseball game for that matter, this is an opportunity to show support for a team that has brought excitement, class and respect to the St. Louis Cardinal organization.
Tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 31) the Cards send Stuart Pomeranz (5-6) to the mound to face Arkansas' Kasey Olenberger. Tickets to the next five "show-the-team-you-care-games" are available at the Hammons Ticket Office, by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
The game can be heard live on KWTO JOCK 98.7 FM or online at www.springfieldcardinals.com.
You can write John Brayfield at firstname.lastname@example.org