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Cards in the News – April 11, 2006

Due to the massive amount of articles covering the opening of Busch Trey, today's "Cards in the News" is organized by newspaper or site.

BugMeNot

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"New park, old feelings"
by Joe Strauss

"Busch III has few frills, lots of thrills, on opening day"
by Bryan Burwell

"Cards' players are saying ... their new home deserves high marks"
by Lori Shontz

"Cards' legends are saying ... new digs are all right"
by Tom Timmermann

"Mulder takes first chance to cash in with Cards"
by Bernie Miklasz

"Busch looks swell, but roster and bullpen need spiffing up"
by Jeff Gordon

"New Busch Firsts"
- staff

"Cards Notebook: Bigbie is ready for running start at rehab"
by Derrick Goold

"Encarnacion resorts to bunt to contribute"
by Derrick Goold

"Busch's media facilities get vastly mixed reviews"
by Dan Caesar

"Hall of Fame Cards make special day more special"
by Rick Hummel

"Another homecoming for Kulpa"
by Rick Hummel

"Selig: 'Everything is fair game' "
by Derrick Goold

"Paving the stadium"
by Todd C. Frankel

"The lines at new Busch"
by Elizabethe Holland

"Outside the gates: No seat, but having a ball"
by Todd C. Frankel

"2 home run balls: 1 for home team draws crowd"
by Tavia Evans

"New stadium's music should invoke infield fly rule"
by Kevin C. Johnson

"First souvenir ball comes off Eckstein's bat"
by Tim O'Neil

"Fans revel in new ballpark"
by Bill Smith

"How's the food?"
by Joe Bonwich

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Stadium Guide
"Heart of the city"
by Jake Wagman

"Busch Stadium by the numbers"
- staff

"Game? What game?"
by Tim O'Neil

"Q&A With The Architect: 'It's not totally retro' "
by David Bonetti

"Bon appetit, baseball fans"
by Tim O'Neil

"Neighborhood is busy these days"
by Todd C. Frankel

"New park has its 'knotholes' "
by Todd C. Frankel

Belleville News-Democrat
"Home sweet home"
by David Wilhelm

"Mulder shines in pitching gem"
by Rod Kloeckner

"Players learn as they go at Busch"
by Norm Sanders

"No missed chances for Rolen"
by David Wilhelm

"Shaky outings don't worry Isringhausen, despite rough start for St. Louis bullpen"
by Norm Sanders and Rod Kloeckner

"Glory, sea of red move to new setting"
by Joe Ostermeier

St. Louis Cardinals website
"Cards look to future with new Busch"
by Robert Falkoff

"Mulder gives Cards win in Busch opener"
by Matthew Leach
boxscore

"New Busch is perfect fit for Cards"
by Mike Bauman

"Cardinals settle into new home"
by Matthew Leach

"Fans give new Busch rave reviews"
by Robert Falkoff

"Notes: Bigbie eager to get on field"
by Matthew Leach

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"Newfangled Busch Stadium opens to rave reviews"
by Tom Haudricourt

"Video on demand"
by Don Walker

"Busch whacked"
by Tom Haudricourt

Miscellaneous
"New era opens in St. Louis"
by Jim Salter, The Associated Press/Springfield News-Leader

"Proper welcome home"
by Drew Bruno, Columbia Missourian

"Cards make nifty nest home in a hurry"
by Hal Pilger, The Springfield Journal-Register

"Roar of the crowd"
by Kirk Wessler, Peoria Journal Star

"Cards' Mulder all smiles"
by Tom Wyrwich, Evansville Courier-Press

"Call it paradise ... dressed in red"
by Jerry Crasnick, ESPN

At the Birdhouse
"Game Observations – Monday – Cards 6-4"
by Brian Walton (subscription)

"Insider's Report - The Milwaukee Brewers"
by Fox Sports.com staff

"Blown Saves in Context"
by Brian Walton

"Cardinals Update – Radio Program - April 10"
by Brian Walton

The Blogsphere
"Cards Game Day"
by Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"First weekend"
by Kary Booher, Springfield News-Leader

"Ten Random Thoughts on the Home Opener"
by Matthew Leach, Obviously You're Not a Golfer

"for openers"
by Iboros, Viva El Birdos

"Scott Rolen Should Role To The NL Comeback Player Of The Year Award"
by AJ Vaynerchuk, Blogcritics.org

Audio/Video/Slide
"Cards win at Busch"
by Fox Sports(Scroll down for link)

Game and Stadium Highlights
by MLB(Six video, five audio and two photo links. Scroll down and look to right, under heading "New Busch Stadium". One of the video links is a 19:44 minute clip of the pre-game ceremonies)

"Fan Photos: Your snapshots from the game"
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (If direct link does not work, click here
and scroll down. There is also a link to a video of Opening Day but I cannot get it to work)

"Cards 2006 Photo Gallery"
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Sights and Sounds of Opening Day"
- Belleville News-Democrat (scroll down to the link that says ‘Multimedia')

"Pics of the Park"
- Belleville News-Democrat (sent in by fans)

Minors
AAA – New Orleans Zephyrs 4, Memphis Redbirds 3 (16)
"Zephyrs outlast Redbirds in 16-inning thriller"
by Michael Echan, MLB (Make sure you check out how the winning run scored)
boxscore

AA – Springfield Cardinals
Scheduled off day
"Gorecki thankful for second chance"
by Kary Booher, Springfield News-Leader

"Cardinals Report"
by Kary Booher, Springfield News-Leader

High-A – Brevard County Manatees 10, Palm Beach Cardinals 3
"Palm Beach Falters on the Road"
- Palm Beach Cardinals press release
boxscore

From the Palm Beach Cardinals' website -
"Featured Player: Eric Haberer"
The Palm Beach Cardinals started their defense of the Florida State League Championship on Thursday night, with a 7-6 victory over Jupiter. Manager Pop Warner set the starting rotation with Eric Haberer, Mark Michael, Blake Hawksworth, Nick Webber and Mitchell Boggs respectively. I had a chance to speak with last night's starter, Eric Haberer, about being named at the top of the rotation and his road to the Cardinals organization.

Eric Haberer starts 2006 as a member of the Palm Beach Cardinals, where he finished last season as a member of the Florida State League championship team.

Haberer started 2005 in Quad Cities, starting 9 games and posting a 4-2 record with an impressive 2.11 ERA. "I was happy about the way I started at Quad Cities, after pressing a bit in 2004 while playing at Johnson City", Haberer mentioned. "I really felt when I made the transition from Southern Illinois to the minors, that I was still a college pitcher."

During his time at Quad Cities, Haberer and a teammate would grab lunch at Subway before every home game. "We became such regulars at Subway that the workers were shocked if we didn't order the Chicken Bacon Ranch sub", Haberer laughs.

Eric chose Southern Illinois over Bradley University to play his collegiate baseball. "Southern Illinois was the right choice simply because I felt it was a better program and it was only four hours from home", Haberer said.

I asked Eric: "What is a Saluki?" and he responded with an interesting answer, "I'd tell people it was a saltwater fish, living in a fresh water lake". He came up clean and proclaimed that in reality, it's an Egyptian hunting dog.

When the 2004 collegiate season was coming to an end, Haberer was anticipating the Major League draft. The St. Louis Cardinals chose him in the 3rd round (90th overall). Haberer was delighted, since he was a childhood fan of the Cardinals. "I was shocked from the whole process, since the only thing I did for St. Louis, was fill out a questionnaire."

Growing up, Haberer spent many nights listening to the radio and legendary broadcaster, Jack Buck. "I would just love it when he (Buck) would end the game with: That's a winner". When asked of his favorite player Eric answered, "I really took a liking to John Mabry and the 1996 Cardinals. It was the first team I really can remember and at the time I was a left-handed first baseman."

With the start of the 2006 season, Haberer will lead the Palm Beach rotation. "It's an honor to be named at the top of the rotation", Haberer said. "It shows that the organization and coaching staff are aware of your efforts and want to place you in a position to succeed."

I also asked Eric if he believes in the "lefty on lefty match-up", and he responded by saying, "I really think the hitters are so intimidated by it most of the time, that they get themselves out." Left-handed batters struggled against Haberer in the Florida State League, hitting only .177, with no home runs.

Last night, Eric struggled with his control against Jupiter, lasting only 4 1/3 innings while giving up five runs (4 earned) on six hits and walking four. "Every pitcher is going to have one of those games during the season", Manager Pop Warner explained.

Eric Haberer's next start will be against Brevard County on Tuesday night. His goal coming into spring training was to make it to Double A Springfield. If he can bounce back from last night's start, Haberer should find himself at the next level shortly.

Low-A – Clinton LumberKings 4, Swing of the Quad Cities 2
" Swing miss out at home"
by Steve Batterson, The Quad-City Times
boxscore

"LumberKings Spoil Swing Home Opener"
- Swing of the Quad Cities press release

Short-A – State College Spikes
"Up the Ladder with the Cardinals"
- State College Spikes website


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