I may never go on vacation again. I leave town feeling like the
glass is three-quarters full and
everything in the world is right.
The Springfield Cardinals had a four game lead over the Tulsa Drillers
and a solo claim to first place. I come home and the
is in second place, down two games
embarrassing road trip winning only two of the seven road games played
Tuesday they open a four game
won eight of its last 10 games while
be trying for one in a row.
Not all is gloom and doom,
however, in the House that Hammons built.
When the Springfield Cardinals return home on June 10, the fans will
have something to cheer about no matter where the team is in the Texas League North standings. Third baseman Rico
Washington, who is batting a
remarkable .423, in last 26 at bats,
has six home runs, two triples, seven doubles and 24 RBI, is receiving
the honor of Player of the Week for second time this season.
Washington, who has played
extremely well all season and has become a
strong fan favorite, played especially well last week going 11-26 with
eight extra-base hits and seven RBI. On May 30,
Washington had a gigantic month of
May as he not only proved that he
had hitting power but was adept at reaching base, as he had 15
extra-base hits, including six home runs and two triples. He also
drew 20 walks.
According to Texas League
the best for all Texas League players in May. The league says that "he
has been a huge part of his team's success in the first half.
"Springfield is batting against a
red-hot Tulsa for the top spot in the
Texas League North Division, and the race looks as if it will come
down to the wire, and Washington is sure to have a big effect on the
One other good piece of news for
Springfield fans is the fact that
the Cardinals won't be playing the Corpus Christi Hooks when Roger
Clemens makes his 2006 Double-A pitching debut in Wichita on June
11--they will be at home playing last place Arkansas, who are, as
Springfield Cardinal's media director and broadcaster Mike Lindskog
put it, "terrible," with a 19-37 record while they are 15 and-a-half
games back of first place.
More good news: The Texas
League announced its 2006 All-Star
Team on Monday afternoon, as four Springfield Cardinals will participate
in the June 20th event, to be held at Ray Winder Field in
Gorecki, who is the only Cardinal
to make the starting lineup, is
batting .263 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 52 games.
Pomeranz leads the Cardinals and
is tied for the most wins in the
Texas League with six. The right-hander is 6-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 11
Worrell, the Cards' closer, is
second in the league in saves with 14.
Another bit of good news--there
are now 12 balls on top of the
indoor training facility roof. There is also one broken window in the
press box from a Juan Richardson foul ball. Everyone will be happy to
know that Brittney, assistant media director, is okay.