Cards Interviews Pre and Post-Game – 04/27

Audio interviews with St. Louis Cardinals newsmakers from Busch Stadium on Friday, April 27, including the newest Cardinal, reliever Kelvin Jimenez.

Upon entering the Cardinals clubhouse before any game, the natural inclination is to head straight to the column in the center of the room where bench coach Joe Pettini tapes up the day's line-up card directly upon exiting skipper Tony La Russa's office.

Among the available relievers on Friday, there was an extra name, "Jimenez". The next evidence was to my left, as a clubhouse attendant was sitting on demoted starter Randy Keisler's stool, busily stacking the pitcher's cleats into a bag. Three stalls to the left, between fellow bullpenners Ryan Franklin and Brad Thompson, was hanging the fresh, new home whites for #56, Kelvin Jimenez.

The newest Cardinals player, who wore #48 in Memphis, discusses the impact of Dave Duncan, his experiences in Spring Training, relieving versus starting, his reaction upon hearing the news of his initial big league promotion, his repertoire and more.

(3:27)

Manager Tony La Russa addresses the press prior to Friday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs. He explains how Jimenez was selected, why Keisler was sent down and what he needs to work on, Carpenter's plans, Friday's starters – Anthony Reyes and Jason Marquis, Skip Schumaker's struggles and contribution, Jason Isringhausen and much more.

(8:26)

Post-Game interviews

Tony La Russa discussed the loss, then his unhappiness boiled over due to a recent Post-Dispatch article that was critical of the Cubs.

(6:45)

Preston Wilson was disappointed in his game-swinging at-bat.

(1:06)

Anthony Reyes talked about a change in his game preparation and the loss.

(2:21)

For those who are interested in the men in blue, I interviewed Sunday night's Cubs starter Rich Hill.

"Audio Q&A with Rich Hill"



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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