09/20/2004: "The Cardinals won the pennant!!! The Cardinals won the pennant!!!!" --Harry Caray, October 4, 1964
Magic Number: 0
The St. Louis Cardinals are the undisputed, no tiebreaker necessary, National League Central Division Champions of the 2004 Championship Season.
I have to confess just a little bit of disappointment; it'd been somehow more exciting if we could win it by beating Milwaukee tonight (especially since the game's being shown on cable TV here in the Memphis area). But the Chicago Cubs decided to do the honorable thing, and let Florida beat them in the second game of a doubleheader this afternoon. Apparently, the Cardinals found out just about an hour ago. Supposedly Fox Sports Midwest is going to be showing the champagne celebration in the clubhouse after the game; hopefully Time Warner here won't cut away before that.... We'll find out soon.
And according to Lee Sinins, it appears that we're way ahead in the race for #1 seed in the postseason. If I read things correctly, we've got an excellent shot at home field advantage for both the NLDS and NLCS.
Life is Good.
UPDATE: Maybe I've spoken too soon again. Albert "the Great" Pujols just dropped a fly foul ball that should have been an easy catch, giving the Brewers an extra out in the bottom of the 1st inning. No apparent damage, as the next pitch resulted in a ground ball to Pujols and a 3-1 putout, but that strikes me as something of a bad omen.
Meanwhile, Matt Morris is pitching; while it's an away game, at least it's a night game and not a day game. So far it's looking like the Good Matt has shown up. We shall see.....
UPDATE II: The Good Guys win, 7-4.
Nope, they didn't stick around for the champagne celebration, dammit. However, they did stay with the Fox Sports Midwest feed long enough to let us see the "highlight reel" that FSM compiled. I'm surprised (pleasantly) by the number of highlight plays they showed that I remember seeing on TV this year. As I've noted before (either here or on comments to one or more of the Cardinals blogs), the upside to the Cards being so dominant this season is that, in addition to the huge block of Fox Sports Midwest games that Time Warner here bought the rights to, and the handful of games we could catch on WGN or the Turner stations when we were playing the Cubs or the Braves, Fox Saturday Baseball and ESPN's Monday Night, Wednesday Night, and Sunday Night broadcasts often picked up Cardinals game. All in all, it's been a great year to be a Cards fan--even in exile.
Today, the NL Central, next month, the World Series? I don't want to get my hopes too far up but.... to paraphrase the Illinois Lottery commercials:
Somebody's gotta win. May as well be us.
Great job, guys.
The St. Louis Cardinals: 2004 National League Central Division Champions
Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
49 Rick Ankiel L/L 6-1 215 07/19/79
40 Kiko Calero R/R 6-1 185 01/09/75
68 Carmen Cali L/L 5-10 185 11/04/78
29 Chris Carpenter R/R 6-6 230 04/27/75
23 Cal Eldred R/R 6-4 240 11/24/67
61 Randy Flores L/L 6-0 180 07/31/75
55 Danny Haren R/R 6-5 220 09/17/80
44 Jason Isringhausen R/R 6-3 230 09/07/72
56 Ray King L/L 6-1 240 01/15/74
21 Jason Marquis L/R 6-1 210 08/21/78
35 Matt Morris R/R 6-5 220 08/09/74
52 Al Reyes R/R 6-1 210 04/10/70
37 Jeff Suppan R/R 6-2 220 01/02/75
50 Julian Tavarez L/R 6-2 195 05/22/73
19 Woody Williams R/R 6-0 200 08/19/66
Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
22 Mike Matheny R/R 6-3 220 09/22/70
26 Cody McKay L/R 6-0 210 01/11/74
41 Yadier Molina R/R 5-11 225 07/13/82
Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
8 Marlon Anderson L/R 5-11 200 01/06/74
7 Hector Luna R/R 6-1 170 02/01/80
5 Albert Pujols R/R 6-3 225 01/16/80
3 Edgar Renteria R/R 6-1 200 08/07/75
27 Scott Rolen R/R 6-4 240 04/04/75
4 Tony Womack L/R 5-9 170 09/25/69
Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
32 Roger Cedeno S/R 6-1 205 08/16/74
15 Jim Edmonds L/L 6-1 210 06/27/70
12 Ray Lankford L/L 5-11 200 06/05/67
47 John Mabry L/R 6-4 210 10/17/70
16 Reggie Sanders R/R 6-1 205 12/01/67
99 So Taguchi R/R 5-10 165 07/02/69
33 Larry Walker L/R 6-3 235 12/01/66
Manager & Coaches
10 Tony La Russa Manager
24 Joe Pettini Bench Coach
18 Dave Duncan Pitching Coach
12 Mitchell Page Hitting Coach
38 Marty Mason Bullpen Coach
39 Dave McKay First Base Coach
11 Jose Oquendo Third Base Coach
20 Lou Brock Special Instructor
45 Bob Gibson Special Instructor
2 Red Schoendienst Special Assistant to the General Manager
Dr. George Paletta Head Team Physician
Barry Weinberg Trainer
Mark O'Neal Medical/Rehab Coordinator
C.J. Cherre Traveling Secretary
Rip Rowan Equipment Manager
Buddy Bates Assistant Equipment Manager
Jeff Murphy Bullpen Catcher
Len on 09.20.04 @ 06:49 PM CST