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St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine 2018 Issue 1

Cardinals Magazine provides readers with the most comprehensive, colorful look at one of baseball’s premier franchises, presenting a far-reaching package of feature stories and extraordinary photographs guaranteed to enrich your Cardinals experience. With the very best headed your way in 2018, you don’t want to miss what’s in store as we highlight the present, past and future of Cardinals baseball like no other outlet. Join the growing legion of loyal subscribers who come to know Cardinals Magazine as the best team publication in the game!

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schedule 2018

FS Fox Sports MidwestF FoxFS1 Fox Sports 1FB Facebook WatchE ESPN or ESPN 2All games broadcast on KMOX 1120 AM and the Cardinals Radio NetworkGame dates and times are subject to change. ■…

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top of the order

2018 OPENING DAYWE HAVE LIFTOFF: After launching the Cardinals’ first homer of 2018, a two-run rocket that propelled St. Louis to an early 2-1 lead on Opening Day in New York, Yadier Molina soared in celebration with Jose Martinez after each crossed the plate. Though Martinez would later add a solo blast – both deep shots came off Mets starter and winner Noah Syndergaard – the Redbirds fell short in Flushing, 9-4, in the March 29 matinee. For more on Molina, who set a franchise record for consecutive Opening Day starts at the same position (14), see the story on page 38. ■…

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dominic leone

55Stat I use most to evaluate my performance: ERA. I’m not a real big stats guy and don’t like checking numbers during the year. But ERA is cut-and-dried. If it’s low, I know I’m doing a pretty good job. If it’s high, I know I have to work on some things.If I could ask one former player anything, I’d ask: Pedro Martinez what his mentality was day in and day out. I idolized him growing up in Connecticut. His mound demeanor and attitude seemed so aggressive, so in your face. That’s what I try to model myself after.______ should get more credit for the job they do in baseball: Relievers (smiles). We go out there and bust our hump every day.______ deserves the most credit for helping me be the…

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‘i’m still dreaming bigger than i’m living’

Whenever I’m asked about last season, my first thought is about this season. If you believe 20-20 was special, just wait.I’m out for 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in 2018. I can do it, too. If I hadn’t spent April in the minors last year, we might be talking about a second straight 30-30 season right now.But if you don’t think I can pull it off, that’s cool. It wouldn’t be the first time someone doubted me. But I’ve always believed in myself, and last year only reinforced my faith in my own ability. That’s the kind of performance I routinely expect from myself, which is why I didn’t see a need to celebrate after the season. We didn’t make the playoffs, did we? I took a couple weeks…

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luke weaver

Getting from dugout to mound each inning is just a hop, skip and a jump for Weaver.Luke Weaver goes to great heights – literally – to keep his cleats from touching the foul line each time he heads to the mound to begin an inning. Rather than simply step over the 4-inch-wide stripe of white aerosol paint (chalk is obsolete), the Cardinals starting pitcher leaps the entire 6-foot-wide dirt basepath and, for an added flourish, clicks his heels before landing.Dorothy has nothing on Weaver. He even wears ruby, er … red shoes.“It’s the thing about not bringing any bad luck – if that is a thing,” he explains.No other sport offers a more conducive environment for such nuances – call them rituals, habits, routines or superstitions – than baseball with…

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a baseball wife in japan

“When Miles and I shared a kiss for our engagement pics at Roger Dean Stadium in 2014, we never dreamed he’d be pitching there four years later as a Cardinal.”Editor’s note: Lauren Mikolas spent the 2015-17 baseball seasons in Japan with her husband, new Cardinals righthander Miles Mikolas, while he pitched in the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization. Cardinals Magazine asked Lauren to share her experience as a player’s wife overseas.In January 2015, only two months after our wedding, my husband headed to Japan to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants. We had been on our honeymoon just two days when his agent reached out with the prospect of a job across the Pacific. I need to know in 24 hours, he added. Call me back.The move meant quitting my job as…