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St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine 2018 Issue 2

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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top of the order

SPLASH DANCE: Celebrations old (a water shot to the face) and new (conga line) intersected after Carlos Martinez hit his first big-league home run in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the White Sox on May 2. Dexter Fowler, who would crack career homer No. 100 an inning later, played the man behind the cup, a role Martinez had delivered to the dugout dating to 2015 through last season. Carlos and Dex both got turns fronting the conga craze of 2018 after drilling their dingers. ■…

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bud norris

Stat I use most to evaluate my performance: Walk percentage. As a reliever, you have to come in and compete, and not giving up free bases is really important.Overrated baseball stat: Wins Above Replacement. Even mathematically it doesn’t make sense to me.If I could ask one former player anything, I’d ask: Babe Ruth how many beers is too many the night before a game. He would know, right?_______ should get more credit for the jobs they do in baseball: Clubbies (clubhouse attendants). They’re at the park before us; they’re there after us. They do laundry, clean shoes, run errands for us. There’s not much they don’t do._______ deserve the most credit for helping me be the best player I can be: Positive teammates. Guys who come up and say something…

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the ‘hitters’ i like don’t wear boxing gloves

One of my good friends in the game, Adam Jones, starred in a commercial a few years ago that featured the line:“If he’s not playing baseball, he’s watching baseball.”I can relate. Because that’s me, too. Before I go to the park and when I come home after a game – man, even if we have a day off – my TV is almost always tuned to MLB Network or one of the channels on the MLB Extra Innings package. I might check out HGTV on occasion, because I’m interested in the housing market. But if I’m not thinking about how I want to set up my dream home – whenever I get my dream home – I’m watching baseball.When I watch, rooting for a particular team isn’t my style. I’m…

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matt carpenter

In fair weather or foul, grin and “bare” it has always been Carpenter’s approach to swinging a bat.Since he first picked up a plastic bat as a tot in Texas, Matt Carpenter learned to swing a wide variety of wands – from alloy to ash – en route to winning a Silver Slugger in 2013. Now in his eighth year as a Cardinal, he also has adapted to multiple offensive roles to meet the team’s needs.While most of his plate appearances have come as a leadoff man, Carp has spent time in each of the top three spots in the order. He has hit for average and for power – and he’s expressed a desire to do both in the same season.Through the alterations, adjustments and adaptations over the years…

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when no routine is routine

“After making the 8-hour commute from Kansas City to Memphis when we first started dating, it’s been nice to kiss the long-distance part of our relationship goodbye.”Editor’s note: Hannah and Greg Garcia met in 2014, when Greg was a 24-year-old infield prospect in the Cardinals system (he made his MLB debut April 28 that year). They were married in 2016 and are expecting their first child this summer. Hannah wrote about their journey together for Cardinals Magazine.I got my first taste of the craziness of baseball lifestyles soon after Greg and I met through a mutual friend. I was a little apprehensive at first, trying to figure out why I wouldn’t hear from him for most of the day. Then I learned why: He’s at the ballpark for 12 hours.Even…

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my cool cardinals job

You could say Thomas wears his personality on his … pants – and that his act plays fashionably well (since 1997) to crowds at Cardinals games.CLICK HERE FOR BONUS PHOTO GALLERYIN-GAME MCWho would ever think Todd Thomas – the Cardinals’ unflappable, gregarious in-game master of ceremonies – would be overcome by a case of the nerves before performing in front of a Busch Stadium crowd?The unthinkable actually happened once.Thomas had finished riding on a float in the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship parade, whooping it up with fans along the route. His official duties done, he gathered his family and headed to his seats in the ballpark, poised to relax and enjoy the trophy presentation and festivities.Or so he thought.“Fifteen minutes before the ceremony starts, I’m told I have 10…