The St. Louis Cardinals Are Earning The "Comeback Cards"

The St. Louis Cardinals Are Earning Their Title Of 'The Comeback Cards'

How about them Cardinals!??

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On July 13, the St. Louis Cardinals had a record of 47-46. As of August 22, they have a record of 70-57. This team has been through it all. Injuries, poor management, and error after error during the month of July. Now, they are the hottest team in the National League winning 16 of their last 20 games in August and winning 8 consecutive series. They are in the running for the Wildcard spot. No one saw this coming.

Being a St. Louis native, die-hard Cardinals fan since birth, I was more than disappointed in July. Seeing the Cardinals being a pretty consistent team, always finishing their season above 500, they were nowhere close to finishing that well. My favorites like Paul DeJong, Carlos Martinez and, of course, Yadier Molina, were hurt and the Cardinals were on the downhill slide. Every notification on my phone was followed by a deep sigh of despair. Cardinals being in the lead and blowing it with simple errors or lack of good players in the bullpen. Either way, it was another loss and another game farther away from first place.

The Central Division is a strong division. You have the Chicago Cubs who have their own comeback story and the Brewers, Reds, and Pirates. They all have a lot to contribute to the division and to the National League. But despite it all, the Cardinals sit at 2.5 games behind Central Division leader, Chicago Cubs. That in itself is a huge accomplishment. Against the Cubs this season, we have won 9 out of the 16 games we played. Average, but here we are so 2.5 games away from 1st place.

After the news of the Cardinals firing general manager Mike Matheny, I was shocked. I knew they weren't playing well. But the Cardinals haven't fired a GM in years. Let's be real, the administration LOVED Mike Matheny. Things must've been pretty bad for them to fire him. After the interim GM, Mike Schildt was put into place, there was more of a pep in the player's step. They started playing better and working harder.

Matt Carpenter has gone from a player who had the worst offensive career this season to hit 34 home runs as of now. During the Cubs series, he hit a home run for six consecutive games. Another game, he hit a 3 run homer and 2 doubles in a game. He is only the second person in the MLB to do that. In the words of his GM, he is "hotter than a firecracker". It may be the salsa, but whatever it is is making the Cardinals record much better. Yadier Molina has hit 16 home runs, Flaherty is a stellar rookie pitcher, Poncedeleon has beaten all odds after getting hit by a pitch and being out. They both have bright futures. Harrison Bader isn't letting one ball drop onto that field even if it means diving into the ground. And Kolten Wong needs to win a Golden Glove right now with the way he has been playing. This is only a little of what this team's roster has to offer.

We have a saying in St. Louis that when the rally caps are on and we pray to Rally Cat or Rally Squirrel, the Cardinals turn into the "Comeback Cards." They pull through at the last minute for the extra base hits in the last few innings of the game. Most of the time, it's a walk-off home run (the Cardinals have had 7 of those by the way). It's always fun to see the players reaction as the ball gets hit out of the park. They prepare the cooler and they throw it on the player at home plate. Although it's nerve-racking, it's fun. But the "Comeback Cards" are always fun to watch.

I know this may be a luck or just a really good stretch of good baseball for men wearing the birds on the bat, but I have faith in them. I always have. That's how they were playing in 2011. All I'm saying is that they are on the way of being the same "Comeback Cards" as they were that year. Keep in mind, this is also the last time they won a World Series title. Am I being too optimistic? Probably. I always have been for the St. Louis Cardinals. But like my dad said, at least they are playing better. So if they end their season not making it into post-season, at least they improved. I hope to see them keep improving throughout the rest of the season.

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47 Things All Female Athletes Have Said

Yes, I know I am sweating a lot. No, I do not enjoy practices. Yes, I have said all 47 of these.
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Whether you're a collegiate athlete, or a high school one, you have probably found yourself saying most of these phrases. Us athletes know that the athlete life isn't for everyone, and we often find ourselves questioning if it's still for us. So, this is for all my fellow athletes.

All my fellow athletes who know the struggle is undoubtedly real, and who find themselves saying these 47 phrases almost as often as I do.

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1. Do you have an extra hair tie?

2. What if we just said no? What if we just didn't run when the whistle is blown?

3. I, like, really, am not feeling practice today.

4. Do these pants make my quads look big?

5. Are you going to eat before or after practice?

6. I'm so sore.

7. Want to get McDonald's after practice?

8. Did you see that she wore makeup to a preseason practice?

9. I actually looked like a girl today.

10. I wonder what college would be like if I wasn't an athlete.

11. We're up before the sun way too often.

12. Is it gross if I don't shower after weights?

13. How hard do you think practice will be today?

14. Coach is literally crazy.

15. I ate like 20 minutes ago, so there's a 50% chance I puke during this practice.

16. I'm not going to drink the protein shake they gave us because it's going to make me gain weight.

17. I think my legs are bigger than his, so I can't date him.

18. I think my arms are bigger than his, so I can't date him.

19. Today in class a non-athlete was talking about how busy her schedule is. It was so annoying.

20. Thinking about preseason makes me want to cry.

21. Is it even healthy for us to have this many practices in one day?

22. I'll be right back, I'm having PGD (pre-game dumps).

23. I think I'm going to throw up.

24. I should have worked out more on my own.

25. How do other girls have the energy to put makeup on for class every day?

26. My legs are dead.

27. Why did we think being a college athlete was a good idea?

28. Do you think coach will be mad if I have to go pee?

29. I think I peed my pants a little bit during conditioning.

30. Should I wear my hair in a pony-tail, or in a bun?

31. I should probably start eating healthy soon.

32. Only six more practices until the weekend, we can do this.

33. I'd rather be sore for a week straight than climb into this ice bath.

34. They might have beat us, but at least we're still pretty.

35. I can't wait to celebrate our win this weekend.

36. How many hours of sleep did you get? I got 6, it was crazy, I feel so refreshed.

37. I look like such a boy right now.

38. Will you braid my hair?

39. That referee totally rigged the game. We should have won.

40. I think I'd hate being a reg (regular student).

41. It's OK if I eat this since we had conditioning this morning, right?

42. If you're not doing homework, get off the bus Wi-Fi, everybody.

43. These pants fit my legs perfectly but are huge on my waist.

44. I smell so bad right now that I can smell myself.

45. I bet my grades would be so much better if I wasn't an athlete.

46. Coach only gave us, like, one water break during practice. It was horrible.

47. I am so happy that I'm an athlete.

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The Seattle Mariners Head Back To Reality

The ball club that is starting to lose its rhythm as of late.

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The Seattle Mariners started the year out way better than people expected. They started the season off with a 13-2 record during their first 15 games. Now as they head into May, the team is sitting at a .500 record. However, the team did not have high expectations as they were looking towards a rebuilding year for the ball club. During the off-season, they got rid of a lot of their core players such as Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, and Edwin Diaz.

According to an article from CBS Sports, the Mariners now own the longest playoff drought in all pro-American sports. The team was last in the playoffs during the 2001 season. That was during Ichiro's rookie season, and he is now retired if that doesn't explain enough. I have been going to Mariners games before I could even walk and I have never seen an MLB postseason game ever. The looks of this season started promisingly for us Mariner fans until we started having losing streaks as of late. The Mariners have started the month of May with a 1-5 record and are currently on a 4-game losing streak.

The team has developed a strong farm system from the acquisitions of Justus Sheffield, Kyle Lewis, and Jarred Kelenic. It might be a while until we start seeing consistent success from this team. It feels like every year we get so close to making the playoffs and then we end up short every season. I hope to see the ball club keep their top prospects and build something that will benefit the team in the long run.

During a press release from Baseball America with general manager Jerry Dipoto, he explained how he is looking for a team that is versatile and athletic. By getting rid of a lot of these big contracts from their old core of players the Mariners were able to get key prospects that will soon be making a big appearance. The only good thing that can come from the Mariners starting to tank is that we can see these top prospects in action as early as this season. However, the team currently stands at 2nd in the AL West behind the Houston Astros.

The Mariners have upcoming series against the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics so hopefully, they can start seeing some wins and get back into contention. They have shown this season that they can compete in the American league during the beginning of the season.

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