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Talking Cardinals spring training baseball on WGEM

On Friday, I joined Josh Houchins on WGEM ESPN 1440 Radio to talk St. Louis Cardinals spring training baseball.

Josh is the host of WGEM SportsCenter, the only sports talk show in the Quincy, Ill. Area, from 7:00–9:00 A.M. every morning. You can learn more at and follow the show on Twitter at @wgemesc

Sister station WGEM 105.1 FM is a member of the Cardinals radio network, broadcasting both spring training and regular season games. If you live in the Tri-State area, make sure you tune in all season long.

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3 Responses to “Talking Cardinals spring training baseball on WGEM”

  1. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Tony was bright. He held a private and very invasive “inner dialog” with many of his players. He was, and sought to create emotional co-dependence with selected players. And like it or not, understand it or not, that is what old school really is. We acknowledge that usually around very strong principled charismatics like Newt Rockne, Vince Lombardi, Casey Stengel etc,etc. In Tony we have the California psychologist. The agreements he made going into 2011 created enough stress to cost him his health. After struggling with many issues, he lost his job in mid August. Its was the removal of Carp in a Dodger game that brought about a blown save and a 2/1 loss. La sweeps the series which brings about the fabled team meeting. Saturday the 27, in his next start, Carp is destroyed by Pittsburgh, team quiting in a 9/0 loss. With the team 10.5 back on Sunday. Tony puts up the white flag. With Monday an off day, he decides to give Molina, Pujols, Furcal the day off, reinstating Theriot to short and Skip to second, Berkman to 1st. He is showing what the Front office has threatened to use in 2012. Theriot makes a 2 run throwing error in the second, Skip kills a rally with a dumb base running error in the 3rd, Lohse is throwing BP, but survives 5 with the lead, Holiday beaming to be playing without Pujols and Molina has a couple of doubles. Tony moves Furcal back to short in the 6th realizing how obvious his posturing looks to a smallish crowd. Cardinals win 7/4, Atlanta is rained out so we slide to 10 back. That was when Tony gave up trying to reinstate himself as the necessary ingredient in keeping Pujols a Cardinal. You know the rest. He did exactly what his instincts told him, and in a fog of medication induced dementia, used his “connection” with the players to win a WS. Baseball strategy be damned. He will coach again, with Dave at his side. (I made all this up, no truth at all in these statements)

    Outlining a chapter in the up coming book “Memories of a WCBW”

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