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Friday’s Cardinals telecast to feature soldiers in Afghanistan

The following release was provided by FOX Sports Midwest. I am more than pleased to do my small part in helping to promote this very worthy effort.

What:   This One’s For You, a special telecast of St. Louis Cardinals baseball that aims to connect local troops serving overseas with home.

Troops will watch the game on American Forces Network. A live satellite link from Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan will allow FOX Sports Midwest to interview Fort Leonard Wood soldiers from the 463rd Military Police Company and 988th Military Police Company during the game. Troops’ family members will cheer on the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The telecast may also include taped video greetings from Missouri National Guard airmen and soldiers in Egypt, Qatar and Afghanistan.

Cardinals fans attending the game can bring signs of appreciation. Fans watching on TV can tweet their greeting to the troops to @FSMidwest with the hashtag #ThisOnesForYou; greetings will be shown on TV.

When:   Friday, May 25. The game begins at 7 p.m. CT/4:30 a.m. Afghanistan time.   FOX Sports Midwest’s pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.

-At Busch Stadium in St. Louis
-On TV on FOX Sports Midwest
-In Afghanistan; troops will be shown live via satellite and will watch on AFN

Other videos:
15-second preview of This One’s For You:
Highlights of 2011 This One’s For You:
Greetings from Missouri National Guard troops:

This One’s For You is produced by FOX Sports Midwest in coordination with the Cardinals, American Forces Network, DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System), Fort Leonard Wood and the Missouri National Guard. This is the third straight year, and fifth overall, in which FOX Sports Midwest will present This One’s For You.

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17 Responses to “Friday’s Cardinals telecast to feature soldiers in Afghanistan”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Not a smart move by Mathney last night. He should not be using Motte for two innings. We lost anyway, so do not use Motte the wrong way. He should preferably be used for one inning and we are ahead. He can be used for one inning when tied, but not two.
    This underscores how Matheny does not have enough guys he trusts in the bullpen. Mo needs to bring up Cleto. Salas or Sanchez should go to Memphis. We need more pitching.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    One issue is the pen needs a second lefty after the release of Romero. We cannot get by with only Rzepcynski.
    On Thursday, the winning pitcher for the Phils was Lefty Valdez we had at Memphis and briefly in StL last year. He was not good enough for the Cards, but good enough to replace Romero for the Phils and to beat us? Come on. Its a travesty we cannot have a second lefthander in the pen.
    There are possibilities to fix the problem. Browning deserves a ML audition, because he has pitched well in relief for Memphis. Gast or Lyons, starting pitchers, fast risers. I remember when we promoted Al Hrabosky from AA. If you have a gaping hole, bring up a kid from Springfield for an audition as a reliever. (OTOH, the disadvantage of Gast or Lyons, is they are 2010 draftees and would prematurely necessitate a 40 man slot in November.) Or there is Freeman or Greenwood or Zavada or Additon.
    I would try Zavada or Browning. Somebody needs a try out.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Have you looked around at other clubs getting by with one lefty? Quantity does not equal quality. If the Cards had someone their coaches felt was ready to contribute, he would be there.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Valdez is ready to contribute. The problem is we let him go and he has been terrific for the Phillies. The Phillies seem able to find lefties for their pen, they have more than two.
        Mo needs to take a good look in the mirror about the bullpen.

        • Brian Walton says:

          If you cut the data to a small enough sample, anyone could look good. Valdes has pitched in just five games this season and is 34. That doesn’t change his last eight years of mediocrity. I will take a bet right here and now that he won’t survive the season in Philly any more than he did in St. Louis last year. Probably won’t make it to the break.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Raul Valdes was a member of Fidel’s national team, though without the velocity of Chapman. He escaped the Dictator’s grasp into the arms of the Chicago Cubs, signing in 2004, age 26.
            Which would be worse, working for Fidel Castro or working for Jim Hendrie and the Tribune? Life offers some nasty choices.
            Its misinformed to label Valdes’ US career 8 years of mediocrity. He quickly rose to high levels in the minors. He has about one year of ML ball on his resume. He whiffed more than a man per inning last year in Memphis. Valdes is a fringy guy, AAA, AAAA, ML journeyman. there is not a lot of difference.
            Valdes is on the Phillies roster and beating the Cards, because there is a place for ho-hum. Its better to have a below average guy versus no guy, which is where the Cards are right now, without the role of second lefty occupied.

            • Brian Walton says:

              OK, three partial MLB seasons of mediocrity because he hasn’t been good enough to hold a job plus a below-average career minor league ERA of 4.59.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                We deserve our fair share of mediocre pitchers so as to keep up with the Phillies beating us behind Valdes.

                It stinks to not have enough mediocre pitchers. Where is Randy Flores?

                Woody Allen had a joke about two gals at a home for seniors. One says the food here is terrible. The other says, right, and there is not enough of it too. This is my point. Yes Valdes is terrible, but there is not enough of him.

                • Brian Walton says:

                  In other words, they should have just kept Romero? 😉

                  • JumboShrimp says:

                    Mo made Nutlaw happy by booting Romero. Now Romero has been re-signed to a minor league deal with another organization. He may worm his way back to the majors, to be fired again. Romero got fired three times last season. This made fans happy in three cities. Romero knows how to inspire good feelings.

  3. Nutlaw says:

    The Cardinals have a massive +62 run differential (Texas is best with +90, LAD are third best with +42, everyone else is less than +30), but are only four games over .500. That’s not a good indication for the team’s bullpen, as the team appears to be winning by large margins and losing by small ones.

    Of course, as the team has only the 25th best major league bullpen ERA (4.31) and a 3-9 record with 8 saves, that’s no big surprise.

  4. Nutlaw says:

    On the plus side, the Cards do have an amazingly high team OPS of .810, good for second place in the majors and just behind Texas at .814. They have the highest OBP in the majors with .347. Very nice.

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