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Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/18/15

We have here a repeat of the first day – with different photos, of course. St. Louis Cardinals photos from Sunday’s second session of the 2015 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

Included in row order below are Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Tommy Pham, Tim Cooney, Sam Freeman, Tyler Lyons, Bill DeWitt Jr., Michael Wacha, Michael Girsch, Chris Correa, Seth Maness, Matt Carpenter, Kevin Siegrist, Matt Adams, Magneuris Sierra.

Readers should check out The Cardinal Nation main site where I loaded the audio comments from a dozen Sunday speakers. I did the same Saturday and expect do so for Monday as well.

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4 Responses to “Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Sunday, 1/18/15”

  1. crdswmn says:

    This has nothing to do with WWU directly, but there is some sentiment on the internet (from non Cardinals fans) that the Cardinals should not be honoring Oscar Taveras because he was drunk driving and killed someone. I don’t know how to feel about this. Drunk driving is a serious thing, but ignoring what happened as if Oscar shouldn’t matter doesn’t feel right either. I got into a disagreement on this with a guy on Twitter whose best friend was killed by a drunk driver. I ended the conversation pretty quickly though, because a part of me understood where he was coming from.

    What is the right thing to do in this situation? Is honoring OT a form of condoning what he did? It’s a dilemma. I don’t remember much about what the team did when Josh Hancock was killed, maybe someone could jog my memory.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I have already written about my personal discomfort with this and as the celebrations ramp up, it continues. I would feel better if there was a more balanced set of initiatives that include alcohol abuse awareness for young people as part of the Taveras remembrances. That comes with its own tricky angles for a number of reasons, which may be why it is being shied away from.

    • kray66 says:

      I remember the black patches with “JH 32” after his death and the same in the bullpen. But I don’t remember the team doing a whole lot more than that. The two certainly didn’t have the same prospect status in the organization, so it may be hard to judge anything they do for Taveras based on Hancock.

      I agree with Brian. It’s tricky. I don’t think anyone is celebrating his poor decision-making that day. I think perhaps remembering him and what he could have been will be a subtle reminder that it can happen to other young guys. Some formal education/awareness would be good, but perhaps seeing that black circle on their uniforms every day will be a reminder of what could happen – to both the fans and the players.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The entire team went to a memorial for Hancock that was held in Alabama. Up until that point, the team had provided beers in the clubhouse after games. After Hancock got loaded and ended his life, the providing of alcohol within the clubhouse ended. This was a responsible change of corporate behavior. If players independently choose to get loaded after games, this should be entirely their own responsibility and the team should in no way seem to facilitate drinking irresponsibly.

      The Cards were owned by a major beer company for decades. Baseball was a means of marketing beer. The Cards are as intertwined with alcohol as are the Brewers.

      Hancock was college educated, Auburn or Alabama, likely from a more privileged background than Oscar. Given his age and background, Hancock was very irresponsible and it was hard at the time for me to feel sympathy for his misfortune, after swilling, texting, and toking in the speed lane of a highway.

      Oscar was younger and still growing up. He died partly because he wanted to visit his home after the season. His accident seems a somewhat more forgivable immaturity. We are all young once and being humans, we make mistakes.

      For the Cards and for MLB, improving a park near Oscar’s barrio is a way to support the cause of Dominican baseball and to invest in the society. We are not celebrating Oscar’s final drinking and driving, rather everything else, including his generous spirit.

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