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Whitesox029
02-19-2007, 10:32 PM
I was just flipping through channels and noticed on FSN Midwest that Rick Ankiel is a non-roster invitee with the Cardinals. Did anyone else hear about this? I guess they are looking for someone to take up the slack in the 6 ERA department in the wake of Marquis's departure.

Lorenzo Barcelo
02-19-2007, 10:38 PM
He's been in their farm system as an outfielder for a couple of years now.

Whitesox029
02-20-2007, 12:37 AM
He's been in their farm system as an outfielder for a couple of years now.
That's right, I had completely forgotten that he's an outfielder now.

Murphy10
02-21-2007, 12:19 PM
Good thing he's an outfielder know I couldn't stand him with those goofy socks and throwing every pitch over the catcher's head.

Does anyone know what number he's wearing? I think he used to wear like 66 for the Cards.

WhiteSox5187
02-21-2007, 02:25 PM
Good thing he's an outfielder know I couldn't stand him with those goofy socks and throwing every pitch over the catcher's head.


Those are some of the best socks in baseball!!!! He'll be coming up as on outfielder and was playing there last year, I'm not so sure how well he did. I hope he does well. It's so befuddling what happened to him. He was lights out one year and then the next...very strange.

cheeses_h_rice
02-21-2007, 03:02 PM
I'll still never forget Ankiel's playoff debut against the Braves in 2000 (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2000/B10030SLN2000.htm). What a ****ing trainwreck (though the Cards ended up winning).

BRAVES 3RD: Maddux walked; Furcal popped to first in foul
territory; Ankiel threw a wild pitch [Maddux to second]; Ankiel
threw a wild pitch [Maddux to third]; A. Jones walked; Ankiel
threw a wild pitch [A. Jones to second]; C. Jones was called out
on strikes; Galarraga walked [Maddux scored on a wild pitch, A.
Jones to third]; Jordan singled to left [A. Jones scored,
Galarraga to second]; Ankiel threw a wild pitch [Galarraga to
third, Jordan to second]; Sanders walked; Weiss singled to left
[Galarraga scored, Jordan scored, Sanders to second]; JAMES
REPLACED ANKIEL (PITCHING); Lopez popped to second; 4 R, 2 H, 0
E, 2 LOB. Braves 4, Cardinals 6.

skottyj242
02-21-2007, 06:46 PM
I'll still never forget Ankiel's playoff debut against the Braves in 2000 (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2000/B10030SLN2000.htm). What a ****ing trainwreck (though the Cards ended up winning).

Why does it say that game was played at Busch Stadium II? I'm confused.

FedEx227
02-21-2007, 10:39 PM
Why does it say that game was played at Busch Stadium II? I'm confused.

Per Wikipedia (I can find a more reputable source but this was the quickest):

Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium was the home of the St. Louis Cardinals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals) Major League Baseball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball) team from May 12 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_12), 1966 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_in_baseball) to October 19 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_19), 2005 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_in_baseball). It opened four days after the last game was played in their old home, Sportsman's Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsman%27s_Park) (which had also been known since 1953 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_in_baseball) as Busch Stadium).

So technically the Old Busch Stadium was Busch Stadium II.

WhiteSox5187
02-22-2007, 12:08 AM
Per Wikipedia (I can find a more reputable source but this was the quickest):



So technically the Old Busch Stadium was Busch Stadium II.
Yep! I was about to say that meself! Here's an interesting thing I learned from my brother, when the Busch family bought the Cardinals and the Browns moved out they were going to renamed Sportsman Park "Budweiser Stadium" but people objected so they called it Busch instead.

FedEx227
02-22-2007, 08:49 AM
Yep! I was about to say that meself! Here's an interesting thing I learned from my brother, when the Busch family bought the Cardinals and the Browns moved out they were going to renamed Sportsman Park "Budweiser Stadium" but people objected so they called it Busch instead.

Yeah they told me that on the tour I took 2 years ago. He wanted Budweiser Stadium/Park the MLB said no. So they said they would just name it after themselves so they called it Busch Stadium... and 4-5 years later the Busch family unveiled Busch Beer :cool:

skottyj242
02-22-2007, 01:19 PM
Then the Busch family put a "hit" out on Harry.