This is without a doubt the greatest time of the year. We have the Final Four on Saturday and Opening Night is to follow on Sunday. Spring Training is wrapping up and the Cardinals will head north to visit a couple of the minor league affiliates.
“Walking in Memphis”
Certainly a trip to Memphis would mean a stop at Rendezvous for a rack of ribs. We have visual evidence that “Big City”, Matt Adams can destroy a plate of St.Louis styles. If he enjoyed the BBQ in Kansas City, he’ll love the smoked meat in Memphis. The fans in Eastern Tennessee will no doubt need to grab a table early on Thursday.
Previously when the team visited Memphis, the hometown fans were treated with the final at bat of third base coach Jose Oquendo. Oquendo worked a base on balls in that final at- bat possibly walking right on over to Beale Street.
“Springfield, Springfield, it’s a hell of a town.”
My intention wasn’t to reference The Simpsons in this article, but definitely jumped on the chance to do so.
The Cardinals will be visiting John Q. Hammons Field in Springfield tonight. The Double-A farm club, also the Cardinals, are affiliated in the Texas League. Springfield last hosted the big club in 2015.
Randall Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty may head over to Lindbergs to scout out the talent. Adam Wainwright could check out Bass Pro or take the family on the short drive to Silver Dollar City. Redbird Daily’s own Colin Garner or Austin Lamb could act as hosts and show the big leaguers a tour of the local watering holes.
Great opportunity for the affiliates.
In all seriousness, the Cardinals visiting the minor league cities is very cool. Ownership understands the need to give back to the smaller communties with a big city fan base. Living in Tulsa, I’ve seen a couple of the major league teams come through town. No offense to any Double-A players ascending through the system, but the ball just sounds different off the bat of a big leaguer!
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