Rolen, Cards are coming home again

Monday, August 5, 2002

This time last year, the final game in a series with Montreal sparked an 11- game winning streak for the Cardinals following a trade for pitching. The team begins a six game home-stand against Montreal tomorrow with a new pitcher.

After Montreal, the stretch includes a series with New York, who the Cardinals swept last year during the streak.

Hey, I'm not saying anything. I'm just saying.

A look at the Cards and all that's going on this week:

Tuesday

Scott Rolen will make his Busch Stadium debut when the Cards begin a three game series against Montreal. The Cardinals were Rolen right along after acquiring the third baseman before their five-game slump.

Friday

  • The Cards open a three game set against the Mets and 25,000 fans won't go away empty-handed. The first 25,000 fans age 16 or older with a paid admission will receive a baseball cap from Southwest Airlines. This hat is made stretch to fit and one size fits all so even the most egotistical fan -- heck, maybe even Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz -- can wear it.

    The Memphis Redbirds will host the Nashville Rainiers and the Plaintiffs will perform before and after the game in the Plaza. The Saturn Grand Slam Tour will also be in town for festivities and displays of the new Saturn lines.

    Saturday

  • In case you didn't know them by now: the Cardinals will give away a team poster featuring this year's team to all fans under age 15 with a paid admission. Oh, by the way, the Cards are 18-6 on promotional nights this year.

    Sunday

  • If you're still inspired by Lance Armstrong's Tour de France four-peat, Renate DeBlois is leading a 62-mile bike ride out of Jackson, Mo. Don't be fooled by the mileage -- it's a great way to get fit or collapse trying.

    "It's always a problem getting new riders," husband Jim DeBlois said, "but a good share of our regulars usually show up."

    The ride starts at the Food Giant grocery store in Jackson at 2 p.m. and the group will stop around Biehle. If you think the ride is too long, there are shortcuts.

    Maybe members of the Southeast Missourian's own Fit-to-Print team could take a lesson from Jim and Renate.

    Fans get their chance to say "Thank you, thank you very much" at AutoZone Park when the Redbirds play the Nashville Sounds in Memphis. It's Elvis Appreciation Day and the first 2,500 fans will receive an Elvis Fotoball commemorating The King. Bonus: The Dempseys, a band that's no stranger to Cape, will play before and after the game.

    Down the road Hold on just a little longer, college football fans. The big day is almost here. Missouri opens its football season against Illinois on August 31.

    David Wilson is a sports writer for the Southeast Missourian. His "The Week Ahead" column will appear each Monday.

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