September 13, 2008

Mostly Memphis for the St. Louis Redbirds

Who else noticed that at one point in last night's ball game, over half the squad on the field had coupons for Autozone Park sticking out of their back pockets?

Translation: At one point during this season, the five out of nine fielded players of which I speak had played for the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

And it could've been seven if manager Tony La Russa had made the wholesale battery change of catcher Mark Johnson and pitcher Kelvin Jimenez a bit earlier.

In any event, at one point in the game (if memory serves, the sixth inning), La Russa fielded Brendan Ryan at shortstop, Brian Barden at second base, Nick Stavinoha in left field, Brian Barton in center field, and Josh Phelps in right field.

Does that make the team the St. Louis Redbirds?

Earlier in the game, Josh Phelps had played first base, meaning that Class AAA Memphis had a hand--or should I say, glove, at every position but third base.
photos by Barbara Moore