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GTBH 10/17/21: Philosophically Discussing Differences

GTBH 10/17/21: Philosophically Discussing Differences

October 17, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  There have been weeks with big news but few that were bigger and more shocking than this week, when the Cardinals fired manager Mike Shildt after he led the team to the playoffs yet again.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) try to get their arms around what just happened.  Is this a schism in the making?  What in the world could have caused the Cards to let a keeper of the Cardinal flame go without even a "thanks for the memories"?  Who should be the next top man?  Plus they briefly touch on a couple of breaking MLB stories as well.  Come give it a listen!

GTBH 10/10/21:The Brief Flicker of the Postseason

GTBH 10/10/21:The Brief Flicker of the Postseason

October 10, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals didn't get to stay in October very long, being bounced by the Dodgers in a tight game that ended poorly.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) discuss the wild card game, from decisions that could have changed the game to the decisions that did.  There's a lot of Alex Reyes talk, just for fair warning!

GTBH 10/3/21: Not Everything Is Ending

GTBH 10/3/21: Not Everything Is Ending

October 3, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  The final game of the regular season invites reflection on the past, something Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) are more than willing to do.  The winning streak is history, but does that bode ill for the playoffs?  Mike Shannon finished 50 years in the booth while Matt Carpenter finished a decade in uniform.  Daniel and Tara talk about both of them and also about that little thing coming up in LA later this week!

GTBH 9/26/21: Sweet 16!

GTBH 9/26/21: Sweet 16!

September 26, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  For the second week in a row, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) are coming to you after a perfect week of Cardinal baseball, this time consisting of two four game sweeps of the Brewers and the Cubs on the road.  What's been the most remarkable part of this streak?  How can you put into words what this team has been doing in all facets of the game?  And what sort of downside could there be to 16 straight?  All this and more as we revel in the winning!

GTBH 9/19/21: A Week For The Ages

GTBH 9/19/21: A Week For The Ages

September 19, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  From a game out last week to three games up this week, the Cardinals have had a wonderful week for their postseason aspirations.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about the excitement and energy around the team now that they've had back-to-back sweeps against two other teams vying for that same second wild card spot.  Tyler O'Neill hit two dramatic bombs this week--how great has he been this year and what does that mean for his future with the Cards?  The bullpen has been bending if not breaking.  Is usage catching up to players like T.J. McFarland?  Mike Shildt has been using Alex Reyes in various spots--is this creativity or something more Alex-centric?  All this and so much more!

GTBH 9/12/21: Still Hanging Around

GTBH 9/12/21: Still Hanging Around

September 12, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans In Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis about the St. Louis Cardinals.  With a series win against the Reds and a little help from a slumping Padres team, the Cardinals end the week just one game out of the wild card game.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Bat, @tarawellman) discuss how much to invest in this team.  Do you trust them to not break your heart the rest of the way?  Have the good moments from the players been forgotten because they come in losses?  Which team has the easiest and hardest schedules going forward?  All that and plenty more!

GTBH 9/5/21: Here We Go Again

GTBH 9/5/21: Here We Go Again

September 5, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  Another Sunday, another walk-off disaster by the Cardinals bullpen.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) had so much to say about the bullpen situation that this turned into a double-length episode.  Who can you trust in the Cardinals bullpen?  How much blame does Mike Shildt deserve?  What's the difference between stabilizing and improving?  Plus there's talk about the return of Albert Pujols to St. Louis and whether or not we've seen the last hit in Matt Carpenter's Cardinals career.  Come and give it a listen!

GTBH 8/29/21: Melt It All Down

GTBH 8/29/21: Melt It All Down

August 29, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  On the heels of Alex Reyes serving up a walkoff blast on Sunday afternoon, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) spend a lot of time talking about the bullpen.  Who should close if Reyes doesn't?  What do we make of the Cardinal bullpen as a whole?  Can Mike Shildt get creative if freed from the "use Reyes in the ninth" rule?  There's also talk about if anyone can take a playoff run seriously and what this week and this series against the Reds looks like.  Come commiserate with us!

GTBH 8/22/21: The Gem In The Dirt

GTBH 8/22/21: The Gem In The Dirt

August 23, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals treated the Brewers and the Pirates the same this week, which was not a good thing as the Redbirds dropped both series and looked very comparable to the competition, both good and bad.  Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) and Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) talk about the good first though, spending time being amazed by what Adam Wainwright is doing.  However, is it a good thing a couple of approaching-40-year-olds are what captivate much of the attention?  And what about Jack Flaherty--can, will, and should the Cardinals try to lock him up this winter?  All that and more in 30 minutes (well, 35)!

GTBH 8/15/21:Of TV and Cardinals

GTBH 8/15/21:Of TV and Cardinals

August 15, 2021

Every week, two of the Best Fans in Baseball (TM) bring you all the news and analysis you need about the St. Louis Cardinals.  This week, Daniel (C70 At The Bat, @C70) asks current Iowa resident Tara (Birds on the Black, @tarawellman) her thoughts about the Field of Dreams game held in said state as well as her thoughts about the Cardinals TV broadcast, most notably the inexplicable decision to keep broadcasters from traveling.  Plus there's a little talk about the Cardinals 6-0 week as well!

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