yadier molina cardinalsIf you’re just tuning in, you’re noticing that the site looks a bit different now. For more details on the changes, see here. One known issue: the “recent comments” feature in the sidebar is not working properly (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t – and you can’t click straight through to the comment). It may be a technological limitation associated with Disqus, and I’m researching it.

Otherwise, I’m still tinkering to make minor fixes. If you see issues, do let me know. For now, Bullets …

  • Yadier Molina was pretty upset by the high and tight pitches he and other Cardinals saw frequently yesterday, and it led to the benches being warned late in the game. Given the number of them, I don’t think it was unreasonable to be a little annoyed (it’s a little scary how many pitches nearly clipped a Cardinals’ head), but I also don’t think Jason Hammel (and then later Neil Ramirez) was doing it intentionally. It was clear that his command was just a little off. If your release point is just slightly off, and you’re trying to go “normal” high and tight, it’s very easy for that pitch to consistently sail too high.
  • For his part, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Cardinals.com that he understands where Molina was coming from: “You get one mistake that sails and flies up by your head, you’re not happy about it. But when you see a number of them happen that way, you start to take it pretty personal, and I don’t blame him. We’re not trying to pitch anybody up and in like that, and then you start talking about around the head. Nobody else should, either. Guys need to stand up for themselves and we need to stand up for them.” Again, I can kind of understand the feelings here. I just don’t think it was intentional.
  • Hammel says he was just up in the zone yesterday, which is what bit him in the big second inning. (Cubs.com)
  • Thoughts from Jeff Samardzija and Jed Hoyer on how Samardzija keeps improving as a pitcher. (Tribune)
  • One of the murals at Wrigley Field is actually a picture at old Comiskey Park. It’s being fixed. (CBS)
  • Sahadev Sharma is going to be co-hosting again on the Game (FM 87.7) from 9am to 11am CT on Saturday. Make sure you listen and cheer him on.
  • With all the stuff going on with the site change, I can’t even muster the time to express my outrage at the FCC taking the first step in actually approving its suspect and ill-conceived paid priority plan, which will really undercut Net Neutrality.
  • Justin Jabs

    Does anybody actually have a picture of said mural? The linked post doesn’t include one. Thanks.

  • ssckelley

    I find it funny how the Cardinals like to chirp about a few pitches being up and in when they purposely plunked Travis Wood on Tuesday.

    • jtownballr

      I think we should plunk the swash-buckling-slider Matt Holladay next time we play them.

  • http://batman-news.com Boogens

    Hi Brett,
    Do you have any suggestions as to how we can make our concerns known to the decision makers re: net neutrality?

    • Revery

      FCC 888-225-5322 X 0
      Tom Wheeler’s email: http://www.fcc.gov/leadership/tom-wheeler-mail

      Address to a large Internet petition: http://cms.fightforthefuture.org/tellfcc/
      That is also the same group that is utilizing Occupy tactics and setting up tent cities outside of over 20 FCC branches. They are taking small donations.
      Also call your US Congresspeople, Democratic Senator’s are putting the most pressure on Wheeler and FCC.
      Also, educate yourself on what happens when something is regulated as a Public Utility, as I suspect/naively hope that this is a play to classify Internet as Utility.

      • King Jeff

        Good luck with convincing Tom Wheeler. We should have all known this was coming as soon as he was appointed. I don’t understand how nobody saw a conflict of interest appointing a cable tv lobbyist to head the FCC. Now we deal with the consequences.

        • Revery

          Agreed. At his point , I believe all protest correspondence can be had in three words: Fire Tom Wheeler

  • Gimme_Dat_Cookie

    Molina needs to quit bitching and get another tattoo

  • Spencer

    There are “no recent comments” found on the sidebar right now, but earlier this morning I was able to click on the comments listed there and it took me directly to the comment in the article like usual.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

      The number of comments had to go away for now. When you clicked and it took you right to the comment, did it take you right to the comment within Disqus? I couldn’t get that to work for me.

      • MightyBear

        Love the look of the new site. A few bugs but there always is. Will be cleaned up. Just because the “Plan” doesn’t work right away doesn’t mean its not a good one and this will be a championship site very soon. LOL

  • Jon

    Who moved my cheese!

  • SirCub

    I get that after a few balls fly by your head, you’re gonna be agitated. But the one that set him off was a breaking ball that got away from Ramirez. Obviously unintentional, and you’d think that a catcher would know that better than any.

  • ShootTheGoat

    Love the site!

  • Darth Ivy

    I’ve never seen a team complain as much as the cards, in any sport

    • mjhurdle

      You should have heard the Blues fans whining after getting spanked by the Hawks.

      I think the self-righteous, whiny attitude is just the norm here for the locals in STL.

    • calbert40

      For the next couple of weeks, it will be the Heat.

  • HeadAndHeart

    Olt’s not in the lineup. Hopefully the game gets rained out.

  • Ryan

    Long time reader, first time poster, and I think the site looks great! Awesome job Brett. Keep up the good work.

  • Tommy Meyers

    Loving the new commenting system! It’s really hard to believe how self-righteous the entire city of St. Louis is. I mean, have you tried their pizza??

    • mjhurdle

      Imo’s is an insult to pizza.

  • Jonathan Gregoire

    Working? What are the up/down arrow a for to the left of the reply button?

    • mjhurdle

      lets you show if you agree/disagree with a post.

      kind of a ‘thumbs up/down’ thing.

      • DarthHater

        I’m down voting this comment. Just because.

        • ssckelley

          down vote this comment x3 (beats the up votes)

          • DarthHater

            Fail. 😛

      • calbert40

        Unfortunately, Disqus recently change its settings, so no one can see how many down votes a comment gets. So, you can down vote something, but only you will know. Pretty lame.

        • ssckelley

          DAMMIT!!!! I was looking forward to trolling people using the down votes.

        • J. L.

          I was finding it weird that people were being so nice in this early going…

        • DarthHater

          If you up-vote your own comments, you will be publicly shamed.

  • Cizzle

    Brett, did you have to get approval from the Rooftops for the Bleacher Nation signage in the Ivy?

    • DarthHater

      Hansman actually did that by pissing on the ivy.

      • HeadAndHeart

        Hansman owns the ivy now. It’s Catlaw.

        • DarthHater

          • HeadAndHeart

            Catlaw. If you piss on something you own it. Everyone knows that.

          • DarthHater

            Lawyer cat objects to double image posting

  • ssckelley

    So did we lose Kyle in this transition?

    • J. L.

      His comments are just getting so many thumbs down so fast that Disqus automatically hides them before most of us can get to read them.

      • DarthHater


        • Kyle Mayhugh

          As if Cubs fandom wasn’t a big enough circlejerk already.

          OK, last one. From now on I’m whoring for upvotes and posting what people want to here.

          • DarthHater

            You can start by spelling “hear” correctly. See (and use) edit feature.

          • J.L.

            People want “hear” spelled correctly. 😀

            • Kyle Mayhugh

              It makes sense with “here” as well. I’ll pretend I meant it that way.

      • Kyle Mayhugh

        That gets an upvote

    • http://www.bleachernation.com/ Brett Taylor

      Nope. He’s only dropped a couple comments, though.

    • Kyle Mayhugh

      You wish.

      • HeadAndHeart

        Your comments are meaningless without a logic fist punching them up.

      • college_of_coaches

        What HeadAndHeart said. Do you honestly expect us to take a generic picture of an egg seriously?

  • http://tootblan.tumblr.com TOOTBLAN

    I’d be willing to bet the Cardinals – and the Brewers – are involved in more of these than any other team.

  • jh03

    Just trying to see if this account works…

  • mjhurdle

    ESPN 1000 going nuts over the wrong picture in the mural. Re-hashing the tragedy of throwing away a used cake, bemoaning this picture thing, and generally just losing their minds.
    Can’t believe anyone would get that upset over a wrong picture.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    too bad the rules are different today. gibson drysdale or marichal would have hit molina on the next pitch. nowadays so many batters could captain the olympic diving team because they dive in to the pitch,if the pitch is a little up and in they act like they were being thrown at.RIDICULOUS.