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It’s almost time for baseball

We’re less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2017 baseball season… for some reason, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays get the honor of playing the very first game at 1:10 p.m. The marquee match-up of the day pits the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs against their St. Louis rivals at 8:35 p.m. (I doubt I will manage to stay up to watch the end of it.)

The game I’ve been looking forward to since Madison Bumgarner shut out the Mets last October 5th will happen on Monday as the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets kick off their 2017 campaigns. The Braves will be better as they begin their first year in a new stadium (let’s hope they’re still using it by the time the local taxpayers finish footing the bill.)

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Link: 29 Albert Pujols Cards You Won’t See In 2012 … And One You Just Might

Over the weekend, the graphic arts department at Beckett Media put together a selection of imaginary 2012 Topps Heritage-style baseball cards to let fans imagine what it might be like if Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis.

I suspect this will be our only opportunity to see Pujols in a New York Mets uniform… and unfortunately, it’s not even the proper 2012 design! 🙂

Where do you think Albert Pujols will play baseball next season?

Well, that didn’t take long…

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23)

David Freese (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

The St. Louis Cardinals won another World Series title last night, and when I woke up this morning I found emails offering me the opportunity to buy autographed souvenirs.

MAB Celebrity Services is offering pre-orders for photos and baseballs signed by manager Tony LaRussa with a “2011 WS Champs” inscription for between $99.99 and $129.99, depending on the item.

Steiner Sports is offering World Series baseballs signed by Albert Pujols ($499.99) and World Series MVP David Freese ($299.99).

If you’ve got deep pockets, they’d be perfect gifts for a Cardinals fan, I’m sure. 🙂