June 17: Royals (28-35) @ Cardinals (34-32)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

I’m sure if I go back through the years of Father’s Day cards that I have written, I has scriblled the same few phrases over and over. Thanking my Dad for showing me how to live and love to the fullest. Thanking my Dad for his unconditional support and encouragement. Telling Dad that there are few that I admire more, few that could be a better model in my life.

Sure, I may rehash those same thoughts from time to time. But I can only hope that Dad knows that I mean them every time.

While I certainly thank my father for instilling in me a love of baseball, an appreciation of sport and a critical eye for writing, I hope he knows that I am thankful for so much more. So to my Dad, as well as the rest of you fathers out there, enjoy your day. And know that even if your kids don’t always know the right words to say, there is an appreciation there that shouldn’t always need words to be felt and understood.

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In an effort to tie in Father’s Day and baseball into the same blog entry, perhaps this would be an ideal time to transition into this piece. A thank you to Matt Carpenter and his father, Rick, for spending some time talking about their unique father-son relationship.

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And one follow-up note from yesterday’s triple play-that-wasn’t (which you can read in detail here). For those who might not have seen me mention it on Twitter yesterday, this wasn’t the first time that Mike Matheny has been involved in the reversal of a triple play. He was in the middle of something similar as a player. And in the ironic twist, Kerwin Danley — who was behind home plate and the center of Matheny’s frustration yesterday — was involved in that other reversal, too.

The year was 2003, and you can read about that situation here.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Daniel Descalso (2B)
  2. Carlos Beltran (CF)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (RF)
  5. David Freese (3B)
  6. Matt Adams (1B)
  7. Tyler Greene (SS)
  8. Tony Cruz (C)
  9. Adam Wainwright (RHP)

ROYALS LINEUP:

  1. Alex Gordon (LF)
  2. Chris Getz (2B)
  3. Eric Hosmer (1B)
  4. Jeff Francoeur (RF)
  5. Mike Moustakas (3B)
  6. Alcides Escobar (SS)
  7. Humberto Quintero (C)
  8. Jarrod Dyson (CF)
  9. Luis Mendoza (RHP)

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