Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Back from a week's work at the old yard, this scribe feels compelled to inform the St. Louis baseball fan that coverage of the local nine might be a little different this year.

Reason: The Cardinals have a players' lounge.

A players' lounge is a dark, disreputable, horrible place, a scum pit that reeks of stale pizza, soggy pasta and bad jokes, a figurative hole in the clubhouse wall where, if he so chooses, the irresponsible player can hide like a sniveling rodent.

That's right, this unholy sanctuary, is . . . bite my tongue . . . "off limits to the media."

Keep in mind that the conscientious baseball scribe makes his postgame trip to the clubhouse because you, the baseball reader, is vastly more interested in what players have to say than what scribes have to say.

Keep in mind that you, the baseball reader who often becomes a baseball ticket-purchasing fan, are justified to expect as much. And keep in mind that the responsible player grasps this concept. He accepts that if he can endorse his sizable paycheck each week, he can be available to make some observations after the game.

Fortunately, this scribe has no reason to consider the Cardinals anything but a responsible bunch. Thus, he has no intention of addressing this subject again. Nor, will it be necessary.

Because, as the daily reports are filed and as postgame quotes are admitted or omitted, it will become certain to the baseball reader/ticket purchaser who is responsible and who is rodent.

Now, let's go to press . . .

Eye Drops:

Is there anyone in the St. Louis metropolitan area and greater bi-state region who might possibly be able explain to me what the heck BROCK HANKE is talking about?

Let's see now: The Blues have this incredible collection of talent, but they don't always play hard and they don't pay much attention to defense. . . . The Spirits of St. Louis are back!.

FRED McGRIFF is Crime Dog. TERRY McGRIFF is Yard Dog.

You have to take your hat off to LARRY SMITH.

Here's the difference between major-league baseball and the National Hockey League: Baseball plays early in the evening to accommodate television. …

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