Season Record: 97-65 Standing: 1st
Attendance: 3,011,216 Manager: Tony LaRussa
Opening day Lineup: (St. Louis: 10, Colorado: 2, Home, April 1st)
2B – Fernando Vina
3B - Placido Palonco
RF - J.D. Drew
LF - Albert Pujols
CF - Jim Edmonds
SS - Edgar Renteria
1B - Tino Martinez
C - Mike Difelice
P – Matt Morris
All Stars: (All-Star game summary) Gold Glove Winners:
Edgar Renteria Fernando Vina
Awards: Silver Sluggers:
Tony LaRussa - Manager of the Year
Scott Rolen Scott Rolen - NL Player of the week - Sep 22nd Edgar Renteria
MVP Albert Pujols (2nd) Rookie of the Year
Jason Simontacchi (tied for 9th)
Games I attended this season:
Date Game # Opponent Score Seat Price 5/4 14 Braves 3-2 W Terrace Reserved $18 5/5 15 Braves 4-2 L Terrace Reserved $18 5/18 20 Reds 7-3 L Terrace Reserved $18 6/20 34 Angels 3-2 L Terrace Reserved $18 7/27 51 Cubs 7-3 L Terrace Reserved $18
Tyler's 8th B-Day 4-H Day
2002 Team Info.(from Baseball-Reference.com) 2002 League Stats (from Baseball-Reference.com)
- LaRussa on the loss of Kile
- Ozzie HOF Bio
2002 National League Central Division Champions!!!!
National League Championship Series:
StL: 1 San Fransisco: 4
National League Division Series:
StL: 3 Arizona: 0
Tuesday, 10/1 - Cards: 12 D'Backs: 2 (at Arizona) (Game recap)
Thursday, 10/3 - Cards: 2 D'Backs: 1 (at Arizona) (Game recap)
Saturday, 10/5 - Cards: 6 D'Backs: 3 (in St.Louis) (Game recap)
What an incredible, unbelievable year! To think of all the things that happened to the team this year and then even expect them to compete for the post-season is truly amazing. 97 wins!!! WOW!
To all those ready for Tony to take a hike, let me say; if the offense would have done their part the Cards would have been in the Series, period. No ifs, ands, maybes, or buts.... The offense didn't show up and you or I or even Whitey couldn't have done any better.
I think this year's post-season is a bit different for me than past. Yes, they were expected to win the division, but somehow I feel they still have surpassed everyone's expectations. To me, there should be no bitter taste, no complaining about what should have been, only a satisfaction that they went as far as they did.
Remember in spring training when everyone thought we had too much pitching? It just goes to show that you can never, ever, have too much pitching.
If Tony LaRussa doesn't win Manager of the Year, and Walt Jocketty doesn't win Executive of the Year someone should investigate!?!?! To hold the team together when everything around him was falling apart indicates Tony's ability to lead and his strength as a person. Then, in the midst of chaos, Walt comes along and scores Scott Rolen, it's simply unthinkable.
Let's get ready for 2003!
2002 Report Card:
On July 28th, down 9-4 in the bottom of the 9th to the rival Cubs, the Cardinals score six runs in the inning capped by an Edgar Renteria 3-run home run. The comeback came on the same day Ozzie Smith was inducted to the Hall of Fame.
On August 6th, Scott Rolen made his home debut. Rolen was traded for on July 29th, with the Cardinals giving up Placido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith.
On August 31st, Rick Ankiel hits a grand slam for a come-from-behind victory that made Tony LaRussa the winningest manager in franchise history.
The Cards sign their first native born Japanese, So Taguchi.
Enos "Mad Dash/Country" Slaughter passes away.
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(Tell me your highlights from 2002!)
NL Division: Cardinals over Diamondbacks (3-0) NL Championship: Giants over Cardinals (4-1)
World Series: Angles over Giants (4-3)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/28/2002
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/29/2002
- USA Baseball Weekly - 6/2002
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