posted on February 06, 2013 09:41
Happy Wednesday folks, even though it's hard to celebrate knowing our favorite Carpenter is all but done doing what we love seeing him do.
In no particular order, here's what the guys with the Birds on the Bat are saying:
Trevor Rosenthal: “It’s a shock. He’s a tough guy. He never complained about anything. … He looked good. Everyone knows what he means to this team. When Carp’s around, he’s our team leader. He has been in the past. I think he’ll continue to do that regardless of what his role is, whether he’s on the field or not.”
Derek Lilliquist: “We have seen this because we went through a lot of last year without Carp. There are a whole lot of tremendous accolades that I can (give) Carp and what he means. I also know that the guys can step up. We saw that. We just need to figure out which direction we’re going to go with it.”
Jason Motte: “Gonna miss 29 on the mound this year. What a competitor, teammate, leader, and friend most of all.”
@Pujols5: "Sad to hear the news of ChrisCarpenter and hoping for a quick recovery. Sending prayers to one of the toughest men in baseball."
John Mozeliak: “There’s no doubt when you lose a Chris Carpenter, you feel it. But. . . he wasn’t pitching for us last year. It doesn’t change much as how you look at 2013. You just know that (Carpenter) no longer is an option.”
Mike Matheny: “It was kind of a kick in the gut.”
Chris Carpenter: "I can’t throw. Every time I try, it just gets worse. The numbness and the ‘zingers’ are getting more frequent."
And then of course there's the byline, provided by history and stats. Chris Carpenter was money in the postseason. In 18 starts, he was 10-4 with a 3.00 ERA. In World Series starts, he was 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA.
And that is ultimately the Carpenter legacy. I would assume the majority of Cardinals fans would point to the 2011 postseason, NLDS Game 5 where he outlasted fellow ace and great friend Roy Halladay.
A few months after that fact, the two men went on a fishing trip in the Amazon.
Since going on the trip, Carpenter has pitched in just six games and his career is likely over.
Halladay had one of his worst seasons of his career in 2012. He battled through shoulder problems, pitched just 156 innings (the lowest amount since the 2005 season) and his 4.49 ERA was the highest on record since the 2000 season.
This begs the question ...
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED ON THE AMAZON!?
Following their fishing trip to the Amazon, the Huffington Post reported that Carpenter, Halladay and their fishing party saved a man who was naked in a tree who had been bit on the ass by an anaconda.
This aint no fish-tale:
According to Skeet Reese, the 2007 Bassmaster Angler of the Year and the 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion, that's sort of what happened. Earlier this month, Reese shared a wild tale from that fishing excursion deep into the jungles of South America in which the All-Star pitchers -- who were part of a larger group that also included Reese and former closer B.J. Ryan -- came across a local man shortly after a death-defying battle with an anaconda. The fishing party discovered the bare naked man perched in a tree near the river near a battered canoe.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
I wonder, though, did Carpenter and Halladay use their badass, bulldog mentality to swim through the Amazon, find the anaconda culprit and beat it to a bloody pulp?
I'd sure like to think so. That would explain why both men returned to the 2012 season in poor health.
You can bet Carpenter swam through the Amazon, found the anaconda, wrapped his body around it and constricted it until it could no longer breathe. Then he ripped it into pieces, threw it in a bag and grilled it over a campfire for all to enjoy.
That's Chris Carpenter for you.