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For my fellow Yadi fans

Posted Friday, August 7, 2009, at 3:35 PM

Authoritative, no?
I know there are plenty of you out there who, like me, are big fans of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. (If you're ever at the same Cards game as me, I'll be one of the 4,000 or so twenty somethings wearing a Molina jersey.) You may or may not know that Yadi was is on the front cover of the current ESPN The Magazine looking quite authoritative.

The story was written by the granddaughter of Yogi Berra (assuming here that Lindsay is a girl), so you have to believe she had a little insight into the mind of catcher going in to preparing for and writing the story. For what it's worth, I would have enjoyed the story even if my love for Yadi was significantly less because it is well written.

My favorite line from the story, which you can read here, was actually a quote from Kyle Lohse:

"Last year, I shook Yadi off only four times," says Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse. "And I gave up three hits."

(How do we explain this year then? Yikes.)

I learned a few new things along the way as well. For example, I think Dave Duncan's theory that the reason Yadi is so good at calling games is because he did it growing up instead of than relying on a coach to call pitches from the dugout makes a lot of sense.

It reminded me of a game I covered a few weeks ago involving the Jackson Senior Babe Ruth team that just narrowly missed a regional title this week. I was surprised to learn that Jackson catcher Bret Steffens called every pitch of Garrett Fritsche's shutout and has been calling his own games for years. The two players couldn't stop giving each other enough credit for the performance with Fritsche saying he never shook Steffens off the entire game.

I'm really not sure how common or uncommon that is, but it is something to think about. Of course, something tells me Yadi would've been OK either way.

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Pujols is great.....but Yadi IS THE MAN!!!!!

It is so nice to see him finally get some of the recognition that he deserves. I think he will end up with several Gold Glove awards. What other pitching staff has the confidence to throw pitch after pitch into the ground the way Yadi calls for it knowing he will stop it. If he ends the season with twice as many passed balls as any other catcher, he will still be heads above the rest of the league due to the total pitches thrown in the dirt. AND....man I love seeing him throwout someone trying to steal or pick runners off first base. WOW! Great guy. Hope he is in St. Louis for years to come.

-- Posted by greer958 on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 3:30 PM

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Rachel Crader is the editor of semoball.com. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2009 before spending the summer covering the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Highlights from Rachel's days in college include having a class down the hall from Chase Daniel and having NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren hold the door open for her at Brady Commons, Mizzou's student center. She spent time covering Mizzou basketball, softball and baseball while working for the Columbia Missourian and is excited to return home to Southeast Missouri to cover local sports for semoball.com.

Rachel has covered three Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournaments for the Southeast Missourian and semoball.com, and she'll see you courtside again this year.