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2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

Chris Carpenter is also good at hockey


You know those guys that are naturally good at sports? They’re just like me and you…except they’re tall, in shape, super coordinated and rarely trip while walking.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is one of those guys. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, he’s blessed with the type of physique and natural athletic ability to make it far in baseball, which he has.

And he might’ve made it far in hockey as well.

Carpenter skated with the St. Louis Blues this afternoon, just six days after being the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.

According to NHL.com, Carpenter has a pretty rich hockey history:

When he was 16, Carpenter was an all-state defenseman for Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H. He was an all-stater his last three seasons in high school, and scouts from the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were checking to see if he had an interest in pursuing hockey on a full-time basis.

Carpenter chose baseball instead.

“It was always a dream to do that (play hockey), but I think I chose the right route,” said Carpenter, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 15 pick in 1993. “Hockey made you much tougher, I know that. Growing up playing hockey made me much tougher than baseball would have. It’s a tougher sport, funner sport. I enjoy it a lot.”

The Blues certainly enjoyed having Carpenter at practice. Injured forward David Perron was tweeting up a storm, informing followers that Carpenter was “snapping pucks around” and that “his baseball skills came out when he batted one out of the air in the net.”

Here’s video of Carpenter during today’s skate:

So yeah, Chris Carpenter is pretty good at baseball and hockey. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled not being good at any sports.

Tony La Russa will drop the puck at “Cardinals Night with the Blues”

File image of St. Louis Cardinals manager La Russa reacts after his team defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

On Friday, the St. Louis Blues will host the Vancouver Canucks at the Scottrade Center in what’s being called “Cardinals Night with the Blues.

In case the name didn’t give it away, “Cardinals Night with the Blues” is a chance for St. Louis fans to celebrate the local baseball team, which recently won a big match or something. (*Jokes*)

There are several initiatives planned for the game, including:

— Mezzanine Level tickets for $11.11. This is in honor of the Cardinals winning their 11th World Championship in 2011. Imagine if the Phoenix Coyotes had tried this when the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first World Series in 2001.

— The chance to honor Game 7 winner Chris Carpenter’s No. 29 jersey with a Plaza Level ticket for just $29. So, who’s gonna be the cheapskate that shows up in a No. 3 Ryan Theriot jersey, claiming it’s to honor his 0-for-5 effort in the finale?

— Fans wearing Cardinals gear at the game can visit concession stands for buy one, get one free hot dogs. I can just see the potential confusion here. “Sir, that’s an Arizona Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s a Louisville Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s an actual cardinal. We’re calling animal control.”

— Recently-retired manager Tony La Russa will be in attendance to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The Blues website says that other “Cardinals guests” will also be in attendance — wonder if one of them will be World Series MVP David Freese who, according to CBC’s Gord Stellick, is a big hockey fan that grew up idolizing former Blues defenseman Al MacInnis. (MacInnis is now a member of the Blues’ front office.)

If the Blues are going to have a bad game, tonight’s the night to do it

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If the St. Louis Blues want to have their most embarrassing game of the year tonight in Calgary against the Flames, they’ve got all the motivation in the world to do so. With Game 7 of the World Series taking place at Busch Stadium in St. Louis tonight, just who is going to be watching the Blues drop the puck an hour later?

Having to compete with a Game 7 in any sport, be it baseball, basketball, or hockey is virtually unfair. It’s the ultimate game of the season and one with all the marbles riding on it. St. Louis is one of the best baseball towns in America and asking the rebuilding Blues to hold a candle to that is like getting in a fist fight with a boxer while both hands are tied behind your back.

At the very least, the Blues are spared from having a home game tonight. Imagine having to play a hockey game the same night your team is in a potential World Series title-clinching game. The Blues haven’t had problems drawing fans while the World Series has gone on, but the same can’t be said in Dallas as the Stars drew just 8,443 to American Airlines Arena against the Kings last night going up against Game 6 of the Series.

So which would you rather do if given the chance? Would you rather watch your baseball team potentially win a World Series or go to your hockey team’s home game? Give us a vote in the poll or let us know in the comments.