Still waiting for the big boys to show up, Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday. Between the two of them they make up about 1/3rd of the entire Cardinals payroll. Position players aren't required to report to Jupiter until Monday, and will have their first workout on Tuesday. Pujols, Holliday, Julio Lugo and Brendan Ryan remain the only players on the roster not in camp now.
One of the more interesting players in camp is a pitcher named Charlie Zink. He was signed as a free agent after playing last season in Boston. Zink is a knuckleball pitcher. The Cardinals haven't had one of those in a long time. Barney Schultz was a knuckler in the 1960's. I can't think of any since then. Zink told me one of the reasons he signed with the Cardinals is because he wanted to play in the National League where he'd had a chance to hit. He says he was a big time hitter in high school and can't wait to see how he'd do against major league pitching. He's a guy who would have to considered a longshot to make the final roster unless he really has a great spring. He can start and relieve, and says he can pitch about every other day if they needed him to. Most teams aren't really interested in knuckleballers anymore because it causes problems for the catchers. But the Cardinals have decided to give Charlie Zink a shot, and it'll be interesting to see if can make the team and give the bullpen a totally different kind of weapon.
I've been in Florida for four days now and I've been told three times that I look just like the actor John Lithgow. I've gotten that many times over the years, but it's becoming more frequent now. Total strangers come up to me and tell me I look just like Lithgow. I walked past a lady in the hotel the other day and she said to her husband "hey, I think that guy's a movie star". Her husband said "who is it?", and she said "I think that's John Lithgow". Then a few seconds later she said "No, probably not. He wouldn't be staying in this hotel". I think she had that right.