News from the Cardinals

Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are pushing the federal government to make Opening Day a national holiday. A petition on WhiteHouse.gov will get a review from the Obama administration if it gets 100-thousand signatures. Anheuser-Busch will promote it.

The Cardinals and pitcher Carlos Martinez are doing damage control after some embarrassing "favorite" tweets went viral. Martinez's page of tweets contained dozens of pornographic photos and links. The team says Martinez and the team were spoken to about social media policies.

Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will visit Doctor James Andrews today for a second opinion on his shoulder. Garcia has had recent pain and stiffness while recovering from surgery. Cards GM John Mozeliak says more information should be available later today.

The Cardinals open up Grapefruit League play on Friday afternoon against the Marlins in Jupiter. The two teams share the facility and Roger Dean Stadium, and will also play Saturday afternoon. The Redbirds will close out the weekend by hosting the Mets in Jupiter on Sunday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

6 days 16 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Washington Senior Softball Player Megan Freitag. Megan is a four year starter in center field and is rock solid with the glove as she made several diving catches throughout her career. Megan is also good with the bat. She hit third in the lineup and finished as the career leader in home runs at Washington High School with 10. She has always been a very good student maintaining an "A" average.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

6 days 16 hours ago

If you want to get someone's attention, whisper. That old investment brokerage ad is the opposite of what is going on regarding shootings in Ferguson and Tower Grove. When people threaten violence or blankly label one as a racist, it's very hard to listen. The same holds true for those who sum up the plight of impoverished black communities as "that's how those people are."

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

THE BLACK & WHITE ISSUES OF FERGUSON - 10/13/2014 - 11:06am
STRIKING ISIS IN SYRIA - 09/23/2014 - 6:00am
IN REMEMBRANCE OF LEXI JONES - 09/08/2014 - 11:32am

SPORTS CORNER

8 hours 4 min ago

Austin Davis threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns to help the Rams sink the Super Bowl champion Seahawks 28-26 from the Edward Jones Dome. Stedman Bailey returned a punt 90 yards for a TD while Tre Mason rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game slide. Benjamin Cunningham and Lance Kendricks each hauled in a TD pass.