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

12 hours 56 min ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 6 days ago

CLICK THE ABOVE LINK TO HEAR OFF THE CUFF: ON DEMAND.

Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

14 hours 14 min ago

The Washington Post 218 Seniors are headed to state. Washington cruised through the zone 1 tournament capping off their run with a 14-9 win over Moberly in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Washington led by 10 into the bottom of the ninth. Matt Miller was the winning pitcher as Washington improved to 33-3 on the season. Ross Seitter, Aaron Meyer and Nate Hillermann all had two hits apiece. Washington banged out 14 as a team.