There seems to be a surge of momentum in favor of Matt Adams winning a spot on the Cardinals roster. Adams, a big-time power prospect, is limited by his ability to play only one position --first base. But with regular first baseman Allen Craig capable of playing both left and right fields to provide occasional relief for Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran, there seems to be enough at-bats available for Adams to make an offensive impact. If Adams doesn't secure a spot, the Cardinals could go with an extra middle infielder to provide depth behind Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma and Matt Carpenter. That decision, along with settling on who will be the fifth starter, is about all that remains to be decided at Camp Jupiter.
Beautiful day in Florida, the best of the week by far as the temperature climbed to 74 and the wind wasn't quite as strong. As I headed from the media room to the pressbox before the game, I unexpectedly ran into a familiar face. Okawville High boys basketball coach Jon Kraus was at Roger Dean Stadium and it was good to connect on a variety of topics for a few minutes. It took me a moment to recognize Jon; he was wearing a Cardinals cap and I never expected to see him anywhere but a metro-east gymnasium.
On to the food review. Friday night found News-Democrat photographer Steve Nagy and I at the casual and wildly popular Thirsty Turtle in nearby Juno Beach. We both ordered the special, and while neither one of us can recall the name of it, we were pleased with our selection. It was a concoction of shrimp, scallops and mahi-mahi cooked in a tomato cajun broth and dumped over linguini. We left soon after the two-man band began.
-- David Wilhelm