Adam Wainwright has World Cup fever

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright showed up in the Cardinals’ clubhouse Sunday morning with a USMNT shirt and an American flag painted across his face. Via Joe Trezza of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

USA plays Portugal in Brazil this evening at 6 p.m. ET and can advance to the Round of 16 with a win.

Wainwright made his first start since being diagnosed with right elbow tendinitis on Saturday against the Phillies. He was dominant, fanning seven batters without issuing a walk over eight innings of one-run ball.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.