St. Louis Cardinals defeat Florida Marlins, 4-2

In that crazy, mixed-up, slightly goofy, occasionally entertaining, but always fascinating alternative baseball universe where Brendan Ryan dwells, life often can be a delightful walk on the wild side.

The flighty Cardinals shortstop embodies one of baseball's everlasting traditions: the quirky but lovable clubhouse cutup.

"You know how every team has at least one crazy guy?" Albert Pujols told a recent group of visitors as they strolled through the Cardinals clubhouse ...