The Heyward departure really seemed to do a number on the psyche of this fan base.
It used to be assumed that every player who came here would automatically want to stay.
But since Heyward proved that was not the case, it's as if the guys who came here and decided to stay have been wiped, Men in Black style, from the memory banks.
No other player will ever come on a one-year deal and want to stay again, because of Heyward.
As if Holliday, Rolen, Edmonds were dinosaurs from a different time.
The truth, as always, is probably somewhere in the middle.
St. Louis is too far from its last championship to bank on being a no-brainer.
It can't even guarantee it is the best team in the division.
It can still win a one-year player over -- if it does not expect a hometown discount.