Great question, and I apologize for not having more intel on that front. All I know is that the ownership group has sent documents to the league outlining multiple tentative commitments from those interested in sponsoring. Some of those are smaller-scale sponsorships. Nothing is finalized that I know of, and I don't have the names.
Yep. Don't think we will see any six-goal games in this one, and the Blues will be in trouble if they do, because they'll likely be on the wrong end of it.
Yes, that is my understanding. I think the best way to explain it, and I'll admit to not being an expert on the exact specifics of the relationship, is that it will be a tier of the MLS team. Similar to an affiliate. Ideally, a city's MLS team should be able to be traced from the top MLS level down to affiliated youth leagues, with rungs in between. FC would be the rung closest to MLS. Now, does mean FC "becomes" the MLS team? Kind of but also not kind of. There will be much debate about colors and nicknames, etc, but I think it's an assumption to predict branding and things of that nature will match. We'll see.
I've been enjoying Berry Tramel vs. Russ Westbrook more than anything.
I just gave you the numbers, my man. You see what you want to see.
That guy who walks between high-rises on dental floss without a net beneath, and that's about it.
Well played. Now, play Dallas.
Sure, I'm concerned. He's got a 7.04 ERA and as many hits allowed (10) as strikeouts. He's hit two guys and coughed up four homers in just 7.2 innings. That's quite concerning. His groundball rate has dropped by almost 20 percent from last season. After needing about 15 pitches per inning between 2014-17, now he's averaging about 22 pitchers per inning. These numbers are concerning. The good news, if there is some, is that his velocity is not down. That would be an even bigger red flag than the ones we've mentioned. It's just location and feel, it seems. With his age (33) you worry, but you worry a lot more if his velocity is dropping. Concerned, though. Yes.
I have. 2022 is the plan.
This discussion came up again in the Cardinals press box last night. Mike Smith, online editor here and one of the official scorers, made a great point. Full disclosure: Mike was not the official scorer during the game we are talking about here. But anyway, he made this observation: Don't forget the fielder, in this case Fowler, was on a dead sprint toward a wall. Mike's stance was that he would have had it as a hit if it bounced in, so it can't be an error just because it bounced out. Whether Fowler caught it or not, that was not an easy play. Had to cover a lot of ground, and the wall adds difficulty. I thought the point about the wall was a good one. And Mike knows more about making those decisions than anyone here, myself included. Certainly, it can be debated. That's why the discussion is going on days later. I think it was the right call.
Ha! That is absolutely the best description. I think he was even yelling at his own teammates that game. While entertaining for us, I think he would prefer a more controlled approach. But great memory, and great scene.
The Internet is a strange place sometimes. The fans at the stadium have been overwhelmingly supportive of Fowler, and he went out of his way to thank them for sticking with him during his post-game interview on the field after last night's game. Important to point out the good, and to remember that the Internet is not real life.
I'll take a wildcard here. Trump. And I mean this in a 100 percent anti-political sense. Imagine if he just started dropping #STLBlues trash talk in his Twitter rants about the Mueller Report. Plus, he knows Missouri. he said we have great football teams -- when Mizzou was in shambles after the strike and the Rams had left for Los Angeles.
Correct. Let it rip. And maybe, just maybe (accidentally) aim at the opposing bench once or twice a game. OK, kidding But yes to shooting hard as often as possible. No one wants to get in front of that, and you might not be getting in front of another one this postseason if you do. It sounds violent, but we're talking about a sport where guys don't get their teeth replaced until after the season is over, because you might lose it again.
You mention two guys, in addition to Ponce, who are giving the Cardinals confidence that answers can come from within if this rotation does not snap into shape. Woodford was the quiet surprise of spring. Mozeliak is really high on him. Alex Reyes and Carlos Martinez are working their way back. The case for the Cardinals to add a top-level starter was there this offseason, and it very well could be there again at the trade deadline. They are hoping one emerges, but so far the case stands.