Hard to say, considering he didn't much like to talk about it and when he did mostly just talked about how hard it was to hit. I'm sure the players were receiving a different message, but there was not much interest in sharing it.
Heck no. Demand two. The teams that win World Series these days have at least two. But is that second bat Ozuna beyond this year? That's a harder question. Pending free agent. Boras as agent. Disappointing 2018. Communication breakdowns regarding his shoulder and its treatment and recovery. Looking forward, it seems much would have to go right to make the Cardinals and Ozuna a marriage that decides to renew vows. That said, this is definitely a feel-good honeymoon phase at the moment. No denying that.
If so, he's hidden it well. I actually compliment the Blues for not messing with a good thing. I thought the Cardinals should have done the same with Shildt last season. When questioning the timing, I was told I was being superstitious. The what-if remains when it comes to what might have happened if the Cardinals would have continued to try to prove Shildt should be their manager moving forward instead of knowing he was. I guess I'm old-school in this thinking, but I do think some of this stuff matters. The Blues, like the Cardinals with Shildt, seem to know Berube is their guy. You have to think something will be formalized ASAP after the season -- if it has not been agreed to in principle already. If Berube is itching to go elsewhere after this season, then he's not the right guy for the job anyway. Keep the pedal down. Don't change a thing. Make extending Berube priority number one as soon as the season ends. And yes, he should be demanding more $ per win. That might be the only downside for the Blues, inviting competition from the outside.
Love and Fletcher are the names to know in our area. Mizzou is on them both. Considering they are AAU teammates, at least some have wondered if they are considering playing together at the next level. The "package deal" idea seems common among prospects, but it rarely pans out in reality. These are two players Mizzou must do everything in its power to land. You can't make a kid come, but certain ones demand every effort. Expect Martin and his staff to make the push. Coach K was just recently in town visiting the two. Competition will be tough.
The Blues. If they can just get hot, they can with this baby.
His ups and downs have been pretty well documented. He started slow, got hurt, wrestled with mental health issues, lost faith in a manger, etc. He healed, got back in the rhythm after significant time missed, and now is playing better, like we wondered if he ever could again. It's a lot more than how hard he trained.
Yes. I was riffing off of Doug Vaughn's often-used Blues phrase. Should have made that more clear.
I'll take Fowler and Ozuna. They play the heel at first, then become fan favorites and save the day.
Your friends are tough critics, and I'm on your side here. He hasn't been perfect, like the moments you mentioned, and he can certainly be a bit better in transition when the Blues don't have the puck, but he was a force in Game 3, creating with his speed, vision and hustle. He's 19. Tell your pals to lighten up.
Unless it changes, the projected reads Flaherty, Wacha and Wainwright.
All good. Fans are gonna fan. Interesting that the Dallas media saw the flop like we did. That pretty much confirms it.
Mizzou made it to the SEC championship game twice since entering the league. If you can get there, you have a chance to win it. Especially once Saban retires. He can't coach forever. I think. Is it realistic? No. Everything has to break Mizzou's way. Same as it always has been -- until a coach resets the ceiling.
Depends on what you can get. There are worse things than to have Allen as depth. He's been great in that role. Bought in. Has not pouted. But would that maintain for an entire other season. I'm sure he would like to be traded after this season, but the Blues won't and should not do it for peanuts. He should have helped his trade value by playing well -- but not as well as Binnington -- toward the end of the regular season.
Would not be surprised at all to see at some point.
It actually makes me more interested. Because if Mizzou wins, the story gets bigger. It becomes a national story line. If the Tigers can be in the hunt for an SEC title while a (wrongly placed) bowl ban hangs over their heads, that's great drama.
Of course. He's good at football.
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