Here's the thing -- Yes, some of those things indeed happened. But the skipper has also pushed a lot of the right buttons too. NO, this ain't Tony La Russa. But we're all prone to glossing over any success and only tallying up the bad stuff. But the biggest thing is this -- if he loses the team, nothing else matters. We see it in sports all the time. The smartest coaches lose the locker room and then lose their job. That's why the Yadi stuff is eye-catching.
Definitely! And I've always enjoyed talking with Girsch. He's got the traits you'd want -- passion, intellect, a strong work-ethic and being unafraid to think outside the box about baseball. Of course, these days, all the teams have fellas that have these similar traits. That's why building awesomeness is so tough. But yeah, I'm happy Girsch will be around, and looking forward to seeing his fingerprints more on the big league roster.
Very true. It's not like Yelich and Ozuna suddenly became undesirable to the Cardinals, just because they weren't available at the trade deadline. Crushes are crushes -- they don't just go away easily.
Great Q, and I'd have to say, in regards to the ceilings, Pisco is 1, Sierra is 2, and dang it if I still want to put Grichuk high up there at 3, because of that alluring power. But ol Randal has sure let me down and made me look bad the past two seasons. Bader 4.
Because Gray is cost-controlled and awesome, and the Cards have other outfield prospects (and the winter to find another OF if need be), I would have praised a Piscotty and Weaver-or-Flaherty for Gray trade.
Oh very nice, this is a fun one. I suppose I gotta go with Martin -- especially if Jontay and Tilmon don't go to the NBA after 2017-2018 (that's of course assuming that Jontay indeed agrees to reclassify and play for next year's team). Martin is building something special. So I'll rank the four guys in regards to most-success in five years, and throw in a fifth: Travis Ford at SLU. 1. Martin 2. Ford 3. Lovie 4. Odom 5. Underwood
But they didn't necessarily do nothing -- keeping Lynn was a "something." They could've dumped him somewhere for some prospects. Instead, they'll at least remain competitive in 2017 from a starting pitching standpoint. But I hear what you're saying.
The Dexter situation is interesting. He's no longer very talkative with the media -- or perhaps was just over-talkative during spring training, and now has drifted back into regular mode. We all fancy ourselves psychologists when it comes to sports. Yes, admittedly, it's part of our jobs with the local paper. But we always have to remember that we don't know eeeeverything. But here's what we do know with Fowler: There are times he doesn't show full energy, he's hitting poorly, he's been injury riddled, he's on a worse team and he just completed one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history, was on the top of the world, a hero, SNL appearances ... and now he's stuck in a frustrating season here. It is amazing though -- admittedly, we all thought he was the solution to the Cards issues. Four months later, some worry that he's impeding the success.
He did start acting super-weird. And I'm not against trading Carson -- but it better be for a proven stud.
If the team goes any lower that 5 games, I can see an attendence drop for sure. As I tweeted this week, in the ninth-inning Sunday, a 1-run game and a sunny not-hot day, the stands were just speckled with fans. It was an odd look. And of course, in the final series of 2016, with the Wild Card still a possibility, the fans didn't come out. So maybe STL has a good road trip against two reeling teams (MIL and CIN) and then there's excitement and the Royals in town too. But yeah, I'd be worried.
I love the optimism. And I'm still hoping I can get the gig as King George for Hamilton in STL.
And you didn't mention SLU basketball! I think Goodwin and friends will be fun to watch!
I do however think it's a nice complement to Master P's ya herrrrd me
OK I gotta run, thank you all for chattin, and I'll see you all NEXT TUES at 11 am central!!