I do not long for a return to small ball, sorry. If I've given that impression, I apologize. I am a fan of damage and quality baseball. I like great defense and strong fundamentals, and a team that do a little bit of everything. Home runs are great. Steals are awesome. A great defensive play is the best. To me, that's not small ball. That's just quality ball. I would like to see more balls in play for fielders to make plays, not because I long for bunts and stuff that are the hallmarks of small ball.
Here's my thing: Some of the greatest athletes to play baseball ever are playing baseball right now -- right this moment -- so why isn't the game more entertaining? Why aren't games constant showcases for this athleticism?
It's the NHL where there was the left-wing lock and clutching and grabbing and this great era of skaters was slowed down, bogged down in the middle of the ice, and couldn't let their talents get to full speed.
I wanted the Padres-Dodgers and some of these other games over the past weekend -- including Phillies-Rockies -- and there is such amazing talent in the game.
I just want the ice to be open so we can see the talent skate.
That doesn't have to be small ball.
Also, the Cardinals aren't a small-market team. Their fans make big-market spending possible. They can get out and get the best talent, and should. Arenado is one of the best all-around players in the league, in the game, and they can get that kind of talent, and fans should expect them to do so.