Only in the sense that they like the team they have, and if he wants to play what is he going to be like if he doesn't get to play? How is that fair to him or to the clubhouse?
There have been times when the Cardinals have started season as a team that plays well on the field and is searching for who it is in the clubhouse. The 2011 team was a bit like that. It had a sense of who it wanted to be and Berkman and Theriot were a part of that, but who it became needed those midseason moves for the chemistry to really crackle, and yes that came with winning, too. I think back to the 2013 team. That team played well and had and had strong identity. That came from having a Carlos Beltran in the mix, and the team harmonizing its returning defining players with Beltran.
To me, this team knows who it is -- enjoys the chemistry it has -- maybe as early as any team I've covered. That could be because it's the first team I've covered where it's all at a distance, and it's hard to see those interactions in the clubhouse, or on the field, and so much of what makes a team is lost to us at this moment, so we're relying on the eyeballs of others to tell us, not our own. That said, I also think it has to do with Arenado.
He's a great fit. He's Ball Talk, personified. And, like Beltran, that harmonizes with the people already in place, and he's a force multiplier for chemistry. When the Cardinals start playing like him -- and you already see some of the young players mimicking him -- then they've got quite a team.
I know that's more than you asked, but it seemed like the time to say it.