I could not disagree with your premise more strongly.
Weird. I haven't moved from the seat since the chat started. God forbid I take the time to give someone an answer that they deserve. I'll take your concern into account.
Absolutely it is. Often in spring training. And, yes, it runs both positive and critical of the union's stance -- but never of the union in general. They recognize that the union has created the salaries and lifestyle they have, and that players before them gave up seasons to make that possible. Players are advocates for the union, but they all talk about the moves and negotiations that the union make just like you or I would.
Endgame, of course. Who isn't? It's a cultural event.
Imminently. And weekly from Jupiter.
Only if they punch me, I guess. That would not be ideal. I'm rarely recognized. I am decidedly nondescript. Or so I've been told. I've also been told, years ago by a long-gone TV person here in St. Louis, that I don't "rate." Whatever that means. I would guess it means being recognized at the grocery.
Now, since someone brought it, I do need to step away for a brief moment to make a phone call. Won't take long.
I agree with this premise, yes. A good hitter hits. Carpenter is a good hitter. Ideally getting him at-bats in that No. 2 spot makes a lot of sense because he's an OPS hitter who cranks out doubles and if there's a strong OBP ahead of him, that's a run. That makes sense for a team
Flattery will get you on the board -- almost as much as being caustic will! I would put the chances are pretty good, whatever that is, better than 60 percent? It's not a lock. But the Cardinals have an edge, and I think with time that edge will grow. If they compete like they expect and they have the clubhouse culture like they expect and they do have a read on what it will take like opponents suggest they do, then I think we'll see it get to a point where it's inevitable that Goldschmidt will stick around.
I cannot. I did not have that conversation with him. So I'll leave it to him to explain.
Yadier Molina. He represents the most significant gap between what he provides and his backup. He has the largest gap over his replacement on the roster.
Great. The Cardinals haven't had one strikeout yet!
Here is what I know, and what I have reported: When it comes to Bryce Harper's interest as a free agent, the Cardinals should not discount his fondness for what they could offer by worrying about being a smaller market, or for lacking the buzz of say the Dodgers or Cubs or whatever. He has an appreciation for the Cardinals, for the crowds, and for the history -- and that was part of the sales pitch that Boras was going to give to the Cardinals ownership about Harper. That is all been confirmed, all reported. He has been complimentary about the atmosphere at Busch before on social media and in interviews.
They certainly have internally. I don't know if they set things up with the Giants for a later conversation. That would be ... odd. They did have trade talks with the Giants about two lefty relievers, and possibly about Jose Martinez going to the Bay Area. But the Cardinals definitely had interest in two lefty relievers that the Giants had -- before they signed Miller.
We're headed toward one. May not be lengthy. That's hard to tell.
I think there are ways to get better production than Kluber that won't cost you Hudson. That's all. That could just be me. But why not keep Hudson and spend on pitching? Makes more sense.
The chats aren't secret. As I mentioned to someone on Twitter today -- it's not like my work is hard to fine. Everything I write has my name on it, and is, by design, there for readers to read. You are welcome to check back and use my words against me any time. You won't be the first.
He's a human being. He doesn't have a leash.
I recently watched The Shining at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park -- in Room 217, known there as the Stephen King suite. Seriously. Go pick up a copy of the book, and you'll see Room 217 on the cover. That's where I had a chance to stay, and The Shining was on Netflix so I watched it in that setting. Creepy, sure. But it wasn't crazy scary. "Wait Until Dark" is an unnerving movie, and one of the scariest I've ever seen.