Well, add if that's the standard.
I agree with the stance that if the Cardinals are pledging to their fans that they will be a winner -- and they are making that their selling point -- then Cardinals fans should, should only show up for a winner, yes. Baseball is in the roots here, so a cross-section of fans might just show up for the game, to enjoy the game. But the Cardinals sell contending, and fans should expect that. Seems fair.
The Cardinals can, yes. They are one of the teams that can do that without anything other than convincing the Rangers that they have the best offer.
So the Cardinals are -- let's say .... going to have to make a decision in the coming years with Yadier Molina. He will be eligible for the Cardinals Hall of Fame before he is eligible for the National Hall of the Fame. He'll zoom into the Hall by the fan vote, easy. It would make sense for his number to be retired by then too -- formally -- and that can correspond with a statue. However, Cooperstown isn't a certainty for Molina like it is for Pujols, and the Cardinals have wanted to keep retired numbers to HOF players. They tried to make that the loose, elastic standard for the wall. Molina will test that, because he'll romp into the team Hall and it would be odd for him to have such the career he's had, be the bedrock of this era, and see his number only unofficially retired, wink wink. A statue would come later, to your question.
A fair take on the uphill battle any team faces when its nostalgia is so rich. Don't have this problem in, say, Tampa Bay or Arizona.
Would fans embrace that? There's evidence they would. Ownership wouldn't, they say.
It's not just the weightlifting and all that it's ... wait for it ... the language. One of the main reasons you're hearing about more oblique injuries than ever is because 20 years ago they weren't called oblique injuries. They were called side aches or something like that. Torso injuries. It's the same thing I've seen in my time in St. Louis with what used to be called a groin strain that wasn't in the groin. Then it was a "hockey hernia," and now it's a "sports hernia," and really all along it was a tearing of the abdominal wall that caused pain near the groin and that's why it was wrongly called a groin injury. Doesn't mean there are less groin strains before or more sports hernias, it just means we're better at identifying the different. The language changed. The tech did, too. And so here we are.
I'm hesitant. Especially with the instant-gratification culture. Those kind of deals imply some level of patience, and that may not show up in 2019. That may not show up in September. It took Houston and the Cubs each five years to turnaround from tank to title. Got that kind of patience? It's been nine years since the Yankees won a title, and they went a good three meandering a bit. You good with that? I'm skeptical that the vocal group of the fan base would settle for that.
Again, I'm skeptical. This reeks of the Backup Quarterback Fixation. You want the tank because you haven't seen how painful it is. You think you'll have hope, but that first hint of a 100-loss season or two, how much hope will there be then? More than you had when Jordan Hicks was storming toward the majors, or Jack Flaherty? Isn't that the kind of hope you're talking about? Hope on an idea or hope or a prospect that hasn't failed yet?
You can't lose if you don't give up any runs. Game might go on forever, but for sure you will not lose. Start there. Strong pitching, reliable starting pitching, and a varied bullpen needs a good defense to make it Ziploc tight. These days, there is an abundance of offense out there, and there are many ways to score for an athletic team. Prevent runs and a team that is gifted defensively will have ways to generate runs, too. That's just me.
Movies. Dinners. Direct TV to see other teams. Sports is entertainment. The Cardinals aren't just competing with independent league baseball teams for your dollar, they are competing with any other source of entertainment.
That's not a measure of effort then. It's poor decision making. I'm not sure you have this one covered.
Point of information, it took the Cubs 108 years. It took the Astros THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR EXISTENCE. I move for summary judgment.
Jose Martinez, as Rick Hummel will attest, is better at 1B than he is at the positions you mentioned.
I was taking into account age, contract status, all that stuff, and the position he played. And I'm not sure that I said he would grade out the highest -- just one of the highest. Hard to imagine a team out there that would have its internal metrics spit out the best player in baseball is someone other than Mike Trout. The team that has metrics like that needs to fix its metrics. But Arenado comes out well, and internally the Cardinals have long felt he was an impact, all-around, elite player.
He sure does look more comfortable, and he's ahead in the count. And what really seems to stand apart is his breaking ball, his slider. That wasn't working for him, and now it's setting up off other pitches. That's the difference for him, and while three outings does not a week or month make, it's at least a start. Tiptoe optimistically.
Better chance of getting a Hulk.