And I had such an answer for the question on spending for Cuban players. I will salvage it when I can. Please be patient. I'll start with some other questions though.
Training and repetition can make a muscle stronger, sure, but overuse makes anything tired and frayed --- a phone, a muscle, a timing belt or a tire, a reporter, an arm. I think we see a few examples every year of a pitcher missing some MPH with no DL injury but exhaustion or dead arm, whatever euphemism you want to use. That happens. Doesn't always happen on the biggest stage, and certainly now with so many immediate stats we can quantify it better than we could just a few years ago.
He did, to get his bat in the lineup. When he was a free agent there was a team that pursued him as a left fielder.
Then we took a wrong turn. I was promised St. Louis.
Can't see that happening unless this season goes upside down. Why not keep Oh instead of opening more needs that you apparently see that must be addressed? That seems easier, honestly.
Tell me who is healthy and who the Cardinals traded for and I'll tell you the odds. Slim today. Could be significant by August. It's not the role --- that is intriguing --- it's the room, the need, the talents ahead of him.
Traditionally, but those have not been assigned yet for this season.
I don't agree with your premise.
I have never flown with the Cardinals and I cannot think of a scenario where they would invite me to do so or a scenario, given past discussions and outcomes, where I would accept.
I ask for their input and they look at me funny and tell me to leave them alone, strange man.
Perhaps. Those are strikingly conservative and are likely based as much on absurd projections for the Cubs -- they have to beat up on some team to get 100 wins -- as they are on the actual Cardinals' roster.
Let's hope. Also, does it fall to me to suggest someone take a moment and look at the statistics from the Memphis team, where Pham was raking and DeJong and Voit were thumping and Bader has more strikeouts and than hits. Sometimes the numbers tell the story. Sometimes the roster tells the story. Sometimes it's both.
You could host a chat with answers like that.
I am aware of that. But, consider it from my point of view. Oh, hey, there's Chaminade. And Chaminade again. And Chaminade again. I'm pretty sure we're circling St. Louis and circling St. Louis -- I would hope -- doesn't include dipping all the way down to the Cape and then back to get the right runway. So ...
No. I did watch, for the both of us.
All of those things. The Cardinals do not accommodate "non-rights holder" media on their flights for any reason. That has been the policy. And I prefer not to fly with the team. They see enough of me in their lives. I don't need to be on their plane or at their hotel.
He is indeed that. And he'll contribute in some way in 2018, for sure.
The team will need a jolt of some time from outside the organization, yes.
Shake Shack or Two Boots at Citi Field. No contest.
Yes, you'll get it figured out. What the Cardinals saw in Cecil was a setup man who could face lefties and righties, and also be someone who could quiet the Cubs lefties, like Schwarber and Rizzo. They also clearly saw insurance for Siegrist -- or, at the least, a co-conspirator for Siegrist who could lessen the load placed on that lefty's shoulder for so much of the past few seasons. Cecil will be fine.