Forever and ever? Maybe some day a gazillionaire emerges here, builds a state-of-the-art stadium and buys a team. It could happen. Money talks. But realistically, we won't see the league return.
Until they see me. When you rented a condo in Florida during his heyday, there was some excitement at the real estate office until people realized it was just a namesake.
Baseball is a suffering sport, in terms of potential long-term support. There are many ways for folks to spend their disposable income these days. Sitting in the heat watching a 3-hour, 15-minute strikeout/home-run contest is just one of them. And at those prices . . . .
The Cardinals are a wild-card caliber team, not great but possessing some very good pieces. With healthier pitching, they have enough to contend for years to come while other franchise bail and rebuild. If you start Austin Gomber against Clayton Kershaw, there is going to be a problem that night. As Adams, some fans hate to see guys swing at the first pitch and not get a hit. I hate to see hitters take the first pitch right down the middle for a strike, then spend the rest of the at bat fighting off breaking pitches. change-ups and/pitches on the edges.
Gomber did you an inning-ending double play to end a rough first inning, then allowed the one run before getting in trouble in the fourth. At that point he came out for Ross who, unfortunately, allowed three inherited runners to score. Given all the circumstances -- including Kerhaw pitching for the other side -- I didn't think the fourth inning was too soon to get Gomber.
This is a billion-dollar project, getting a team and then trying to build a fan base in a market that has lost a TON of corporate dollars. Would the NBA have staying power with the high-end clientele needed to pay the bills? I am skeptical that it could work in his market. But like I said in the NBA question, if there is a gazillionaire that simply HAS to have a team in the STL, money talks. Back in the day Bill Laurie would have gained the Grizzlies had he simply been more patient and played along with the league's leadership for a few years.
The man is a pull hitter. He is trying jack pitches over the right field fence. Except for the occasion bunt attempt for a hit, anything he hits to the left side is an accident/mishit.
Allen is expected to return for some preseason action. Back-up Chad Johnson has had several good seasons as a No. 2 and prospect Ville Husso was a standout in the AHL last season. All Allen's injury means is those two get more exhibition work, which is actually a good thing.
Let's see, I was cheated out of the U2 concert at the old Arena by the Cardinals-Twins World Series. U2 at Busch was just OK. Springsteen at Kiel Opera House in the 70s was great, as was prime-age Boss at The Arena many years later. I enjoyed Social Distortion at The Pageant and I satisfied my Kim Deal obsession by seeing the Breeders earlier this season in K.C. at the Truman.
I mean, we all knew the score on the exotic uniforms/helmets. Mizzou doesn't have a fan base strong enough to resist the change. Look at the attendance/donation levels of those schools that have stayed traditional with their look. Most of them are awash in alumni cash.
Bidwill loved the STL, but the business community the politicians considered him a fool. And, in fairness, he was brutal owner lacking the acumen or willingness to run the team correctly. So I'd vote for St. Louis daring Kroenke to leave by refusing to make any serious attempt to live up to the team's lease. Maybe Stan would have escaped to LA eventually, but in meantime the city would have upgraded an outdated facility and remained more attractive for college football, NCAA Tournaments, big concerts and maybe even other NFL team once the Rams finally left.
I believe the Tigers will manage to score some points. But Georgia is on a whole other level. Unless the Bulldogs turn the ball over a bunch of times, expect them to roll to a multi-TD victory. They are just that good.
Obviously the shoulder is still an issue and will be until a full winter of treatment. If it is still an issue next spring, then that will cost him staggering money on his next contract. Ozuna also hit a double last night and his two RBIs give him 13 halfway into the month. His OPS for the month is 1.049. As for his outfield work, he has some more work to do with Willie McGee.
San Jose won because it got a superstar D-man without giving up anything of immediate value. The prospects spent in that trade are middling and losing a late first-round pick at some point is no big deal.
The NBA is rocking and rolling. We'd all like to see more competitive balance, but the league has an army of personable and marketable stars. The game is played at an extreme skill level, a far cry from the bad old days of Pat Riley battleball with the New York Knicks.
Missouri should win the game, as Dave Matter outlined on our site. But then again Purdue absolutely HAS to win that game to salvage its season. And coach Jeff Brohm did a job on Barry Odom last season in Boone County. If the Tigers can't move the pile on the ground and if Lock makes too many throws into traffic, this game could turn the wrong way.
If the Cardinals miss the playoffs this will be a mild disappointment. The strong finish and the fact they are playing meaningful games at the end of the regular season can't be overlooked. During the second half the Cardinals saw some good things from a lot of guys that will be key going forward. A lot of their young pitching got tested, which will only help development.
Going back to the Rams courtship, maybe the STL gets the Rams without that lease language, maybe not. I tend to think the Rams were coming anyway. As for the language, it was vague enough that our city could have compiled had they kept improving the stadium incrementally so it didn't fall so far behind. And remember, that facility brought a lot of high level stuff to the city in its prime. Then it failed to keep up.
Other draft experts are similarly impressed. Lock has a remarkable release. Very quick. His arm strong is crazy and he has enough size and athleticism to please the NFL. Now let's see how his decision-making holds up against better competition. If he can put up some points in Georgia and Alabama, he will be one very wealthy young man next year.
I'd say this group has a slightly higher ceiling. Perron was a find, a skilled kid whose teenage attitude kept him following the traditional major junior developmental path. Oshie was well regarded going the USHL/college route and Berglund's stock soared when he broke out in a big way in Sweden after he was drafted. All three guys panned out nicely, enjoying long and productive NHL careers. Will this trio top that performance? I won't be easy, but all three have a scoring line ceiling.