The Cardinals signing Scherzer should not have been viewed as unrealistic.
Pricy, sure, but he would have been a great fit for this team.
Same for Marcus Stroman, honestly.
You are attacking some straw men here.
No one here is telling you not to want championships.
But if you think the Cardinals are a World-Series-or-bust team every single year, you're going to be frustrated often because that's not how the people who run the team view the team.
That kind of thinking goes against the philosophy of being good annually, and believing that this is the best chance to win a championship while also, you know, being good annually.
If that doesn't mesh with what you think, that's fair and fine. But take it out on the team, not the sportswriters. Blaming the messenger is easy for some.
Cardinals fans, most of them, are not like Boston fans and New York fans. See for example the ovations for Matt Carpenter's final hits in a Cardinals uniform. Just one example. No shot there. Just noting a difference. There is a difference.