I get what you are saying, and I don't undervalue the cost or importance of a full-ride scholarship, but here's the difference between the student athletes and the students you mentioned who are taking on college debt -- thousands upon thousands of people don't cram into the lecture halls to watch the Average Joes take tests. The chem final is not streamed and broadcasted around the globe for massive rights fees. And the teacher ain't getting paid 5 million while his assistants make 1 million. So, it's a false and outdated equivalency as the college sports world has gone the way of big-time entertainment. The players need a bigger cut of the pie, and the NCAA is going to be eating humble pie because it dragged its feet for too long on this common-sense outcome. Now it's no longer going to be in control of where this leads. Some more forward-thinking action would have been wiser.
Don't give that kind of analysis away for free, my man.
Hitters can keep on keeping on
I get it. Totally. Does it make a difference in terms of how the team plays or actual product on the field? Probably not. But I hear you. One thing I have noticed in this Zoom era is the increased prickliness some get in that format. And I get that. It's a bad setup. For everybody. Shildt at times has displayed a habit he did not used to have, one where he views too many questions as something to combat instead of something to answer. How he responds to questions is up to him, obviously, but when he takes that approach against obviously fair questions, it comes across as defending something that needs to be explained or simply acknowledged as lacking instead of defended.
DG has mentioned Brian Reynolds as an intriguing potential option, though I wonder if the Cards and Pirates would be willing to swing an in-division deal.
Miller has been stoking speculation on Twitter about a potential reunion with the Cards. Don't think there's any bad blood there.
Jeff Albert didn't have the authority to fire those folks. The front office and the manager made it clear those who were not buying in on Albert's way were going to go if they did not make the changes, and those who didn't eventually were sent out. Now, perhaps those who were let go were wise! But Albert didn't can them. The team's insistence on Albert's way did, if that makes sense. Mo was asked multiple times as the Cardinals starting pitching hit injury hurdles at spring why there was not quality depth added. His view was the team had enough depth to bridge the gap.
I think Blues fans care about being relevant every year and being in the postseason annually, or close to it. The Cardinals and the Blues are both proponents of sustained success. If Pietrangelo wanted to be here, he would be. Simple as that. The Blues made him a good offer. He could have been on every Car Shield Commercial from now until the end of time to supplement his handsome income. The Blues didn't short-change him, and they stretched in ways they had not before. Vegas offered a contract that made a lot of other teams cringe in its commitment to an aging player, one that very likely will sting on the back end. Hockey is full of examples of stars who took a little less to make a better team in a hard-cap league. Pietrangelo decided to get paid to the max, and he certainly earned it. But I'm not going to fault the Blues for how that played out.
I'm on timeout. I misspelled Nootbaar.
I have a hard time believing the Cardinals' stated confidence in Albert is as high as has been presented by the team.
The division is begging to be taken.
The Cardinals are not in a position to release anyone who can occasionally provided a decent start, and Carlos -- sometimes -- still can. I was the one attempting to pump the brakes on the assumption the Cards should pick up his option for 2022. Now most people see my point there. The days of anyone who is suggesting Martinez is now better off as a reliever are no longer being labeled "Carlos Haters" or something worse. He's just not reliable enough as a starter anymore, and has not been for some time now.