No claims of being an ingrate here. And I've been writing about what seems to be a growing distance between the fans and the team for a while now. DeWitt downplayed that again today, but I was in both DC and STL for those NLCS games. It just wasn't the same. And it wasn't just the start times, either.
Mozeliak became the GM of the team before the 2008 season. Since then, the Cardinals rank third in baseball and second in the National League in regular-season wins (1,076) and are tied with the Yankees for third-best in postseason wins (35).
That kind of record would look pretty, pretty good to about any other team.
Under Mozeliak's tenure of GM and now president of baseball operations, the Cardinals have won a World Series, played in two, and have five first-place finishes in the division, the latest coming this season, which ended in the NLCS, against the team that won the World Series.
Mozeliak has made some questionable free-agent signings lately that would have go be graded poorly if graded today.
The extension to Carpenter looks like the worst extension of the Mozeliak era.
And he's still led a team to its goal of sustained success, annual relevance, a championship parade and a shot at another.
These things matter to the ownership, as evidenced by today's extension.
As for the draft complaint, the Dodgers are really good. See the numbers mentioned above. The crop of position players the Cardinals have coming might change your mind on how they draft/develop. The crop of pitchers they have benefited from for years should, too. It's hard to get elite players when you don't draft high. It's impossible to draft high without tanking in a league that does nothing to stop tanking.
As for Mozeliak's public image, I think you have a real point there. If he was less, I don't know, prickly, when it came to talking about his decisions, perhaps he would come across better with some. But, it's a results-based business. He knows that. And his bosses like his results. A lot.