I hope you're all doing well. Sorry it has taken a while. I had to drive through the rain to get back home to do the chat. Fire away.
This is a business, but don't underestimate the value of goodwill and his significance to Cardinals fans. In giving Molina an extension, Bill DeWitt Jr. and John Mozeliak gave their fans a huge embrace and told them they're committing to keep one of the team's greatest ambassadors in a Cardinals uniform for the rest of his career.
I think the electorate is a tad more sophisticated as it got younger for the 2016 class election when many voters were trimmed off the voter rolls because they hadn't covered baseball in 10 years. Most people will tell you that the win stat isn't quite as telling about a pitcher's worth. Also, keep in mind that Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, a member of the 2015 class, won only 219 games. Nobody denies that Pedro was one of the greats of his era.
I apologize. That video mistake was mine. He's much better. I'm resending the new video as I type this. The wrong video uploaded when I sent it. "I just got checked out by the doctor. I’m cleared," he said this morning. He noted that Adams was in the lineup in his place before the rainout Wednesday, "but I feel like I’ll be ready," he added.
I've not established an opinion either way on those questions. I figure there's athleticism in all those ventures, so I have no problem if people thing it's a sport.
If Paul Edgerley and Jim Kavanaugh are sincere about what they said about St. Louis' rich soccer history and soccer community, I think MLS will be in St. Louis in 2020. It makes too much sense for it not to happen. Those folks are extremely bright. They know how to make the math work. They can build a stadium on that same lot for $100 million. We all have to live within our means. If they build a more modest stadium than the one they were proposing, they can get a team here.
I'm not against MLS. I love MLS. I bet you I'm one of the few - if not the only - sports media person in St. Louis who has been an MLS season-ticket holder. I can point to three MLS greats from St. Louis and one of the greatest coaches in MLS history who can vouch for my love of MLS and my desire to see the sport grow in America.
I don't know if there's much of an appetite for publicly funding sports stadiums for millionaires and billionaires. Trust me, the MLS2STL folks knew they have a better shot at getting a stadium funded through a city ballot. They didn't ever bother to go to the county. That was either a monumental blunder or a strategic move from men who know the area quite well. The county is much more conservative.
St. Louis is already a thriving sports town, in my humble opinion. Sunday was further proof of that. This is one of the greatest baseball towns in America, easily among the top 3. Just because the city was dumped by the NFL doesn't mean it needed to throw itself into the lap of MLS. That mistake would be the equivalent of a divorced person settling for a less attractive new spouse just because that person thought she/he needed a new spouse.
The St. Louis Cardinals won't be hurting for cash. Trust me. They practically vacuum $100 bills each night because there are so many people just handing over their cash. When the organization wants, it won't be outbid.
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed the column. I love soccer. It's my passion, but I just couldn't justify sticking the city residents with the bill. There are more pressing needs.
I will try to write a blog with my thoughts on the subject. I plan to write about the Cardinals for Friday's paper, so I don't know when I'll write about MLS again in the paper.
Wow. That's quite a harsh assessment of one of the best quarterbacks of this era. I would say he was among the top third of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I grew up a Cowboys fan and still pull for them when I watch their games, so I can say that I've always admired his play. He has lots to be proud of.
There are actually 12, meaning 11 and St. Louis. You are absolutely right about everything else. This is not a deal breaker. It's a blow to their ego, but it's not a deal breaker. They got more than 20,000 people in the city to vote for their stadium proposal. That doesn't even include surely twice as many folks in the county who would have voted for it. That's a hell of a season-ticket base, if you ask me. Let's do this, Paul Edgerley.
Thanks for the compliment. I'm trying to understand your question, though? What double standards? If you're referring to playing Piscotty and platooning Wong, I would politely disagree.
I agree 100 percent. Both of those plays were almost embarrassing. Grichuk should know better by now. He'll get better, but there's no way to deny that he screwed up by throwing home instead of to third. In close games against great teams, those are the type of plays that prove to be the difference. Carpenter's blunder helped cost Martinez the decision.
I've reached out to Dave Peacock about trying to set up a visit or chat with Paul Edgerley. I haven't spoken to anybody in that ownership group since they lost the Prop 2 vote, so I have to wait to see. I do think they can make it happen if they lower their stadium expectations and build a more modest one.
I would pick the Blues over the Wild in a playoff series. Jake Allen would be one of the most important pieces. The Allen we saw Tuesday night reminded us of the Allen that cost Ken Hitchcock his job. Tuesday night was one of the rare poor outings by Allen since Mike Yeo took over. If Allen excels in the playoffs in the same manner he has excelled since Yeo took over, there's no reason why the Blues cannot make it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.