Well I was so pumped after the Cardinals did what they did in Milwaukee, and then the team took on the Reds at home in front of huge crowds with momentum and proceeded to choke it away. The air is out of the balloon folks, as Don Meredith used to sing “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over”. Granted the St. Louis Cardinals are not mathematically eliminated, but raise your hands if you think the Birds will make the playoffs. For a visual of my office, my hand—–not raised.
You know with the Brewers coming to town, and the Braves coming to town as well later there is that very slim glimmer of hope. I’d like to thank the Cardinals for playing, and see you all next season. How disappointing too, that the team that was/is so capable did the big let down! I hate to be the basher of the team, but they seriously underachieved. A team with a batting nucleus of Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman and a supporting cast of guys like Molina, Freese and Jon Jay which is solidly ranked in almost every offensive category still will miss the playoffs for the third year in a row. I’m sorry but I just don’t get this team and I don’t know what changes will occur after the season is over but some changes must come.
Does the skipper return? Do you care? Who do you want to see at the helm if he doesn’t? Does Albert stay, does Lance return and what about Chris Carpenter? And will ownership up the payroll, even slightly enough to possibly keep the nucleus together? I know what I want to see happen, but I’m curious what Cardinal Nation wants. The other day I blogged that it’s just a game, but the fact is the Cardinals in this town are a huge story and missing the playoffs is going to be the talk even during football season and beyond. Speaking of football season, how excited are you all about the Rams. I see the Rams winning the NFC West, but that is all contingent on one Sam Bradford. If Sam I Am stays healthy, the Rams are the team to beat in the NFC West. I personally like the leadership over at One Rams Way, starting with Coach Spags and Josh McDaniels. That’s in my opinion the difference between the two organizations (Cardinals, Rams). But back to the Cardinals, they are such a piece of the city that the missing of the playoffs and how they missed will be talked about all the way into 2012.
Of course what will probably happen is the Cardinals will finish strong, just like the past two years once they’ve been mathematically eliminated and will end with a good feeling. To me that is bittersweet, to see that the Birds will probably still finish 10-15 games over .500 and we all will see what could have been. So to the St Louis Cardinals again Thank You for playing, it was fun at times and disappointing at times too and bring on the Brewers.