How depressing…When the trade deadline came and passed, I was frantically searching for news on which moves Mo had deftly pulled off. You see, I had hope. When all of the other Cardinals fans were convinced Mo would do nothing to help this team, I had hope. And the little bastard let me down.
Okay, okay…honestly…I’m not that upset. From the looks of things, the market was ridiculous this year, and we didn’t exactly have a unique need. It seemed that every contender in baseball needed a lefty reliever, and only one moved before the deadline. Sherrill didn’t move, Fuentes didn’t move, and Ohman didn’t move (although, after watching his team play this week, I’m surprised Ohman didn’t sprint onto the field towards the Cardinals’ dugout and beg for asylum…). Bernie at the Post Dispatch made a good point…the guys we wanted, everyone wanted…no one got.
Despite what the St. Louis Cardinals organization has been spewing for the last couple years, this year, the excuses actually have merit. The price was just too high this year. I’m all for winning in ’08…but don’t forget how much it hurts every time we see Haren pitch for another team. Winning this year is no excuse for giving away the farm system. Are we willing to sacrifice a few prospects for a single winning player this year? Absolutely. But there IS a difference between that and gutting the system to gamble it all on this season. A good move is one thing…a poor gamble is something entirely different.
However, give Mo credit for two things: 1. He faced the music. Within minutes of the end of the trade deadline, John was on Bernie’s radio show and Fox Sports Midwest facing the hard questions himself. 2. He is willing to dip into the farm system for help. When everyone else is terrified of bringing Jaime Garcia up too early and ruining him in a relief role, Mo is willing to bring the kid up and let TLR and Dunc try to develop him into a Major League pitcher for this year. He could end up being the lefty reliever we need…or at least better than Flores has been…surely he can do that.
So…this is our team…this is it…like it or not, this team is going to have to get it done. The expectations – the odds – are against them…just like back in April when we were picked to finish, at best, third. Just like in ’06 when we were expected to lose the World Series “in 3.” When everyone is talking about the cursed Cubs and fading Brewers, we’re on no one’s radar…
Just how I like it…GO CARDS!!!