Every week (likely every Friday morning) I’ll post “Buy or Sell” – where I give a thumbs up or thumbs down to various Cardinals trends/topics/musings that are commonly discussed throughout the week.
With that said, let’s get underway for the week of July 31st.
Trade Deadline Comes, Nobody Goes
As if by some form of black magic, the St. Louis Cardinals decided to make zero moves after Major League Baseball’s annual trade deadline ended this past week.
With all the news that surrounded Lance Lynn and his “impending” move elsewhere, #31 still finds himself with the Birds on the Bat on his uniform, and the Cardinals find themselves still searching for answers.
John Mozeliak and the rest of the Cardinals’ front office decided no deal was worth the pressure of making, yet pitchers like former Redbird hand Jaimie Garcia was passed around like a peace pipe at a Journey concert.
What frustrated Cardinals fans (and this writer the most) was that the team failed to become “buyers” or “sellers” this year.
With a plethora of outfielders and decent pitching depth in the minors, many people thought a deal was going to get done to get some bullpen help and a true power bat in the line up.
Joke is on you, Bird fans.
The biggest takeaway isn’t that the team made zero moves, it’s the fact there is seemingly no strategy in place, whether it be to build the team back up, or push all the chips in for this year.
What the Cards are doing now is surviving with solid starting pitching while the offense and bullpen cower.
The need is there, and the front office continues to not address what I called BEFORE the season started.
I didn’t make some profound observation, this was a glaring hole many people speculated on, yet Mozeliak and Co. pressed forward anyways.
Overall, the direction of stagnant is not one you EVER want to take on as a professional sports organization, because that gets you left in the dust quickly (just look at how the Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals all improved over the deadline).
There are things to like about this team, but a lot more to dislike – number one being the front office direction.
McGregor vs. Mayweather Molina vs. Matheny
Wait this wasn’t a boxing match?
The way the feud between Yadier Molina and Mike Matheny blew up this week sure made it seem like this fall’s headline fight.
If you missed the details, Mike Matheny inferred that his future Hall-Of-Fame backstop was more or less aging and look tired.
Yadier did not appreciate the comments, and took to social media to voice his frustrations.
It’s never a good look when player and manager can’t sit down and discuss things one on one, and as hot is Matheny’s seat is right now, this might be the thing that pushes him over the hump of a firing.
Yadier has done tremendous things for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, both on and off the field.
He was paid handsomely this off-season to eventually retire as a Cardinal.
And now now we have a bonehead manager making assumptions that he has no business making.
Who do you all think wins that long-term battle?
Arguing in the clubhouse can sometimes spur change, but in a season where so many things are going wrong, this is the worst kind of distraction the team needs.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of #STLCards Social Media
What a week this has been in terms of news for the St. Louis Cardinals.
For as much that happened on and off the field, a great deal happened on social media surrounding all of the news.
Our job as bloggers is to give fresh takes on that news you won’t find in the papers.
Basically, we are the rebellion against mainstream journalism.
Because of that, many views end up conflicting, and arguments ensue.
If you’ve ever searched #STLCards on Twitter, you will see just how ugly some of the threads get.
It’s usually all in good fun, and despite the bickering I sit here today having never been prouder to be part of the blogging community.
Because I learned this week just how powerful the St. Louis Cardinals fan base can be on social media.
If you didn’t already know, Joe McBrayer, who goes by @CardRedBaseball on Twitter, was recently diagnosed with cancer.
As a result, Daniel Shoptaw (@C70) and I joined forces to start a GoFundMe for a blogging brother.
The response has been nothing short of phenomenal, as we’ve raised nearly $3000 to donate to Joe and his family as they start the chemotherapy process.
It is truly uplifting and inspiring that so many people within the blogging community have shown love for Joe, as he has been a staple in the Cardinals community for years.
His work, and the work of all of us who choose to blog, sometimes can feel like it goes unnoticed.
But what hasn’t gone unnoticed is the fact people love this team, and love other people who love this team, just like Joe.
So whenever you’re in the middle of a heated social spar, take a step back and realize just how awesome it is that you are able to talk Cardinals baseball, and how many passionate fans there are out there.
The person you are fighting with may just be the one who comes to your side when you need it most.
Cardinal Nation takes care of it’s own.
Verdict: A HARD BUY
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