Marking Time

It was certainly different than the World Series last year.  The three game series against the Boston Red Sox, I mean.  The Cardinals played better than the Red Sox, though “playing better” is relative.  The Boston Red Sox are a last place team.  The Cardinals are a first place caliber team that often plays like a last place team.  The Cardinals aren’t going to play the Red Sox in the World Series this year.  If the Cardinals play at all in the World Series this year, it is going to be against a much better team than the current Red Sox.  That’s what scares me.

I could write a typical rah-rah post about how wasn’t it great that the Cardinals won.  I can’t do that.  I’m getting kind of tired of doing that actually, because I just don’t feel it with this team, haven’t for quite some time.  This team bores me.  Even when they win they bore me.  Oh there are occasional exciting moments.  There were a few in last night’s game, Kolten Wong’s two home runs were quite exciting.  But really, ask yourself honestly, how many times this season have you said to yourself, “I really love this team!”  Compare those times to previous seasons.  Personally, I haven’t said it once this season.  Not once.

There is something different about this team.  Something intangible that I can’t name, I can only feel.  It’s like one of those shiny birthday balloons that you get with flowers sometimes.  All bright and colorful and flying proudly, and then you come back to it a few days later and it’s kind of droopy and sad.  It is still a functioning balloon, but it doesn’t look the same.  That droopy and sad version of the balloon is this team.  It functions the way it is supposed to, but it isn’t the balloon you thought you had.

I will readily admit that part of my unhappiness with this team is the manager that I can’t stand. He does and says so many things to piss me off, that it’s hard to separate my disdain for him from what I see with the team itself.  However, he isn’t the one taking the terrible ABs or playing bad defense.   Maybe it’s all interrelated, I don’t know.  I only know that the sum total of all the parts of this team do not excite me.

I keep watching though.  I can’t help myself.  I keep looking for that bright shiny birthday balloon to re-appear.  I don’t think it will.  I think I will have to wait another year for a different balloon.

That’s all I can muster for right now.  May the Cardinals have a good series in Baltimore.  Maybe I will be in a better mood after that.  It can’t get much worse.


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  1. baseballmania

     /  August 9, 2014

    Not much reason to be in a good mood after last night. I wonder how Joe Kelly feels right now. Why give up a pitcher when you need offense, although Masterson not in that trade, its so easy to see why Mo is so disliked. And why didnt they just put allen craig on the DL, so obvious he was hurt even before he got to Boston.
    And they need to get rid of jason motte.


    • I fault Mozeliak for one thing, and one thing only. Keeping Daniel Descalso on the roster. There was no offense to get. Period. End of Story. Fin.

      Mike Matheny is the Forrest Gump of MLB managers. He manages the Cardinals like it is a Little League team. Instead of being a major league manager, he is a Mommy. Give the players a box of Juicy Juice and pat them on the head when they mess up. Then he whines because Mozeliak takes one of his under performing darlings away.

      I don’t care if the players dislike Mozeliak. I think that shows he is doing his job right. The players can grow the hell up or get out.



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