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Face it, he's all we got!

Face it, he's all we got!

I have yet to do a baseball blog this off season, mainly because there wasn’t a lot to say that didn’t entail A-Rod and steroids and that’s all been said a billion times before.  I went to a preseason game and watched my Cards bash the ball all over the place against the Nationals.  Left in the 7th inning up 12-4 but found out that we won 12-11.  It was a sign of things to come and I knew it.

You see, the Cardinals didn’t feel the need to address the most atrocious bullpen in baseball over the off season.  They let their crappy closer go and decided bullpen by committee was the way go instead of going after the Bobby Jenks and K Rod’s and Trevor Hoffmans of the world.  I didn’t understand it then and I surely don’t understand it now.  Why would a team with a manager notorious for taking pitchers out a billion times a game not look to add a few more pitchers?  Why would a team that blew 30 some saves last year not feel the address that?  You can only out-hit people for so long.

I smothered my fury and figured I’d wait and see what the season held.  Well, now I see.  Cards up 4-2 in the 9th inning.  A runner on 2nd, 2 outs.  All you need is one out.  What do the Cards do?  Give up a single, 4-3 now.  Okay, no problem, just have the runner on first.  What do you do now?  Walk a guy, let another guy on base.  Bases loaded, 2 outs.  What do you do then?  Surprisingly you don’t give up a grand slam, no you limit the damage to a bases clearing double.  Fanfrickintastic.  6-4.  Game over.  Well, not strictly true, we got an at bat but I’m sure everyone was so demoralized by the sucky bullpen that they couldn’t be bothered to attempt to rally.

Some people might think I’m insane to write my team off after one game, and they may be partially right.  But the point is, I know my team.  I have been there and done that with these guys and if the ownership can’t be bothered to try to win, why should I be bothered to give them my attention?  So, I’ll simply check box scores to see how Albert is doing as he’s the only player I care about on the team anymore anyway.  We bleed red is the Cardinals motto…these days it’s just we bleed.  I’m slapping on a band-aid and calling it a day.  Bring on football season!

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