My Sports Wish List For Santa

Dear Sporty Santa,

2015 has been a real meh year sports wise. Let’s see what we can do to make 2016 a little better.

First things first, I’m a St. Louis Cardinals fan. I’m upset that Jason Heyward didn’t want to be with the team anymore, opting for the younger Chicago Cubs.

After failing to get Heyward and pitcher David Price, I’m just pleased the team was able to find a guy in Mike Leake that wants to be with the team.  It helps that he’ll be able to pitch a lot of innings and provide a decent bat. He is also looking forward to taking down the Cubs. Love that Santa.

So, we’re hearing that team could be looking to trade for one of the Colorado Rockies outfielders. Ok. Fine. Just make sure the person can also hit really well not a mile up!  Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez. Whomever. I look forward to seeing what happens.

And if that doesn’t pan out Santa … Yoenis Cespedes or Alex Gordon, please!

And thanks for your part in the Jedd Gyorko for Jon Jay trade. A nice backup infielder that has a bat. Plus? No more Jon Jay hate debate! Woo!

Also, Santa:

  • A more consistent Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Maybe add a little youth, too. That are frustrating this season. Stop it!
  • A St. Louis Blues team that can make it well past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • More amazingness from Cam Newton, please. He has had an awesome 2015 season. MVP worthy. We get to see him rack up passing yards, rushing yards and TDs every week. And then we get a fashion show during the post game presser.

Look at this Santa!

Those shoes, Santa. I hope we get more Cam!

  • And, if I could get a winning fantasy sports team … specifically football… that’d be awesome, Santa!
  • As many gold medals as possible for Team USA in the 2016 Olympic games at Rio! USA USA USA!
  • More soccer goodness. Men, Women, Man City, MLS… yeah!

Finally, the following can get a little sack of coal:

  • Jason Heyward
  • Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones, too.
  • Abhorrent fans
  • The San Francisco Giants for paying Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto those crazy contracts … and because it’s an even year.
  • The Chicago Cubs.

Merry Christmas! May all your sports Christmas dreams come true!

Love, M


Quick Thoughts on St. Louis Cardinals and Jason Heyward

So this is what it’s like when someone leaves and it’s not for the money?

It’s way more frustrating than I even imagined! Jason Heyward has reportedly signed with the Chicago Cubs. And the Cubs were actually the low bidder. Behind the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals.

… I understand little one. I understand.

So what does this all mean?

1. The Cardinals made it known when they acquired Jason Heyward that they would do their best to woo him into becoming a Cardinal for years to come. It seemed to go well. He said he enjoyed his time with the team. The fans loved him. The Cardinals promised signing Heyward was the top goal this offseason.

2. Maybe they shouldn’t have made that known. Maybe it’s one of those situations where you let it be known how you feel, and it’s not really reciprocated but the target of your attention is nice and lets you think everything is great. But you present them with a long-term, multi-million dollar proposal … and they bolt! That’s more commitment than they were really seeking. It’s not you, it’s me… Yeah!

3. I am mad at no one. Jason Heyward obviously did what he felt best for him and you can’t fault him for that even if it does mean he goes to the Chicago Cubs. You can’t be mad at the Cardinals. They apparently made the top offer. They did their best to make him feel welcome. Heyward made his choice despite the team’s best efforts. More than anything it just makes you feel more upset about the situation that led to the Cardinals needing Heyward. Rest in peace, Oscar Tavares.

4. I made an unfortunate promise when the debate of where Jason Heyward would go started getting ridiculous…

I guess I have to keep that promise, huh?

5. Who cares who the Cardinals go after next? Granted, I am in a great state of disappointment. But. The team needs a bat and a starting pitcher. And probably some other pieces too. Anyone they get is just gonna be like Meh to me. Alex Gordon? Yoenis Cespedes? Sure that would be great. Probably won’t get them now. See? Meh. Just go ahead and sign Johnny Cueto why don’t you! See. That’s ridiculous. But really. The struggle is going to be real until the season gets underway. Everything just seems like it will be anger inducing or a let down now. Meh!

6. Please don’t sign Johnny Cueto. I mean really.

7. I still love the Cardinals. I’m just really let down.

8. I hope they do find some pieces that will pick my spirits up.

9. No. Really. Don’t sign Johnny Cueto.

10. Just. Win. Cardinals. Just do what you have to do to win and beat Heyward and the Cubbies. K? That’s all I ask!

St. Louis Cardinals Offseason … So Far

Well. I certainly meant to write more here over the last few weeks. Silly life and work!

That said, I do have a few thoughts on what has been going on thus far for the St. Louis Cardinals.

* I’m perfectly OK with the Cards being second in the stakes to get David Price. Sure, he is good. But the price tag, if you will, and commitment was huge for someone with a lack of amazing play in the playoffs. Pitching in the playoffs, and pitching well in the playoffs, is very important. Look back on the last couple of seasons for the Cardinals. Pitching. It’s important, y’all.

* Jason Heyward hasn’t been re-signed. Jason Heyward needs to be re-signed. As soon as possible. Continue reading “St. Louis Cardinals Offseason … So Far”