MLB, St. Louis Cardinals

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”

NFL

Dallas Cowboys, Complete Trash

When I was a teenager, I followed the Dallas Cowboys.

Growing up in Arkansas in the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys were not only America’s team but they were the local team and were always on Sundays. The New Orleans Saints were always on Sundays too, but again … it was the 1990s. They were awful. The Cowboys had Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith and they were amazing.

As I got a little older … in other words, started forming my own opinions … I started not liking them as much. Their owner, Jerry Jones, was smarmy and a real tool. He made dumb decisions that he seemed to think were genius, but were actually hurting the team.

Years later, it’s easier to argue that he just keeps doing these bad things.

Case in point. Greg Hardy.

Greg Hardy. Noted Piece of Garbage.

The worst person on planet Earth.

On Friday, Deadspin released an investigative report including photos of the injuries inflicted on Hardy’s ex, Nicole Holder.

The photos are disturbing. It’s the only proper word for it.

Even more disturbing, though, is the reaction of the report and photos by Jerry Jones.

This is what the head cowboy had to say:

“While we did not have access to the photos that became public today, we were and are aware of the serious nature of this incident. We as an organization take this very seriously. We do not condone domestic violence. We entered into the agreement with Greg fully understanding that there would be scrutiny and criticism. We have given Greg a second chance. He is a member of our team and someone who is grateful for the opportunity he has been given to move forward with his life and his career.”

What the fuck is this garbage?

How Jones, or let’s just say anyone, can look at these images on Deadspin and not think that Hardy needs to be immediately banned from the NFL for life … or better yet, locked away in prison … is beyond comprehension.

Hardy is a vile human being. Comments after he returned to action a few weeks confirm this. It was as if he learned nothing and just wanted to get back out there … “guns blazin'” as he put it.

But. I gotta stop thinking with my little lady brain I guess.

Were the NFL or Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to stand up like men in this situation and BAN GREG HARDY, well that would be just too courageous. Greg Hardy is considered a top defender. That talent is hard to come by … apparently.

Bull. Shit.

If the NFL were to ban Greg Hardy; if the Cowboys were to release Greg Hardy; That would be a sign of respect … dare I say acknowledgement … to women who want to support this league.

I love watching this game. It’s so entertaining. But it’s going to be hard to ever watch the Cowboys without a lot of hatred after this incident.

I hope they prove me wrong, but you just know Jerry and the league will never do what’s right in this situation.

MLB, St. Louis Cardinals

Why, Oh Why Jaime Garcia

The St. Louis Cardinals are set to bring back lefty pitcher Jaime Garcia in 2016 by picking up a $11.5 million dollar option Monday.

This makes me cringe. So much.

Garcia has been with the Cardinals since 2008. This probably surprises you a little. Am I right?

Yes, the promising pitcher has had his fair share of injuries and mental setbacks.

In 2015, Jaime surprised the team, and the fan base, by stepping up when the team needed him most. He went 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA, racking up 97 strikeouts. After years of inconsistency, Jaime was consistent and was pretty much the go-to guy behind Carlos Martinez.

And then we hit October and an important start in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

After a year of awesome, Garcia reverted back to the Jaime we know.

Suffering from an apparent tummy-ache, Garcia failed to tell Cardinals manager Mike Matheny of his illness until a couple of hours before his important start.

If you aren’t feeling well, you need to do what’s best for the team. Give your manager enough time to get another starter – maybe Lance Lynn or Carlos Villanueva – time to prepare.

But. No. Jaime didn’t do that … and you know what happened? THIS! This happened:

 

 

 

 

 

 

He pretty much forgot how to baseball.

Jaime only pitched two innings and the team lost 4-1 at home to the Cubs.  The team just seemed to lose momentum for the rest of the series and that was that for a promising 2015 season.

Disappointment.

So. Knowing this. It’s just surprising to see Jaime come back.

I believe in second chances. But this will be Jaime’s tenth, you guys.

If the Cardinals do bring him back and aren’t using this option pick-up as trade bait, I hope the option includes an honesty clause.

If Jaime has a hangnail and can’t throw a curve. Tell Mike. If Jaime has a stubbed toe? Tell Mike. Need some more Sprite for an anxious stomach, ahead of a big start? TELL MIKE!

If Jaime does pitch next season for the Cardinals, I hope we see more of the Jaime we got during the regular season. Good Jaime. Otherwise, it may be time to give Jaime a change of scenery to get rid of those mental hang ups.