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!

Postgame with @cameron1newton. #CARvsNYG 📷: Kathy Willens/AP

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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”

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.

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.