Welcome to the OFFICIAL 1st blog! LET ME TAKE YOU…N THE ZONE!
As a long-time St. Louis Cardinals fan, I have had the pleasure to learn and see many Cardinal players. I have also learned about the loyalty of the Cardinal fan base. It really gets rough when a star player from your favorite team leaves and joins a different team, it really gets worse when it’s a rival. Where am I going with this…I’m glad you asked.
Right after the 2011 World Series, the Cardinals won their 11th championship, David Freese was a hero and gave us fans the most dramatic end of the regular season AND postseason we may ever witness. The biggest story from that whole season was none other than Albert Pujols. Pujols became a free agent REALLY when that postseason ended. The next step was: “WHERE WILL ALBERT GO?” For the entire 2011 season, the Pujols’ talks DOMINATED sports radio in St. Louis. It got very sickening because it was the same stinking question over and over again. I’ll tell you now…I KNEW HE WAS LEAVING! I’m not an expert. Don’t claim to be one. I’ll get into that subject about journalists talking bad about fans and their “journalism” at another time. MAKE SURE YOU HOLD ME TO THAT! I WANT TO DISCUSS THAT! Back to Albert…I knew he was leaving because they weren’t going to pay him. On December 10, 2011…Albert Pujols didn’t sign with the Cardinals. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. THAT IS A MOUTHFUL! I was happy for him. Of course many Cardinal fans were not. Then…THE HATRED!
During this, Cardinal fans began to show their true colors…the ones that once praised Albert…wanted him to rot and hope that he never comes back to the LOU. WHY? Because he took the money…the money that he was going to be well paid for. The money that Cardinals management were never going to really pay anyway. You are fooling yourselves if you think that Cardinals front office were going to pay him. Pujols did what he was supposed to do…GET PAID! So if you are a Cardinal fan, NEVER and I mean NEVER HATE WHAT THAT MAN DID FOR ST. LOUIS! You may find him to be arrogant, self-centered, egotistical, whatever…at the end of the day he is still a man. AND A CHRISTIAN! Christians aren’t perfect. He makes mistakes. So after 11 seasons, 445 home runs, 3 MVPs and 2 World Series titles, Albert found himself in another uniform for the 2012 season for 10 years and $240 million. So, then the replacement for Albert began. The Cardinals made one deal and it looked very promising. They went and sign a former Cardinal killer from back in 2004…his name was Carlos Beltran.
Carlos Beltran, had two of the most unforgettable postseason moments that Cardinals’ fans will never forget. The 2004 NLCS when he dominated Cardinal pitching, yet they lost in 7 games. Plus the one, that HE will never forget…a 12-6 gem of a curveball delivered from (now teammate) Adam Wainwright in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS that sent the Cards to the World Series. After signing a 2-year, $26 million deal, here he is as the Albert replacement. Only big issue here was could he play in at least 150 games for the Cards. After playing 140+ games with the Mets and Giants last season, it seems like it. But injury-plagued 2009 and 2010 seasons seems like that was not the case. So what Beltran would the Cardinals get?
GOING N THE ZONE: So far (as of June 1st) Beltran is clearly doing better than Albert. THAT SHOULD MAKE PUJOLS’ HATERS HAPPY! Beltran is batting .294 with a league-leading 15 home runs and 42 RBIs. Beltran is a great player and I have nothing against him. NOTHING! He is a welcomed addition to the ‘Birds and hopefully will provide that same magic that he did back in 2004. I hope he’s an all-star when it goes to Kansas City in July. Albert, after having a homerless April, is batting .243 with 8 home runs and 28 RBIs. It looks like Albert has found his footing in Los Angeles. I still think he’ll pull through with .300 average and 30 home runs to continue his streak of 30 home run seasons. YEP I SAID IT! HATERS WILL ENVY THAT and I hope that he wins a world title in Los Angeles to shut up the Cardinal fans! Either way it goes, Cardinal fans will look for that word “STEROIDS” on Albert…that’s just how much hatred these fans have for him! It’s disheartening, it’s sick, it’s crude and just idiotic. No way I would think that the greatest baseball fans in Major League Baseball would act this way because one of the best hitters of the 21st century decided he was leaving for money. IT’S THE WAY OF THE GAME! THERE IS NO LOYALTY ANYMORE (not just in baseball) IN SPORTS SO SUCK IT UP AND GO ON WITH LIFE! CHEER FOR HIM REGARDLESS! Except if he was a Cub…scratch that…I would still cheer for him. So who the Train choose between the two…ALBERT! I been a fan of his since he came his Rookie Of The Year season back in ’01…you can believe me or not. I saw this guy in spring training, didn’t know who he was (wearing #68 in spring training) but he was good enough to make the team. Now in his 12th season, is one of the highest paid players in baseball. CONGRATULATIONS ALBERT! You have earned it! SO WHAT…that you weren’t the greatest base runner, your attitude wasn’t the best at times…that you got an ego…you still are one of my favorite players and I’ll root for you until you hang up your spikes and jersey for the last time!
Coming up on Monday: Why the Spurs will win the championship?