Et Tu, Molina?

yadier_molina.jpgIf you are a Cardinal fan and you read Will Leitch’s Deadspin column this week and you are like me then you, too, are probably well into your fourth fifth of Jack Daniels.  You’ve called your mother balling like a baby, the cops have been to your house twice and you have a large welt on the inside part of your leg, you don’t know how or when it got there.

No, sir.  The world just doesn’t seem the same anymore.

For those of you dear readers unaware, to summarize, Leitch made a strong point that the Cardinals’ franchise player — the face, the rock, the lone savior of St. Louis — Albert Pujols, may not be as married to the organization as we all think he is, that if the Cardinals aren’t committed to winning (as they appear now), that if Tony LaRussa isn’t around, that if GM John Mozeliak and his army of “stat zombies” (thanks, Prince) decide to continue on the Moneyball route and take for granted that Albert will sit around, silent, simply collecting a paycheck, then it is not fair to assume he will stay with the franchise once his contract ends in 2011. 

It’s not fair.

It’s terrifying.

I do not have to tell you how important Albert is to St. Louis Cardinals baseball because Albert is St. Louis Cardinals baseball.  The loss of Pujols would be akin to the loss of Franz Ferdinand… or worse!  It’d be John Lennon, Jack Kennedy and Aaliyah all dying on the same day!  Seriously. 

One of the joys from the past few seasons has been watching Yadier Molina develop into a feisty, competitive, smart and affective baseballer.  He hits for average, has power, steals bases, always has his head in the game and you can’t find a better defensive catcher.  You also cannot listen to a Cardinals broadcast these days without hearing how essential Albert Pujols has been in Yadi’s development.  You see them together in the dugout, talking hitting, talking defense, then Yadi goes out produces.  It’s a real thing of beauty.

Yet if you listen to Will Leitch’s warning shots and recognize the clear and present danger of losing Albert, then you really have to think about losing Yadi too.  His contract is also up in 2011 with a club option for 2012 and if Mozeliak & Co. don’t convince Albert to stick around, you can bet that Molina will be right behind him. 

Thinking about all of this makes me want to die.  If I feel that way, if Cardinal fans feel that way, if the blogosphere feels that way, then why does John Mozeliak — the pompous king of arrogance — continue to look down upon us — the common voice — like plebeian s***-eaters who know nothing about the game of baseball?

I guess now is the time to start praying to the baseball gods.  I just hope they know more about satisfying their fanbase than Mozeliak.

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

15 Comments

Don’t scare me like that, Jeff! I don’t wanna think about the Cards without Albert until it’s blatantly obvious it’s time for him to retire. And we’re not near that point in time yet.
Jen
http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

It does make you wonder, at times, how committed to winning some of the front offices are.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Forget all that noise. Who the hell voted less than a perfect 5 for this post? Show yourself coward… I rated it 5. Just saying.
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

I read the Leitch article, Jeff, and I know exactly how you feel. I went through it with Johan Santana and now maybe Joe Mauer. I am a fan of a team that would rather save money than win championships, and it sucks. It sucks to have an organization that refuses to do anything to address its most glaring needs, because “we don’t want to mortgage away our future”. A future that will never come because the front office keeps letting its best players walk and fails to fill any of its holes. All the while expecting the fans to simply put up and shut up and keep spending money.
-Erin
http://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Leitch was pretty much on the money except I don’t buy the premise that La Russa doesn’t like to play young players. He’s a got a pretty impressive list of youngsters he’s used and trusted from the beginning of his managerial career. I think it’s more that he doesn’t like young players who don’t listen or don’t know how to play than anything else.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/

That is scary…it would be like Jeter leaving the Yanks; Utley leaving the Phils; Wright leaving the Mets (although that one would not break my heart)…it’s just wrong. I hope Albert stays put!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Wow, I’m not even a Cardinals fan and this bugs me…unless of course His Machine-ness decided to make Arlington his new home. Then I’d just tease Cardinaldom with a very loud Nelson-from-The-Simpsons “nya-ha!” taunt. :^)

http://jonestein.mlblogs.com/

Jen — Scary as hell.
Julia — Mozeliak and Co. think we are satisfied with one WS I guess. We ain’t.
Tom — It was Allen. LOL.
Prince — Yeah, Rasmus, Ryan, Schumaker, hardly veterans, eh?
Jenn — You know who probably won’t be a Philly for life? Ryan Howard. Just got a feeling…
Jonestein — Nya-Ha!
–Jeff

If you guys lose Pujols you will be in a whole lot of trouble.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Basically, you guys are screwed without Pujols. It’s like losing Adrian Gonzalez or Jake Peavy for the Padres.
http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Dillon — You ain’t a lyin’.
Hyunyoung — Peavy they could live without… Gonzalez, not so much.
–Jeff

Make the bad man stop! The idea that Albert might not be with the cards someday before he retires is downright horrifying. Utterly unfathomable. I realize it is a possibility, but please stop. JM will surely do what he has to to make him stay when the time comes. You couldn’t write a scarier horror movie plot.

zbadcardsman — The good news is: this was written before Mo went out and made all those moves for Holliday, Smoltz, DeRosa and Lugo. I think AP (and Yadi) are pretty darn pleased with what has transpired… as are we Cardinal fans, so don’t get too down. They’ll be around for a while.
–Jeff

Thank you for you blog! Congrats to the STL Cardinals, the World Champions, and to the Texas Rangers, the AL Champions! A great series was has by all!

What a great seriies, and what great teams….the St: Cardinals and the Texas Rangers! I rooted for the Rangers in the AL Playoffs, but not in the World Series! :)

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