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You wanted proof. Tangible, real proof that the Cardinals weren't that good. Proof that those pre-season expectations of championship #11 were nothing more than cockeyed optimism. Proof that this collection of men didn't want to play postseason baseball.

A 3 game losing streak against the 2 worst teams in the National League? That's proof.

Many of you aren't going to agree. You're going to point to the fact that there is over a month of baseball is left and that nothing is guaranteed in this sport. You're going to talk yourself into that 3 game series over Labor Day weekend as the make or break moment
for the Cardinals. You're going to call reactionary articles like this one a pile of bullshit.

Go for it. We'll remind you of this one when we're wondering just what the fuck happened on fan appreciation night.

What is more angering than just about anything is that we don't have anyone to blame but the guys sucking ass on the field. Bill DeWitt spent the money in the off-season. Tony LaRussa has made some questionable calls, but nothing too outlandish. Worst of all, 4 players on the 25 man roster will be in the top 10 of MVP votes and Cy Young votes when we close the books on 2010.

Seriously... what the fuck.

Baseball, more than any other sport, besides golf, is a game where concentration over extended periods of time is a key factor in winning. Lapses in focus don't happen quickly and then disappear. It's a conscience effort by players to not be able to bear down and beat inferior teams. The reasons why this happens can be hazy, but the side-effects it produces are unmistakable: losses against teams you have to beat.

The 2010 edition of the Cardinals is a loathsome bunch. They don't seem to give a shit that they spent 4 extra innings to lose to an awful team. They can't really get fired up after losing 2 of 3 to the Pirates at the same time their whole organization is in turmoil from having confidential financial information leaked. It's just one big 'awww gezzz' Mr. Media man, we'll get 'em next
time.

Fuck man. Let's talk turkey. These guys got no sack. The apple bag is empty.

The main reason the Cardinals don't have a shot at hell at the playoffs is simple- no one on this roster is man enough to lose their shit at their teammates. To call their slack ass play out. To put some heat on in the kitchen. It's excuses and more excuses. What is it really? Pathetic.

The Cardinals have just now pissed away another year of Pujols' prime with a group of guys that wouldn't fight you if walked up and punched them in the face. Who knew just how spineless this bunch would become. For the love of all that is sane... the fucking RAMS were more interesting than the Cardinals in the heat of a playoff race. The RAMS might not win a regular season game in 2010!

Time to start putting those moving trucks on reserve, Johnny Mo. I speak for many in Cardinal Nation when we say we'd rather have guys that want to fight. And if it means shipping out most of the guys you're paying now to make that happen? Go for it.

You can't grow a spine in the off-season.

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Twitterand CardsDisapora.com and STL SB Nation.

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mikemcdaj
# mikemcdaj
Friday, August 27, 2010 3:36 AM
You do realise that means pujols as well right? He is the best player on the team and he should be the one to light the fire under everyone in the clubhouse and he does not do that. He is the best player in baseball I will not dispute that but he is not a leader in the clubhouse like he should be. lets get three all stars for the price of one that doesnt lead the team.
Easygoin22
# Easygoin22
Friday, August 27, 2010 7:24 AM
And who would those 3 all-stars be exactly??
Z-Bomb
# Z-Bomb
Friday, August 27, 2010 7:56 AM
Mo shipped out this team'a leader - Rolen - because Tony didn't want him around. Pujols and Molina rule the clubhouse, but they are not leaders.
afanger
# afanger
Friday, August 27, 2010 8:17 AM
hooks. i agree.

we have the best player in baseball. 2 of the best pitchers in baseball. and we are going to miss the playoffs. even if we sneak in we won't get past the second round. our lineup sucks. franklin sucks.

the only positive that could come out of this season is a triple crown from pujols, which would be cool, and TLR leaving town, finally.
Lief
# Lief
Friday, August 27, 2010 8:58 AM
Trade Pujols NOW!!
mzipprich6
# mzipprich6
Friday, August 27, 2010 9:40 AM
Agree, let Pujols walk, cause unless you're ready for 5-7 years of this baseball, this is what it will be. IF we sign pujols, that means the 4 guys getting paid are Pujols, Wainright, Holliday, and (fill in the blank). The rest are scrubs, aka AAAA players. Welcome to baseball hell folks. Trade Pujols now get something in return, and then take the money you were going to sign him with, and sign 3-4 all stars.
Easygoin22
# Easygoin22
Friday, August 27, 2010 10:17 AM
Trade Pujols to who and for what?? For everyone that thinks that is such a good idea, let's see some examples.
coowguy
# coowguy
Friday, August 27, 2010 10:49 AM
It does suck that another year is wasted. The problem I have with trading Pujols is that you are trading a player in his prime who is about to ask for boat load of money. The amount of money he is going to ask for is going to be astronomical (especially if he isn't a Cardinal). The only teams that could afford a $26-$30 Million/year contract are the Red Sox, the Yankees, the Angels, the Dodgers (if they weren't going through a divorce), the Orioles (but who the hell wants to play for them), Seattle (read the Orioles comment), and the Cubs (OH HELL NO!). Realistically after going through that list you have to knock down the most likely suitors to be the Red Sox, Yankees, Angels and Cubs (since Derek Lee is not there any longer). Pujols wants to win now so that knocks the Cubs out. The Yankees don't have enough talent in the minor leagues who are making minimum dollars to get a player like Pujols AND they have Teixeira. The Red Sox have some interesting talent, but not that much and then they would have to deal with Big Papi. So you'd have to find a team who has the money to pay him (you don't want to only rent him), you'd have to find a team who would be willing to trade as much talent as they would need to make this deal work AND the Cardinals would have to deal with the biggest backlash that this ownership has EVER encountered in dealing away arguably the greatest or 2nd greatest Cardinal player of all time. I DON'T THINK SO! A trade is not possible. Could the Cards lose him in Free Agency, oh yeah...very possible...but a trade ain't gonna happen. This isn't fantasy baseball you jerks. Use your brains and think about the fact that a trade has to involve at least 2 teams, possible three that have something they want and something they are willing to part with to get that something that they want.
mzipprich6
# mzipprich6
Friday, August 27, 2010 11:25 AM
Coowguy and Easygoin,
Then enjoy a shitty team when 2/3 of your payroll goes towards 4 players. Examples is not what I'm here for, make me the GM, let me call around, then I can get back to you on exacts. Then offer 19 million a year, if he doesn't take it, adios, trade or let walk away.
brockohol
# brockohol
Friday, August 27, 2010 1:40 PM
With ya coowguy...I have been hearing for years how we should do this or that but no one has a reason/solution for doing so. Trade Pujols for what??? No one has the answer. Its like arguing with a religious nut when they just keep answering "because God said so." He is going to make a lot of money because he fucking deserves it. He is awesome and no one is consistently as good as he is. Think about what your saying..."trade the best player in the game" what??? "trade one of the top 3 hitters in baseball history in his prime" really??? Yeah, sounds like a great idea...

Go Blues
Evil Monkey
# Evil Monkey
Friday, August 27, 2010 8:58 PM
Pujols is at least 34. His career will start a downhill slide in 2 years. Mark it.
mzipprich6
# mzipprich6
Monday, August 30, 2010 11:36 AM
I'd say 32-35 sounds about right.

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