Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third basemanDavid Freese
(center) looks on during the ninth inning of game six of the MLB baseball World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
The St. Louis Cardinals learned some hard truths one week ago, but the empire continues to evolve with John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny in control.
Thanks to the 2013 Boston Red Sox, future Cardinals will not bring knives to gunfights with Moe and MM at the helm. Boston’s one gun named David Ortiz out hit the entire Cardinals offense (11 hits, 2 homers, 7 runs, 6 RBIs)which demonstrates many things. Mostly it proves that Papi is a monster.
It was nice for Boston to show the scary power of one-legged Allen Craig. Winning games and keeping games within reach with his leg and bat. It was inspiring for every fan of the game. AC is strong.
The World Series also uncovered the Redbirds flaws. There were many shortcomings in the Classic, and after a long season and tough run through Pittsburgh and LA, it was tough to watch. The Cardinals and their nation were helpless as Boston’s beards proved to B too Strong.
STL’s offense was pitiful. The RISP freaks vanished when it mattered and guys were stranded on bases every night like soldiers in the desert. Allen Craig, Matt Adams, David Freese, Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma and Shane Robinson all combined for 0 RBIs in the series.
It is misleading that the Cardinals .224 batting average topped Boston, who only boasted a .211 clip. What is revealing is that the Cards only had 11 RBIS in 6 games and Boston had 27. Matheny didn’t learn the Ortiz lesson until it was too late.
Thanks to Boston, the St. Louis front office knows that buying players can work. They can come together and go from last to best. Now all MLB teams, including the Rockies, Marlins, Astros, White Sox, Jays and even the Cubbies know that next year really is possible. It also helps when you spend mountains of cash.
It is amazing that Boston tied up the World Series Series (2-2) making the August 2014 regular season three game spectacular at funky Fenway much better. Perhaps the Sox will watch when the Cards get their 13th championship. As Grantland predicted, it could be while Obama is in office.
This month’s Thanksgiving holiday should bring Birdinals fans back to the feeling of thankfulness. The newest pennant in the rafters was a ridiculous ride that will never be forgotten, so be proud. Wear the STL and the Birds on the Bat with a smile because the lessons from 04’ taught Walt Jocketty and Tony LaRussa how to set up a winner in 06’.
However there are no guarantees in MLB. The World Series showcased an unprepared St. Louis squad that didn’t replace their utility guy and only acquired John Axford this summer. Nevertheless there may be better things to come after the educational experience of the Fall Classic for the Cards.
Oct 18, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (bottom) is doused by teammates in the clubhouse after game six of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports