Yesterday was a dark day in St. Louis, for a combination of reasons, but it should be a day to remember for when this team finally turns things around.
The St. Louis Cardinals playoff hopes effectively ended last night. With a loss to the Chicago Cubs and a win by the Colorado Rockies, too much has to happen for this team to return to the postseason. This season has been a roller coaster ride for fans; unfortunately, it has been more downs than ups. Yesterday though, was the biggest down of the season, and it’s not close.
Last night the Cardinals as a whole, including the team, management and front office, should have gotten the biggest wakeup call they have received in this tumultuous season. Last night, the Chicago Cubs celebrated winning the NL Central title at Busch Stadium on the field. That right there should put a fire in the belly of everyone in the franchise.
Your biggest rival just embarrassed you on the field and then had their celebration on your pitcher’s mound. After that they sprayed champagne and beer all over your locker room, celebrating a title that was synonymous with St. Louis for a long time. If this doesn’t inspire the Cardinals to make a change, nothing will.
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This season was a disaster. Let’s not mince words on this.
The team was supposed to be revamped and ready to take on the Cubs. Mozeliak should already be in a room with Girsch and Dewitt going over options for bringing this team back to the playoffs in 2018.
If some inspiration is needed, go and print out a picture of the Cubs waving a big W flag on the field of Busch Stadium.
Take that photo, stick it on your desk and look at it every day. That should anger everyone in the organization to no end.
Yesterday, the Cardinals were beat by a better team. For the 2017 season, they were beat by a few better teams. In 2018, they need to be a much improved team, and that starts with the front office. Improvements have to be made to the roster construction. A better product on the field can go a long way in returning this team back to its former glory.
Hopefully the front office is as angry as I am. Missing the playoffs two years in a row should be a signal to the front office that things need to change.