The 2018 St. Louis Cardinals have been a roller coaster of a ride. Psst, so were the 2017 Cardinals. I find myself at a point where I’m just finished with this team. Or am I?
The St. Louis Cardinals were out of it all this season when Mike Matheny was the manager. We had all written the team off despite them carrying an above-.500 average. Then the hammer dropped and Matheny was gone.
August brought with it incredible energy for the St. Louis Cardinals under their new manager, Mike Shildt. I fell in love once again. Then August faded into a quiet September despite the shot in the arm of the expanded rosters.
I was falling out of love with the Cardinals. In fact, the mistress that is typical for this time of year- NCAA football- was starting to entice with her sexy appeal.
But yet, the St. Louis Cardinals were bubbling back into view and keeping me strung along as they couldn’t decide to love me back, hate me, abuse me, or thrill me. I was still the relationship with hopes of what should or could be coming.
It seems that like an abusive relationship, I keep coming back every single time the Cardinals do something good or exciting and then I’m disappointed when the team smacks me around by losing when it needs to win– in games when the Cards could pick up ground.
Fast-forward to this Brewers series. I found myself excited going into this series as this could have lasting impact on the season. Surely my Cardinals would show up and take 2-of-3… Then, the first game of the series started – a bullpen game for the Brewers – and the Cards crumbled.
But is it fair to say that they crumbled? They did have some spark in game one. Then game two started and the Cardinals were looking up at a 6-0 deficit. I was officially done.
I was out.
This team was done.
This team didn’t deserve to go to postseason.
I cannot believe I wasted another night watching…
WAIT! Yadier Molina slammed a 3-run home run and the St. Louis Cardinals were right back in the competition.
Then the Cards surrendered another run. Now the deficit was 7-4. Not out of the question but I was seriously doubting the team that I want to love.
Aaaaannnnddddd, I was right. Well sorta. The Cardinals excited me so much when they loaded the bases. Surely the team would manage to pick up a few runs here, right?
As of the time of this writing, the St. Louis Cardinals are still trailing 7-4. Things might change but they might not.
Let me say this, I want the Cardinals to play well and I want them to go to the postseason. At the same time, I am realistic that this team has many holes and those holes are likely going to be exploited by the competition such that a postseason berth could be short-lived.
To h3ll with the nay-saying: Let’s go all the way!!
Until you hurt me again, Cardinals, I’m in. Let’s make this happen.