St. Louis Cardinals: The Crowd always wins in the end

John Mozeliak looks on from the stands during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 28, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
John Mozeliak looks on from the stands during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 28, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently being helmed by two men who likely are doing a better job than we all think. The Crowd will win, but should it?

In the field of psychology, there is a metaphorical term called, “The Crowd.” I am not a psychologist, a psychology major, or anyone qualified, but I have read enough books to know how this could apply to the St. Louis Cardinals. It may not apply to the Cardinals as a whole, but it definitely does to their leader, the man in charge, John Mozeliak.

In general, the St. Louis Cardinals know what the fan pulse is. It may not seem like it, they may not act like it, but they know what fans are complaining about and they know who they want gone. That being said, a Lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep. As bad as I feel calling all fans sheep, until the dislike of a player or front office member leaks into attendance numbers, why would the ownership care what some fans think?

Again though, it’s when those opinions of the metaphorical “Crowd” start to affect what ownership cares about (attendance) that things start to get real for them and in the end, the Crowd always wins. The Crowd starts to happen when enough people in a group start thinking the same way and that snowballs to the point where opinions can’t get changed, and in certain historical instances, things can get ugly.

That is why I believe John Mozeliak might be fearful of losing his job.

For years there has been at least some pocket of fans that have disliked the smooth-talking General Manager/President of Baseball Operations, but it hasn’t been until this season that the voice of that ever-growing crowd have gotten loud enough for the laymen fan to hear.

When dealing with “The Crowd,” there is only one way to deal with it. You either end the crowd or give it what it wants. In this situation, Bill Dewitt cannot end the crowd because they are the only thing keeping him afloat. That’s why the Crowd can be so powerful.

At the end of the day, if enough fans are sharpening their pitchforks and storming the gates of Busch Stadium clamoring for Mo’s head on a stick, Dewitt wouldn’t think twice about throwing him out. He can’t afford the alternative.

As much as some fans might want that to happen, I really don’t believe it’s a good idea.

Call this the midnight clamorings of a tired blogger, but I don’t think some fans realize how smart Mo is.

It looks really bad right now. I understand that. There are a lot of current contracts that are tying the Cardinals’ hands, all given out by Mo. Dexter Fowler, Miles Mikolas, Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, and even Paul Goldschmidt all look like players with contracts they shouldn’t have right now, but I don’t think we can call them all misses yet.

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This isn’t Mozeliak typing away in disguise, but I feel like if Mo were on a different team and he was replaced by a man who spends like fans want him to, the team would be in a bad spot, and Mo would do great.

Mo has hit on some bad luck lately, but in life, everyone is going to remember the bad things way easier than the good.

Fans on Facebook complain when Mo doesn’t resign the fan favorites, but now he’s ripped when he does. People say he has lost his skill at evaluating talent, but do you really think Mo is watching every play by every affiliate of the team? It’d be impossible for him to do that. Mo is too high up to do all the talent evaluating by himself. He has people that report to him and then he decides how to play things.

His most recent decisions haven’t quite been the best though.

Mo is the scapegoat. He shouldn’t be, but at a certain point, there is nobody else to fill that role. He is aware of everything that the public thinks, but people are fickle and can’t handle adversity when their players aren’t performing. A postseason drought like this one is not great by any means, and fans have the right to be upset, but I believe that firing Mo won’t fix things.

He’s had an unlucky go of things, and especially this year when the roster is underperforming as a whole, and while it’s his roster, he is also responsible for the “dynasty” the Cardinals had from the late 00’s to the mid-2010s.

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Sometimes people just need a change of scenery. Sometimes, a team just needs a new man in charge. Lot’s of you are going to disagree with a lot of what I’ve said here, but if Mo is fired, don’t be surprised to see him go and lead another team into the spotlight of their division. Bad luck happens to everyone. Statistically, the teams the last few years had a chance to be much better than they were, but obviously, things don’t always go how they are expected.