SAN DIEGO, CA – JUNE 30: Harrison Bader #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Franmil Reyes #32 of the San Diego Padres during the third inning of a baseball game at Petco Park June 30, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Harrison Bader: Spiderman
Let’s see… a young guy, moves through the air quickly and is being promoted by the league as a future star and leader of the organization? Harrison Bader is clearly Spider-Man. The MCU desperately wants Spider-Man to be the face of their next phase. While this edition of Peter Parker has shown that he is definitely able to do so, Bader has some work to do. That being said, his defensive prowess is reminiscent of the first section of this clip:
Spider-Man is probably more beloved than Harrison Bader is at the moment. If Bader can produce consistently at the plate, however, he has the defensive ability, highlight-reel plays, and charisma to become a next-level superstar. There’s a long line of great St. Louis center fielders. Cardinal fans would rejoice if Bader joins them.
Paul Goldschmidt: Thor
Last but not least, Paul Goldschmidt is Thor. Except for the long-haired version of Noah Syndergaard, there are few ballplayers who resemble this mighty Avenger. Goldschmidt says it how it is, and he carries a big stick. In fact, check out this story about Goldschmidt’s connection to his bat. Seems like Goldy is trying to steal Thor’s thunder a bit (pun intended).
When the Cardinals had failed to make it back to the playoffs, they traded for Paul Goldschmidt. When the Avengers get back together in Endgame, it is Thor they go and recruit to lead them. Arizona is like Asgard– Goldschmidt established himself as a force to be reckoned with, and now he’s ready to lead the team. Every team needs a slugger who strikes fear into the other side, and just like Thor, Paul Goldschmidt is a powerful presence for the Cardinals.
I think the Avengers might be better at baseball than the St. Louis Cardinals would be at fighting villains. That being said, the comparisons between the two teams are very strong. If John Mozeliak has some Nick Fury-type moves up his sleeve, that would be even better.
What other groups do the St. Louis Cardinals bear a resemblance to? We seem to be getting closer to a season, but until then, let’s see what other comparisons are out there. As always, stay safe out there, and go Cards.