What an amazing middle finger to Colby Rasmus!

I thought I was tough on Colby Rasmus.
I trashed him when he was whining at the end of the 2010 season.
That prompted his defenders to start writing to me, saying he was one of the 20 most valuable players in the game. (?)

I poked fun at him when he was dealt to Toronto and wondered where he was watching the World Series as the Cardinals won without him.

And of course some readers thought I was overly harsh and unfair.
(I realize that he is a major leaguer and I’m not and I don’t have 1/1,000,000th of his talent. I would also know not to whine myself off of the Cardinals.)

But my blog posts are not nearly as brutal as this picture I found on the CN Jersey’s website.

They sell uniforms of many of the Cardinal players from last year’s World Series.
Sure there is Carpenter and Pujols and others.

But a Rasmus Cardinals uniform with the 2011 World Series patch on it?
He was sitting on his Barcalounger watching the game, drinking a Schlitz during the World Series.

He was already a member of the Blue Jays while the pitchers he was traded for, Octavio Dotel, Edwin Jackson and Marc Rzepczynski (sic), were helping St. Louis clinch a title.

Rasmus is 25 now. This is the time he should be breaking out. Instead the 2009 season remains his high water mark. He was rotten in 35 games with Toronto at the end of last year and this year, has been plodding along at a .232 average and an unimpressive .708 OPS.

He DOES have 3 more homers this year than Albert Pujols.

In 2009, when Rasmus was a Rookie of the Year candidate and Pujols was running away with back to back MVPs, the two looked like they were going to be the foundation of many great Cardinals titles to come.

If St. Louis had announced at the end of the 2009 season that they were signing Pujols to an 8 year extension and locking Rasmus up beyond his arbitration and first year of Free Agency, the Cardinals would have been praised as a great long term thinking organization.

Here we are in 2012, Rasmus and Pujols are struggling. The Cardinals got 3 pitchers for Rasmus who helped win a title, will get 2 picks for Pujols and a decade of salary relief.

And oh yeah, the Cardinals are in first place.

They are indeed a great long tern thinking organization.

As for this Rasmus jersey? I’m just glad they are being sold as “Replicas.”

I do NOT think this was a mistake.
I think there was someone there who is a Cardinal fan who thought “F— that guy.”

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Matt Carpenter is topping Albert Pujols

Remember how the defection of Albert Pujols from the World Champion Cardinals seemed so devastating?

Remember how it represented everything wrong in baseball? How it symbolized greed over loyalty? How Pujols turned his back on a great legacy for the selfish satisfaction of a payday? How the proud Cardinals franchise was stripped and the Angels were about to buy themselves more wins?

Well now we are a month into the season.
Yes there are 5 more months to go, so there is a lot of baseball to be played.

But a month is not a SMALL sample size either.
As of right now, the poor Cardinals are 14-8, tied for second best in the National League and leading the division by 3 games.

The Angels are a mess. They are 8-15 already 9 games behind the Rangers.

And how is the first base slot doing for the Cardinals?
Matt Carpenter is out hitting, out slugging and has an OPS more than 200 points higher than Pujols.

In the home run department? Carpenter has infinitely more.
1 to 0.

Will this last? I’d say “Of course not” but we’ve all been expecting for Pujols to bust out. If that happens it will be this month and not last.

And oh yeah. He’s making $11.5 million less than Pujols.

The Angels had better hope this is the yips.
Pujols is on contract for this Presidential election, the next one and the one after that.

The Cardinals? Could they have dodged one of the biggest bullets in baseball history?

It’s early. (But not THAT early.)
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Bobby V has led the Sox to their best start in years… no really

The Red Sox are .500.
And seeing that the Sox started 2010 and 2011 with losing months, this means that this is the best Sox start since 2009.

Bobby V can honestly say “This is the best start the Red Sox have had since their last playoff appearance.”

He can also say “This is the best start the team has had this decade.”

He wouldn’t be lying.

Never has a .500 start been this surreal.

One minute the Red Sox can’t beat anyone, no matter how big their lead is.
Then the next they win 6 of 7 on the road.
Then they run up the score and let the A’s right back in it.

Everyone hates Bobby.
Nobody can pitch.
The bullpen is a disaster.

The rotation then looks good.
And the bullpen pitches well.

They were 4-10 when they limped out of Boston.
After tonight they are 11-11.

It isn’t going to be an ordinary year in Boston, folks.
I still don’t think this is a contender. I stand by my 85 win prediction. It will just be the road less traveled to 85 wins.

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