Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor

ryan theriot.jpgUm… okay.  So this is what happens when Brendan Ryan becomes better known for a poorly marketed pornstache than his actual comeuppance as an everyday St. Louis Cardinals shortstop.  Oh, wait.  No comeuppance?  He sucks?  My bad.

Which is sorta why I haven’t really said much this offseason about my dearly beloved Redbirds.  What’ s there to say?  Jake Westbrook signed?  Okay.  Cool.  We traded Blake Hawksworth for Ryan Theriot?  M’kay… nice.  I guess.  Can we guarantee that Skip Schumaker won’t take another step backwards?  How about facing the fact that closer Ryan Franklin really ain’t cut out to be a closer?  And then…???

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I still haven’t really gotten over the crapfest that was the second half of the 2010 season.  No one likes a sore loser, but goddamn it if I ain’t still sore as hell!  Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter… YADIER MOLINA. 

Friends, Romans, Cubs fans… those names command a division title.


And that’s what I want.  At the very least, we ought to be slaying the Reds, the Cubs and whatever other foe floats carelessly towards the top. 

Does Ryan Theriot magically make that happen?  Uh… no.  In fact, as a hitter, Baseball Reference has Theriot matched up with the likes of Aaron Miles, Jason Bartlett and former St. Louis Brown, Ernie Johnson.  And while Bartlett had one good year, let’s not get too excited over these comparisons; ‘cuz frankly, there’s little that breeds excitement.

Yes, maybe Theriot will solve the leadoff problem that has crippled the Cardinals in recent years.  Then again, he probably won’t.  He’s gotta beat out Brendo and Skippy for a job first, which for us anticipating fans, is sorta like having to vote from a pool of John Kerry, George W. Bush and a bowl of potato salad.

Which one is the bowl of potato salad?  I’ll leave that up to you.

Hate me ‘cuz I’m still bitter, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.





  1. sshredder

    Heh, Bobby Jenks just became availalbe, but I’m not sure he’s the solution the Cards are looking for either.

  2. redstatebluestate

    Ahhhh! SShredder, no, no Bobby Jenks. I’d rather have Franklin than Bobby. Like the White Sox, I’m a bit tired of Bobby’s inconsistencies.

  3. bigideas

    Do the cards want to over pay for a World Series MVP?

    I hear he’s on the market.

    Why didn’t the Cards sign Uribe?

    Now he will forever be known as BoOoOoOOOoo-Ribe.

    Im not bitter or anything.


    The Three Bs “BoOoooO-Ribe”

  4. redstatebluestate

    Shaun — No, obviously we only overpay for outfielders who drop the ball in playoff games in L.A. (ahem, Holliday)…. did I say that? My bad.

  5. redstatebluestate

    Sorry, Jane, but in my opinion, Kerry has the appeal and zeal of a wet blanket. A flip-flopper’s delight, he’s been a yes-man his whole political career. I voted for him too… not that I wanted to… just didn’t have a better choice… yet he still managed to lose to Dubya… ugh.

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