St Louis Cardinals 2020 season

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And he pitched against Koufax, Marichal, Spahn, Maloney, Veale, Lonborg, McLain, and every other teams ace. I am fortunate to have the '68 teams Sports Illustrated cover, autographed, hanging on the wall. The baseball gods of my childhood.
 
Would you want the Cards to "overpay" for Yadi to stay and retire a Cardinal? He seems determined to play 2 more years.
Can't say yet. If it's another team like we have this year where they float along with their nose just above the slime of mediocrity, why not? They won't be going anywhere in the playoffs so they may as well keep the face of the franchise in the clubhouse. On the other hand if they actually spend the money and re-stock the team with quality players to the point they don't have enough left over to "overpay" Yadi then I guess we will see him again when he retires and puts on the red jacket.
 
Gibby and Brock were my childhood heroes. It's been a difficult month losing both of them but I have known their health has been failing for a few years. I'm glad they are not suffering.

Back in the 60's I started to follow the Cardinals because of my dad but I stayed because of the great teams and men like Gibson. His fiery temperament amazed me. He wouldn't let his son win when they played checkers. He had to win at everything. He was on the Globetrotters but quit after one year because he wanted to win and they wanted to put on a show. When ever they passed the ball to him he went straight to the basket and shot.

He wrote (or had someone write for him) a book called "From Ghetto to Glory". It was in my grade school's library. I read it a couple of times. It taught me a lot.

He explained how he would sign an autograph for anyone who asked my not to be rude about it. If he's eating dinner wait until he was finished. People often times asked him how much money he made. When he wouldn't say many replied it was too much money. He spoke of living in the ghetto in Tulsa. I was amazed. I thought ghettos were only in large cities. He told of the time he was bitten by a rat. I could not imagine having rats in our home. I first learned of racism from the pages of his book. It was fascinating to me as I had never experienced it. He talked about going to Spring Training in Florida in the 50's and 60's and not being able to stay at the same hotel with the rest of the team or eat in the same restaurants. He resisted but did so with dignity. I guess that is one of the reasons I am troubled by the racial troubles of today. Men like Gibson and King accomplished more with little or no violence.

I have thought about his book a great deal over the years. About 10 years ago I was delighted to find it on the bookshelf at a local library and when I flipped through the pages I was stunned to discover it was a book written for children. I never noticed it when I first read it. What a great idea.

In Rick Hummel's Post Dispatch tribute. he wrote:

(In the 1964 World Series)


Because of Gibson I thought every teams best pitcher was supposed to pitch games 1,5 and 7. Well that was before the playoffs were expanded and you needed him to pitch in the earlier series too so things changed.

It wasn't until years later I learned some of the great stories about Bob.
There are hundreds of other stories.

I was sad that he stayed too long in the game. When I looked at other all time greats clinging to the game it reminded me of Gibson. They have such a fire it's hard for them to turn it off.
His career ERA was 2.91. His last full season as a starter was 1974. He was 38 and his ERA was 3.83. His WHIP 1.417. His career average was 1.188. Clearly he had lost it and yet he came back one more year. After a few starts they put him in the bullpen. That was a slap in his face from his perspective but his ERA 5.04 and WHIP 1.670. He retired mid season.

One more thing I remember was laying on the floor listening to the radio and he frequently would strike out all 3 batters on just 9 pitches. I thought that was typical. Ah the ignorance of youth.
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Thanks for this, wpr. Great post.
 
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Would you want the Cards to "overpay" for Yadi to stay and retire a Cardinal? He seems determined to play 2 more years.
I think I’d overpay. He’s still got some pop in the bat and really does command a great game from behind the plate. I am really curious how this season would have gone if Covid hadn’t shaken everything up. We had so much young talent that needed time to gel. Having a mature veteran could pay dividends in helping that process along. I feel similarly with Waino.
 
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I think I’d overpay. He’s still got some pop in the bat and really does command a great game from behind the plate. I am really curious how this season would have gone if Covid hadn’t shaken everything up. We had so much young talent that needed time to gel. Having a mature veteran could pay dividends in helping that process along. I feel similarly with Waino.
I treat Waino completely differently. He pitches every 5 days, not every game. Is willing to pitch in the BP if necessary. And, is willing to do a smaller guarantee with performance bonuses.
 
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How is our Randy Arozarena trade looking right now?
 
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Hey, I wish we had Randy's production now, but you'll have a more definite answer after Libatore gets to the big squad.
I appreacite that, I almost forgot about him. I’m not sure Randy would have helped this years team but he certainly seems to be a talent. Libatore‘s future seems to be bright though.
 
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