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Predictions! and UPDATE: rant from fan

Well, here goes.  We’ll check back after the season and see how close I was.

AL EAST:

1. Boston Red Sox
2. Toronto Blue Jays
3. New York Yankees
4. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
5. Baltimore Orioles

AL CENTRAL:

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Cleveland Indians
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Kansas City Royals

AL WEST:

1. Los Angeles Angels
2. Oakland Athletics
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Texas Rangers

AL WILDCARD: Cleveland Indians

NL EAST:

1. New York Mets
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. Atlanta Braves
4. Washington Nationals
5. Florida Marlins

NL CENTRAL:

1. Cubs
2. Milwaukee
3. Cardinals
4. Cincinnati
5. Houston
6. Pittsburgh

NL WEST:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Colorado Rockies
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
4. San Diego Padres
5. San Francisco Giants

NL WILDCARD: Colorado Rockies

PLAYOFFS

NLDS1: Mets vs Rockies
WINNER: Mets in 3

NLDS2: Cubs vs Dodgers
WINNER: Cubs in 5

NLCS: Cubs vs Mets
WINNER: Mets in 5

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ALDS1: Tigers vs Indians
WINNER: Tigers in 3

ALDS2: Angels vs Red Sox
WINNER: Red Sox in 3

ALCS: Tigers vs Red Sox
WINNER: TIGERS in 6

WORLD SERIES:

NEW YORK METS VERSUS DETROIT TIGERS
WINNER: Detroit Tigers in 7

There ya go…gonna be a long year for Cards’ fans, but not for Tigers’ fans.

ALSO, wanted to add this post on Hogville.net from a Cardinals fan named Ralph…thanks for permission to share this, Ralph! Great post…

I need to rant…..

Let me say that I have been a
passionate Cards fan as long as I’ve been a passionate Hog fan which is
to say, my entire life.  I was four years old in 1982 when the
Cardinals beat Robin Yount and the Brew Crew for the World Series
Championship.  I cried when we lost to Kirby Puckett (r.i.p.), Jack
"Big Game Pitcher" Morris, and the Minnesota Twins.  I still want to
punch Don Denkinger in the testicles.  I have loved the Cards through
Whitey, Red, Joe, Jorgensen, and La Russa.  It has been an amazing ride
from mountain top to valley and back again loving the CARDS all the way.

What
bothers me is the attitude towards winning within the current
ownership.  I feel as though we are becoming the Cubs.  I don’t think
any objective baseball fan could argue that the Cubs organization has
been in the pursuit of championships until the past 6 or 7 years.  The
Cubs have always personified the "Hey, let’s get folks to the park,
drink a lot of beer, sing ‘Take Me Out To the Ball Game’, enjoy our
quaint, old stadium and go home" attitude for at least a generation.  I
am afraid the Cardinals are heading down this same prim rose path to
mediocrity and complacency.  I know the Cardinals are just two years
removed from a World Series Championship and that they have won the
N.L. Pennant twice and been to the NLCS five times under La Russa.
These are great accomplishments and I am proud of them.  However, there
does not seem to be a commitment from the front office to building and
maintaining championship caliber teams.

I have long wondered why
the Cardinals purse strings have been so stingy given the enormous
revenue and nationwide fan support enjoyed by the organization.
Baseball writer and historian Peter Gammons has remarked several times
on ESPN that Saint Louis is THE best baseball town in America, bar
none.  Why with all this support do the owners not pony up the dough to
compete not only with the N.L. but their high spending A.L.
counterparts? 

Tony La Russa remarked in "Three Nights In
August" that front offices were moving away from "Baseball Men" and
more toward "Business Men."  Never has this been more apparent than the
recent dismissal of Walt Jocketty.  Jocketty was and is the
quintessential "baseball man."  Jocketty has a love and a passion for
the game as well as a commitment to winning seldom seen in today’s
front offices.  Jocketty approaches baseball from a historical
perspective, not the bottom line.  His exodus from the organization is
an enormous loss and I’m not sure the Cardinals will recover any time
soon.  After all, "baseball men" are becoming a rare commodity in
ba$eball today.

Remember when the Cardinals had as many as 6
Gold Glove winners on the starting roster?  Remember Rolen, Renteria,
Vina, Pujols, Edmonds, Matheny? Remember how dominant the Cards were
defensively?  Tell me, who has been the everyday second baseman since
Fernando Vina’s departure?  Why did we let Renteria get away?  WHY THE
HECK IS JIMMY EDMONDS NOT RETIRING IN A CARDINAL UNIFORM?  THE SAME
GOES FOR SCOTT ROLEN!  Where is the commitment to keeping these type
players in Saint Louis?

All of this and I haven’t even asked why
we have no flamethrowers on the pitching staff or in the bull pen.  All
of this and I haven’t asked why Hal McRae is still wearing a Cardinals
jersey.  (Perhaps we could get rid of him if he threw another one of
his infamous, phone throwing, f-bomb temper tantrums that made him all
the rage in K.C.)

I love the Cardinals and will always love the
Cardinals.  I just wish the ownership would recognize and be motivated
by the tremendous passion of Cardinal Nation.

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