There’s been enough news this week to wake me from my blogging slumber.
First, we found out that Edmonds is having foot surgery which will likely make him unavailable for spring training. They except he’ll be good to go for opening day. Please Hammer Toe, don’t hurt him!
Yesterday Mark McGwire fell well short of the votes he’d need to gain access to the Hall of Fame. This is not really a surprise, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it. His weasly court testimony is hard to ignore, but it’s also hard to forget the great memories he gave us, particularly during that magical Maris-hunting summer. It will be interesting to see how future votes go. Will people forgive and forget? Will a revelation such as "everybody was doing it" change opinions? Would a confession and plea for forgiveness help or hurt? For what it’s worth, I would have voted for him, but I think my ballot must have gotten lost in the mail.
Today it was announced that Mark Mulder is a Cardinal again, with a $13 million 2-year deal. If he’s really healthy, this is good news, but I can’t get too excited about it until I see some evidence.
Mulder is done. Stick
a fork in him. Or, in this
case, a Marlin’s spear.
I only saw a little bit of tonight’s game, but I see one big positive in the loss. The Cards did not give up. They battled back to make a game of it and gave themselves a chance to win it in the 9th. That to me shows this team does have heart and a drive to win, and those qualities should serve them well during this final push to the playoffs. Yes, Cardinal Girl still believes. Kinda.
It was clear to most of us that Mulder was not ready to come back. What made Tony and Dave think that if he got shelled in his last game at Memphis, he would be a-okay in the Bigs? Bringing him up smacked of our desperation, and it was a terrible decision. It’s really bad for his mental game too. Even if he can physically come back next year and pitch well, he might suffer from Ankeil syndrome, especially if they give him another start next week and he gets pounded again.
Mulder’s return was
ill-advised, as was choice to
pinch hit So for Dunc.
Mulder shelled; offense
battles back. Spezio seems
to be over flu.
Mulder gets shelled.
Pujols gets injured. I cry
like weeping willow.