Ok some of you may think this is just about Jimmy Ed, but it's not. I was just talking to my mother (a hardcore cardinals fan ever since she first watched Bob Gibson and Stan Musial play together) and we agreed about something. An era is comming to an end this off season. I'm not saying it's a bad thing or that I'm against the so called "Youth Movement", but it still deserves a moment.
This era could be called all kinds of things and incompasis a wide range of players. This was the era of Jocketty, LaRussa, and Edmonds. This era was defined more then anything by heart. This was not really the razel dazel of the El Birdos group, or the hardnosed baseball of the Gashouse Gang. This was an era of humble stars, and over preducing players. The first player I think of in this generation is Big Mac himself. Say what you want about Big Mac, he saved baseball. There was Jimmy Baseball who came to us as a lazy stuck up player, and ended up the captain. There was Steve Kline who truly did love to play in St. Louis. There was Will Clark filling in for the injured Big Mac, and just glad to be here. There was Tino Martinez, who was a fallen star. There was Rick Ankiel, who was great, then not, and thene rose from the ashes. There was DK. Even Woody Willems and Matt Morris. The Benes brothers. And at the end of the era even extreme over acciver Jeff Weaver. Rolen was also in this time period, but it's looking like his day's are over. I don't know if this is an exeptable diary, but if not then Larry please deleat it, but I just couldn't stop thinking about this. The biggest thing is that I am 19 years old, and as my mother and I agreed, when I "grow up" I'll be telling my kids about the players of this era.
Good luck to the future cards, and on with the "youth movement."