Good luck to Mr Lamping. He will be missed. This club was a mess when he took over, and his tenure as Cardinals President has been nothing short of a renaissance. I wish him all the best in his new gig.
That being said, there is a good deal of angst in Cardinal Nation these days. I'm willing to give the new team president a chance to carve his own legacy, but he would be wise to earn back some of the goodwill that the club has blown these last few years.
my suggestions (for what they're worth) after the jump...
-First and foremost, cut down on the BS
I understand you're running a business, and you need to spew a little PR from time to time, but don't talk to us like we were born yesterday. Most of us have lived through at least one dark ages period with the club. We can live with rebuilding...we can live with injury decimated rosters...we can live with losing seasons...but please don't piss on our legs and tell us it's raining. This goes for everything from press releases to game broadcasts. Enough with the propaganda already!
-Don't drop the ball on Ballpark Village
I understand there's a lot of ins and outs and whathaveyous and it's near impossible to make everyone happy, but you created this mess when you demolished old Busch, now it's on YOU - not the taxpayers - to make it right.
-More games on FREE TV
Pretty self explanatory. In case you hadn't noticed, not everyone in this economy is doing so well at the moment. Plenty of Cards fans do not subscribe to cable or satellite, and you're tuning them out by cutting down on the free broadcasts.
-Freshen up the broadcasts with some young blood
I'm not trying to pick on anyone in particular, but I feel the broadcasts across the board have gotten pretty stale. Bring in a voice who speaks to those of us born after 1975.
All I'm really saying is, don't take the fans for granted. You can get away with a lot of crap when the club is winning, but if you want the fans to stick around during the lean years, you need to throw them a bone once in a while.
Now good luck to you, Mr DeWitt - you've got a tough act to follow.