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In honor of Bud Norris signing, here are some Cardinals “respecting the game” - A Hunt and Peck

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St Louis Cardinals v San Diego Padres

A little over twenty-four hours after the Cubs announced the team signed free agent pitcher Yu Darvish to six-year deal worth up to $150 million, $126 guaranteed as reported by Ken Rosenthal , the Cardinals announced their counter-move*.

Signing Bud Norris.

Yeah, as Craig Edwards stated earlier today, “the optics are not great”. They are even worse when you consider Bud Norris has some pretty garbage opinions about how non-American born (this particular instance seems to be directed specifically toward Latino) players should play baseball. You can read the stomach-churning comments in full here, in Jorge L. Ortiz’s article from September of 2015 about baseball’s culture clash. Here is the sentence that makes me want to hurl the most:

We’re opening this game to everyone that can play. However, if you’re going to come into our country and make our American dollars, you need to respect a game that has been here for over a hundred years...

ANYWAY, in honor of the Bud Norris signing, I have compiled a few videos of Cardinals players respecting the game of baseball by being incredible baseball players. Please enjoy!

*folks, there are not really moves and counter moves - each team has their own offseason plan and blah blah blah

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what else is going in baseball...

It’s an even year and the Giants are interesting, so be careful | SBNation.com

Farm Systems Are Cyclical | FanGraphs Baseball

Best destinations for top free agents | MLB.com

Nolan Arenado and his family of baseball players hosted a pickup game in the street | MLB.com

Projected 25-man rosters for all MLB teams | MLB.com

Albert Pujols' GIDP record appears unbreakable | MLB.com

Which MLB players played in NFL or NBA? | MLB.com

Russell Wilson is set to become just the latest in a long line of Yankees two-sport stars | MLB.com

what the cardinals are up to...

PECOTA Hates the Cardinals, and Stories I Don't Want to Read From Jupiter | 101Sports.com

Matt Carpenter says shoulder injury 'normal, not in the back of my mind' | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Jordan Schafer returns, still hoping to pitch and play outfield for Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Wainwright: 'Now is not the time to save anything' | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Ozzie Smith starred on defense during career | MLB.com

KNOW THINE ENEMY...

the nl central

Sammy Sosa looks like an extremely tired steampunk gunslinger | SBNation.com

Yu Darvish’s arrival will make the NL Central even more interesting | SBNation.com

Cubs sign Yu Darvish to 6-year, $126 million contract | SBNation.com

The Cubs and Yu Darvish Needed Each Other | FanGraphs Baseball

The Cubs Need and Also Now Have Yu Darvish | FanGraphs Baseball

The Cubs Might Be a Problem for Jake Arrieta | FanGraphs Baseball

Yu Darvish signs with Cubs | MLB.com

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