Nice piece in today's St. Louis paper (and some of this was touched on a tiny bit in this a.m.'s Enquirer) about how Brand Phillips loves the booing. The writer wonders, as I do at times with Yadier Molina, whether the booing is counter-productive.
Further, he talks about the current Reds/Cardinals rivalry and that's what I'd like to highlight too.
Boy, I love Phillips and I love the Reds, but not like some insatiable fanatic loves them. It’s because the Cards need a proper antagonist for a fascinating summer story. Cards vs. Cubs is a sophomoric excuse to sit in the stands and guzzle beer, but it is not a real baseball rivalry, because nothing of significance ever is at stake when they meet. Something important has to be at stake to stoke rivalries. Championship hardware ought to be up for grabs, or at least part of any reasonable conversation.
Cards vs. Cubs is “Porky’s II.”
Cards vs. Reds is something rich and rewarding. (emphasis added)
All in all, an enjoyable column.