Every team is lucky.
Just finished reading this entire thread, and I must say it's one of the best threads I've ever seen on this board.
To answer the question a few have asked (about posting here because other Cards boards are terrible)...
They aren't all terrible. They just aren't as active. I post mostly at BirdsOnTheBat which has knowledgeable fans and quite a few, to put it delicately, "quirky" personalities. They have deliberately made the site difficult to find on google, presumably because they don't want to be overrun by new members coming from Cards Talk (the Post-Dispatch message board).
I mostly enjoy the talk there, but I visit other team's boards regularly to get perspective from fans of other teams. This board is very well run and I generally enjoy reading, especially the game threads when the Cards play the Reds.
I'm enjoying the fact that the Cards and Reds have the two best records in the National League, and believe that will be the situation at season's end. It's become quite a good rivalry.
Central Division Champions - 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004-6, 2009
NL Champions 2004, 2006, 2011
World Champions 2006, 2011
Do I think the regular season has been cheapened by the recent changes in playoff format,yes. This I think is unfair to the best regular season teams who had success all year. But at the same time it is the system the reds play under. That being the case, the best team doesn't always win, but the best PLAYOFF built team does a lot of the time.
Last edited by Old school 1983; 05-26-2013 at 09:53 AM.
If there is a key to being a playoff team it ain't hitting. ITS PITCHING.
I'm not arguing that pitching does not play a major role in getting you there. It does and the reds have a playoff caliber rotation and pen, but so does every other team in the playoffs, and your team has to find a way to manufacture runs consistently against that quality of pitching, just as much as your pitchers need to pitch at a high level. The reds have the pitching. I'm not sweating that. They don't have the offense.
Last edited by Old school 1983; 05-26-2013 at 11:41 AM.
During the regular season, I've seen last place teams dominate first place teams in their season series. That doesn't mean the last place team is a better playoff team.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.