Nick Cafardo, Stop Embarrassing Yourself

It’s not bad enough that he concocted a list of the league’s best players, then incorrectly put them all as being products of the same draft to show how David Murphy was a slow developer. Now he thinks the Cardinals have plenty of reasons to be optimistic after an 83-win world championship season in which they made the playoffs simply because of the equally incompetent Houston Astros. The reasons for this optimism?

  • Tony La Russa
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Defense, personified by Yadier Molina, Jim Edmonds, David Eckstein and Adam Kennedy.
  • Albert Pujols.
  • Scott Rolen
  • Jason Isringhausen

Color me significantly underwhelmed.

6 comments… add one

  • Typical. A trained monkey could write more informed articles than Nick Cafardo. He isn’t the only thing that’s wrong with the Globe’s Red Sox coverage, but he’s a part of it.
    I won’t even mention his man crush on Roger Clemens. Oh wait…nevermind.

    mouse - SF January 21, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • They’ll be a good team, one of the best in the NL, but another fluke WS win? Yeah right.

    Andrew January 21, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • Oh, come on, Cafardo is hardly the worst of the lot. He writes a competent Sunday notes column, if occasionally he gets it wrong.
    How hard up are we at this blog, though, that Nick Cafardo feeling optimistic about the World Champions’ hopes warrants a screedish post?! I mean, if this Cardinals team could become the WORLD CHAMPIONS, of course they can repeat, right?
    SO PLEASE, PITCHERS AND CATCHERS, REPORT!!!! NOW!!!! Throw us a bone, something……

    SF January 21, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • You guys are confused…how can you not respect the Cards?…they’ve dominated the NL this entire decade. They are always there and they’ve been capable of winning the world series at least the last three years. They just finally had everyone healthy at the right time(except Isringhausen)this season. Albert Pujols: the best player in the game. Carpenter: One of the best pitchers in the game. Look for this team to be there in the fall once again. They were better than the Tigers!

    mjh January 21, 2007, 6:21 pm
  • When a team slides into the playoffs, wins 83 games, then wins a sloppy World Series when much better versions of that team have gotten plastered in the playoffs in previous seasons, it’s hard to respect them.
    They got hot at the right time. More power to them. But they got lucky more than anything, and they haven’t done much to improve themselves over the offseason. Meanwhile, nearly everyone in their division has gotten better. So I’m just not sure where the reasons for optimism lie beyond Carpenter, Pujols and the apparent winningness of LaRussa and Eckstein.

    Paul SF January 21, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • …the optimism is probably based on the fact that the nl is unlikely to be any better this year…no reason to believe the cards can’t sneak in again, even as a wild card if necessary, then get hot [or lucky] again…

    dc January 21, 2007, 8:45 pm

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