Taking into account that Whiteyball is all but dead, I am still surprised by what this little experiment has taught me. My heart and head were in the right place (for once) by pushing for Colby to take over his chosen role.
But boy, the responses shocked even my most cynical viewpoints about TLR and the Cardinals.
And the winner is…
Come on — that wouldn’t be a very good ending for a trilogy now would it?
Mike from over at Stan Musial’s Stance provided a glimpse of what I really thought would be a Rasmus inauguration party. His perfect line-up looks like this:
That is just how I would do it as well given the strength in the middle outplays the need for a lefty bat to break up the six tough RH outs for St. Louis.
Of course Felipe Lopez needs to be factored in, and my only change from Mike would be to put Lopez in the sixth hole and Yadi at seventh. I even toyed with moving Skip/Flip in the 9th spot and using Ryan at lead-off to appease La Russa fans.
Strangely, however, only one other person even thought Brendan makes sense as a candidate to jump start the line-up. I know some of the games have been rough this season for the one I call B.Rabbit, but Ryan’s long term future still looks cloudy at best without a manager change.
Daniel from C70 echoed how most felt by saying he is used to Skip at the top of the batting order. I also had a few say their gut went Schumaker while one even gave their heart to the scrappy player.
I understand the affection for No. 55, but he also provides the easiest position to upgrade that helps out both the offense and defense. Now it is up to the front office to prove me wrong. Cards’ fans clearly are in the corner of the converted OF and that makes him the winner of the first ever LLOL contest.