I have a confession to make: I don’t know how I’m not going to be completely cynical about the 2011 Cardinals. Not just sort of cynical, but I mean really, really cynical.
Wednesday, Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols jerked a grand slam out against the Detroit Tigers. Here was my first reaction:
Literally minutes after the home run I was on Twitter reminding people that he’s a free agent to be and that’s he’s going to leave the Cardinals.
A follower quickly put me in my place.
Later in the day, Pujols was asked by reporters about how he felt: "I feel too good," Pujols said. "Since I showed up to spring training, I feel that my hands are like lightning. They are so quick right now I can't control it."
FOR REALS? The best player I’ve ever seen in person is making a quote like that? Awesome, right?
Or is he just gaming the press. The start of a 7 month tour de spin where every day is better than the next, priming the pump for a MASSIVE free agent offer from the Cubs.
I can’t help it.
I know what you’re going to say- Enjoy the moment Hooksie. He’s ours for at least this year, so appreciate greatness while you can. You can’t control the future to why worry about it, etc al.
It’s hard, man. Really hard. I want to go on being the stupid fan that if he gets F’d, he gets F’d and It’s a complete surprise. But I’m not wired like that. I’ve already got my defenses up. I’ve already started taking precautions and reading way to into innocuous comments because the break-up sings are flashing like big huge Las Vegas size neon signs.
It’d be nice to be surprised, good or bad, this fall and just roll with now.
I guess I can’t.
I’ve seen too much. I know how this works. I see what’s going on.
And it sucks.
FRIDAY LINKS will return next week. Or this weekend... if the NCAA games are boring.