As much fun as this '08 team has been, their ability to not close out games (duh) or win games in important situations are what doomed this team. This result was not Mozeliak's fault for not making a deadline deal, though some Cardinals fans will blame him for that. This result is not Dewitt's fault for not shelling out the cash, though man will say that as well.
This season comes down to this: The Cubs and Brewers are simply better than the Cardinals.
We couldn't make the deals that they could make at the deadline. But the thing is, while the Brewers got Sabathia, they'll lose him and Sheets this offseason. The Cardinals standing pat at the deadline lets us keep all of our assets AND keeps the base of our team for next year. We've got a great farm system and with some high priced vets who have contracts expiring, we have money to spend and Mo says we will.
So this season wasn't a failure at all. In fact, I think its the opposite. We were picked by some to finish below the facking Pirates and Reds and we stayed in contention all season long. We didn't overspend at the deadline for a relief pitcher (Garcia, McClellan, etc. for Fuentes? No thanks) and we saw huge strides from Yadi, Ludwick, McClellan, Perez, etc.
I'm tired of all of the collective negativity in Cardinals nation. I'm sorry, I just had to vent.
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