Here are five things on my mind:
1. I’m not saying Jack Flaherty is the most valuable piece of baseball property in the county. I am saying that if you factor in his talent, his age and the contract control he’s under by the Cardinals, I wouldn’t trade him for any pitcher in the land. He may eventually have Tommy John surgery. But he just had one of the greatest second halves in baseball history. You build franchises around players like Jack Flaherty.
2. You also build franchises by acquiring the most talented players in your league and keeping the most talented ones in your organization. That is what Doug Armstrong has done with the Blues. He makes at least one knockout trade per year – Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly and Justin Faulk this year. He knew precisely when to part ways with David Backes and Kevin Shattenkirk. I think there’s a reason the Blues just won the Stanley Cup and will be good for years to come. Oh, it also helped they just got lucky with Jordan Binnington.
3. The year of St. Louis sports continues. The NCAA tourney for the Billikens, the Stanley Cup, the MLS announcement, the incredible sold-out events, World Wide Technology Raceway all summer long – and then we had golf. The PGA TOUR Champions event came to that wonderful facility, Norwood Hills Country Club. The 54-hole event ran from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. The Ascension Charity Classic will be here for four years and will be donating a lot of money to charity. Hale Irwin, at 74, told me he’ll play. What a great event for our town.
4. Despite the Cardinals’ fine division championship season, they have to upgrade the offense. They were 21st in the league in the most important offense stat, OPS – that’s “on-base plus slugging” for all you non-baseball fans. I’d do everything possible to try to sign free agent Anthony Rendon. All it will take is money, and the Cardinals have a surplus of that. If you ever have to spend $200 million on a player, this is the guy to spend it on.
6. Things I love doing: finding a new Netflix show (the latest I discovered is the CW’s In the Dark), having a great phone conversation with one of the kids out of town, watching my son Alex hit a golf ball, spending time with the great restaurant owners in town (the latest was Dominic), reading Harlan Coben’s mystery books, hanging out at The Gatesworth with my 92-year-old mom and watching postseason baseball.
Frank Cusumano is a 17-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on The All New 590 the Fan from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @frank_cusumano.
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