HERE ARE FIVE THINGS I BELIEVE:
1. I’m not sure if I’ve ever met a more humble superstar than Paul Goldschmidt. He’s the only player in the National League to play in the last six All-Star games. People in our baseball-crazy town scrutinize nearly every Cardinal move. How could this one have worked out any better? Carson Kelly, the catcher who wasn’t going to play for three years, and Luke Weaver, a pitcher who wasn’t good enough to make the rotation, and a minor leaguer were traded for Goldy. And the Cardinals didn’t just acquire this “face of the franchise” player, they locked him up for five more years. It’s a job well done by the Cards.
2. If Goldy is compared to any player, it will be Albert Pujols. Nobody will ever give us the 11 years that Albert did, so Albert should get an incredible ovation on June 21, when the Los Angeles Angels hit town. However, it won’t be 100 percent love. He’s made some comments lately that irk Cardinals Nation. He said that the Cards didn’t want him long term and that he wasn’t willing to beg. The Cardinals offered him about 200 million bucks. They did everything they thought they could. In the end, it worked out best for the Cards – the Angels aren’t getting a player who’s worth $240 million. But I’ll be there for his return and hope he gets a great ovation.
3. Travis Ford and the Billikens also deserve an ovation. They won 23 games, the Atlantic 10 Championship, and made the NCAA Tournament. And they did it playing often with just six healthy players and with just two healthy post-players. But help is on the way. As I write this, the Billikens have five recruits coming, and I’d anticipate some more on the way. The MVP of the A-10 Tourney was Tramaine Isabell, a grad transfer. That’s what SLU needs next season: a 23- or 24-year-old to come in and have an immediate impact on these young recruits.
4. I love the Blues story this season, and I love their future even more. Jordan Binnington changed the season and will hopefully alter the future. I’m not saying he’s a future Hall of Famer. However, he did have a Kurt Warner-type of impact: a little older for a rookie, coming out of nowhere, passed over for years and an absolute stud when he got the chance. Then, look at the stars of the team. They’re all just beginning their primes or right in the heart of it. Doug Armstrong has done a nice job building this franchise.
5. Here’s my theory on health and fitness. The time and money you put into fitness now, you’ll eventually save with health issues later in life. If you’re doing everything you can in your 40s, 50s and 60s, you have a better chance of great health in your 70s, 80s and 90s. However, the wear and tear you’re putting on your body to stay in shape often makes you pay a price later. So it’s like you can’t win for losing! And if you love food as much as I do, you have to work out. Bottom line: It’s not easy.
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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