The longest-tenured Cardinal is not a Cardinal anymore. Jim Edmonds has been dealt to San Diego for an infield prospect named David Freese. When I read the story at the Cardinals website, I actually teared up a little. I love that old guy. Yeah, I know he’s 37. And yeah, I know his jump on the ball isn’t what it once was. And yeah, we have an outfield corp of Chris Duncan, Rick Ankiel, Ryan Ludwick, Skip Schumaker, and Rule 5 Draft selection Brian Barton, plus minor league center fielder Colby Rasmus (one of the most sought-after players at the winter meetings, reportedly). But I’m still sad! Edmonds was part of the heart! The heart of the Cardinals for a long time has been Pujols, Edmonds and Rolen. Those 3, along with Larry Walker, were our 2004 Murderer’s Row!
This is my least favorite part about the off-season. Having no baseball to watch is bad, but I have other sports to occupy my time. The players getting all shuffled around is the WORST, because inevitably someone is dealt whom you are really attached to and it feels like you lost a family member.
In fact, I’m not sure how to break the news to my brother. When we got jerseys as Christmas presents a number of years ago, I got Rolen and he got Edmonds, both by our own requests. (My dad was very sneaky, posing the hypothetical question of, “So if you were gonna buy a Cardinals jersey, which one would you want?”) So here’s a video of Jimmy E. At the 11 second mark is my favorite catch ever. It’s a great wall-climbing over-the-shoulder catch, but what really makes it awesome is the child-like glee on his face when he comes down with the ball.