Tuesday, December 27, 2011

We Bought a Zoo - Go see it, now!

The family and I just returned from the movies.  We went to see the the new Matt Damon movie, We Bought a Zoo.  I am going to be the first to admit, I wasn't overly crazy about the movie selection.  However, it beat the heck out of seeing the chipmunk movie!  An hour and half later I walked out feeling I had just watched one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.  Not only was seeing Scarlett Johansson worth the price of admission but the overall story, (based on a true story) was absolutely fantastic.  This is not one of my usual types of movies that I like, but I would recommend it for anyone.  Here  is a link to the actual zoo, Dartmoor Zoo.  It is a great movie for the whole family.  I will warn you there are a couple phrases that are used that might not be age appropriate for all.  However, nothing that is not see on any TV show and there are very few of these.

Check it out, you won't regret it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Adios Albert

The day has finally come that many of the true fans of Cardinal Nation thought would never happen.  The day we say good bye to Albert.  Don't be mistaken I am as a big of fan of Albert as anyone else, Cardinal Baseball is a religion within our family.

I have mixed emotions about this entire scenario.  I am ticked the Cardinals didn't get this done a couple years ago and never let it get to this point.  When the Twins decided they were going to hang their hat on Joe Mauer, they went after him with both barrels.  They wanted to ensure he knew he was wanted.  The Cards' front office failed in this area.  If they would have done the right thing then, we never would have faced this.

On the flip side, I think it has shown a true depiction of who Albert is, not who we thought he was.  Now, I don't blame him.  If you can get it, get it and he got it.  Good for him.  Yet, his entire career here he has talked about wanting to be a Cardinal for life, wanting to be the next Stan Musial, etc etc.  But when it boiled down to it, it wasn't about the love affair shared in St. Louis.  It wasn't about the tradition of Cardinal Nation.  It wasn't about being El Hombre.  It was about green folding paper.  It was about the money.  Baseball after all is a business.  A big business.  This was a business decision.  I get it.  But I feel that for the past decade plus I have bought into a false superstar.  If it is about the money, I could have dealt with him saying that for the past several years.  But, he didn't he lured Cardinal fans into the mindset he shared the same love with them and this team as they did.  Shame on us for being gullible.  I think when it boiled down to it, Albert in his mind, outgrew St. Louis and he was done being a Cardinal.

This is not the end of Cardinal baseball.  It is a new beginning of  a new era.  I am anxious to see how Albert deals with the not so friendly West coast media.  As far as the contract, 10 years and 250 million - that's crazy!

The Cards just opened a big spot in the pay roll let's see them go get a few players now.