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As a fan of various teams through the years, I don’t think I’ve ever been so irritated/repulsed opening a season. Basically all Marmol/FO disgust. Marmol’s childishness last year was insufferable. I suspect he was shielded in his first year by Yadi & Pujols - not a novel take, I know - but the fact he was extended is just utterly beyond me. I don’t think of the Cards as a laughingstock team, but I’m pretty sure most of the league is perplexed. I feel bad for Sonny coming into this franchise at this point.

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I hope I can shift my mood on the Cards but I suspect I’ll be leaning heavily into my birth-team Twins.

What’s the Star Wars equivalent of that? (Huge movie guy, too, just not Star Wars 🐣.)

I also think my Cardinals disgust is not helped by the embarrassing Athletics ownership and league-wide ownership support of that debacle. The constant landgrubbing development heists/extortion for public money.

Happy second-opening Day!

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Star Wars equivalent....Perhaps Kylo Ren returning to his birth name/nature of Ben Solo? All I have off the top of my head!

I understand what you are saying about Marmol but I don't know that I necessarily agree. He never lost the clubhouse (even if not everyone was a big fan) and I think that goes a long way these days. The players really seemed to feel they were letting him down.

That said, if they are under .500 at the All-Star Break this year, all bets are off!

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I've been so discouraged with how the Cardinals have operated, by and large, going on 6-7 years now. But my hope/excitement in this year's team lies in Walker/Wynn/Gorman/VSII and the bullpen. I've been so tired of management letting things grow stagnant all over the roster, but now there's some youth and an overhauled bullpen that appears to have upside, it's a breath of fresh air.

(We'll forget the parade of leadership/experience/former Cardinals walkin' in that door for a moment)

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We are definitely in a time of transition. Hopefully it's more fun and less painful!

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