Jim Hency: Afternoon Joe, Would love to be there in person but not possible. I have a comment more than a question. I am really glad that Jim Edmonds is back in baseball, I have always been a fan of Jim and always will be but it was bad enough when he signed with the Cubs but even worse with the Brewers. Not because that will make them so much better but the fact that he may have to lower his professionalism to their low life level really bothers me. If he starts yanking out his shirt after a victory I don't know how much my admiration for him will continue. Do you think he will lower himself to that trick?
Joe Strauss: I would hope so, if only to feed the outrage many Cardinal backers have for the Brewers. Solution to being outraged: Win the game. The ChatMeister must admit, however, to being less than impressed with the Brewers' choreographed HR celebrations.
LLIPTWWTQB Reaction: Well James, you're onto something here. Now that Cammy has jumped to Bawstahn it would be very rude to continue the disgraceful and heinous untucking of the jersey's. What could make him sink to an even more Brewers low life level? Probably if Ken Macha got shit faced during spring camp and decided that despite making millions per year, it's a better idea to drive around town hammered, falling asleep in a running car at a stop light. But to recap, untucking jerseys after victories is a FAR worse offense. And Joe, what didn't impress you? They all fell over at almost the exact same time! They're not synchronized swimmers you know, cut them a little "human error" slack.
Jon: Given the look of the division, I think the Cards should win it fairly easily again this year. That said, who is the biggest challenger to the Cards? Is it the Cubs again, an up and coming Reds team, or none of the above?
Joe Strauss: I don't know how to quantify "fairly easily." If healthy, the Cubs are legitimate contenders. They addressed chemistry and outfield issues over the winter. If Carlos Zambrano is again "Big Z," this could be an interesting race. Even with Kyle Lohse's season-long struggles in 2009, the Cardinals had much go right with their pitching last year. Any hiccup only adds to a potential match race for the division. I'm bullish on the Reds but question if they have enough depth for six months. Aaron Harang is a wild card. If he should rediscover his form of three years ago, the Reds rotation suddenly grows teeth.
LLIPTWWTQB Reaction: You both have pissed off the Pirates Baseball Club.