Despite all of the talk over the years about why number 51 should be retired to honor fan favorite Willie McGee, or the modest movement to honor Hall of Famer Joe Medwick or even the recently retired Jim Edmonds, none of them – despite the fact they were all very good Cardinals – deserve that ultimate honor.
Neither does Mark McGwire, once again wearing number 25 as the Cardinals’ hitting coach. Yes, he set a home run record, since broken, while playing in St. Louis but he was only here for 4 ½ years. Retired numbers are for long-time legends. Sorry but McGwire doesn’t qualify.
While acknowledging that we can’t predict the future, and have no idea how good some of the younger current Cardinals will become over the next 10 years or so, there really is only one more past or present player who deserves to have his number go up on the left field wall at Busch Stadium.
Number 5, Albert Pujols.
Many St. Louis fan won’t want to hear it. The wound of his departure last winter is still too fresh; the fact he has gotten off to such a slow start with the Angels in Anaheim brings a smile to their faces. But some time in the next two decades, when Pujols is finished as a player, the Cardinals need to give him his due because he earned it.
Posted: May 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
Login to Bookmark