If you like the Cardinals, golf and complaining about the state of affairs in the Land of Pritzker, well, you've come to the right place. It's chilly and rainy and miserable outside as I type this missive, so why not give you what you missed last week - unhinged takes so scorching hot that the paper may burn up as you continue reading. As always, proceed with caution...

•The Dodgers get anything and everything they want, of course. So why not aging superstar Albert Pujols too? I'm not going to believe the fantasy script that Pujols will keep quiet and not complain if not given regular playing time, so I would believe this is still a fluid situation. With no DH in the National League, and with the Cardinals already saddled with Matt Carpenter and that whole conundrum, there wasn't much of a fit in St. Louis. Well, except that the Cardinals' bench is horrific and thin and Pujols and the fan base could have experienced a reunion of epic BFIB proportions.

I'm not upset that the Cards didn't sign Albert, but I am curious to how the conversations played out. Was he really willing to accept a bench and mentorship role? I mean, the Cardinals have had no problem granting regular playing time to guys batting .180 the past several years, but they drew the line with Pujols. And yes, I know, there's no place for him to play(barring injury). It's not a fit. But should it still have happened anyway?...

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