Things Can Only Get Better

The picture to the right basically captures how I feel about the Cardinals right now. The news of Matt Holliday’s not-an-April-Fool’s-joke appendectomy yesterday has me wondering just what more can happen during a 2011 that’s been pretty crazy so far.

Yes, of course,we’re quite familiar with the painful details of what’s happened since mid-February:

  • The Albert Pujols contract countdown and media frenzy
  • The Adam Wainwright elbow injury and Tommy John surgery
  • Chris Carpenter hurting his hamstring and Mitchell Boggs hurting his back in spring training game No. 1
  • The not-very-encouraging spring performances from Ryan Theriot, Jaime Garcia, Lance Berkman, etc.
  • The losing spring training record of 14-16
  • Opening Day with 12 hits and only 3 runs, Albert going 0 for 5 and hitting into three double plays, Ryan Franklin blowing a save, Ryan Theriot making an error in the 11th inning and the Cards losing a game they should have won
  • And now Matt Holliday out for a still-to-be-determined amount of time

It’s all enough to make me haul out my 1980s cassette tapes and find a song to cheer myself up — or at least surf to YouTube and find one that will do the trick.

See, watching that helps, doesn’t it? Nothing like a dose of crazy hair, an orange suit and a dancing Charlie Chaplin to see the bright side of the ’11 Cardinals.

And there definitely is a bright side:

  • There are still 161 games left
  • Allen Craig should get a chance to play regularly while Holliday is out, and Jon Jay should get more playing time also
  • Albert will be Albert again
  • Oh, remember there are still 161 games left
  • The Cubs had 11 hits, scored only 3 runs and lost yesterday

The season is long and we’re just getting started — most years, we wouldn’t have even started yet. No reason to panic. Things really will get better, starting today.

Just trust Howard Jones.

Christine Coleman is the lead writer for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or e-mail Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.

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