A coping guide for Cardinals fans in this very difficult time


On the one hand, this list from Banished to the Pen laying out the steps for Cardinals fans to cope with the hacking scandal is pretty funny, as it traffics in all of the fun Cardinals jokes we have come to know and love.

On the other hand, it’s actually fairly useful for every sports fan when bad, off-the-field news comes. As I’ve noted many times recently, it seems to me that when anything happens in sports, the number one predictor to how a given person will respond to it is the team they root for. It’s reflexive and so, so often stupid. People who would never make some bad, rationalizing arguments about a given topic will commonly do so in defense of the sports team they root for. And won’t do so for a rival. It’s so tribal and so dumb.

Which is why this list — which emphasizes the disconnect between a fan’s identity and a team’s identity and reminds us to keep our sense of humor and perspective — is pretty damn useful.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

David Price and Mookie Betts
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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.