Posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Friday, Aug 9 at 8:38 PM
(BaseballSTL) -- Growing up in St. Louis you know frozen custard is delicious, the St. Louis Zoo is a beautiful gift and the Chicago Cubs are hated. But since the mid 2000s, the Cardinals-Cubs rivalry has lacked a certain passion.
A great deal of that blame goes onto the winning ways of each club. Since 2004, the Cardinals and Cubs haven’t been good teams at the same time. The Cubs haven’t had a record at or above .500 since 2009. The Cardinals have gone up and down through the late 2000s, but neither team has been good enough for a large period of time together.
Teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds have become bigger rivals to the Cardinals. Even through the 2004-2006 seasons, the Cardinals biggest rival was the Houston Astros. The lack luster play has diminished what used to be an envious rivalry, almost besting New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. But those two teams have competed vigorously against each other including a memorable 2004 ALCS.
The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry hasn’t been important since Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chased Roger Maris’ single season home run record and even that has been tarnished by steroid use.
I hope the Cubs can get back to a winning way so the rivalry becomes more important. The days of the Lou Brock-Ernie Broglio trade, the bad blood between the Birds and Dusty Baker and Carlos Zambrano or when Cubs catcher Joe Girardi came out to announce the death of Cardinals pitcher Daryl Kile- those are history-making moments between clubs.
So, on behalf of Jack Buck and Harry Caray, let’s bring the rivalry back.