Goodbye, Felipe Lopez-don't let the door hit you on the way out
St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez throws his bat as he pops out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
(KMOV) -- Can you believe Felipe Lopez? He couldn't show up on time, so the Cardinals gave him his release. How can you not show up on time for a major league game? The players don't have to arrive for most games until about 3:30 in the afternoon. Too early for Felipe?
On the road they stay at the nicest hotel in town, and in many cities the hotel is within walking distance of the stadium. If not, there's a team bus that will take them to the stadium. He couldn't get there in time? What else does he have to do exactly?
This guy was making more than a million a year to play baseball and found it inconvenient to show up on time? This is pretty hard to believe. In many ways Felipe Lopez represents everything that went wrong for the Cardinals this year. He couldn't hit (.231 average), struggled mightily with the glove at third base, then appeared to just give up completely over the last month of the season. Maybe telling Felipe to go home was the best first step the Cardinals front office could have taken as they begin to re-build this team for 2011.