Truth — not rumor — has it that Tony La Russa is about to pop more boners than Hugh Heffner has had lifetime, for the chance to sign Barry Bonds to a contract to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. The solution here is to play Bonds behind Pujols in the lineup. After watching the Cardinals choke a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th earlier tonight, I had thoughts on the potential signing.
Don’t get me wrong. Barry Bonds is a huge risk to sign. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of him, he could ruin the potency of this St. Louis team (10 games over .500 at the moment — top 5 record in the league, or were), and, worst of all, the media could be terrorizing.
The fact is, the Cardinals need more boom in the bats. The pitching has been nothing less than stellar this season. Especially having eight (was nine) guys on the DL, with five being pitchers. The reasonable balance is this: if Barry Bonds reaches a deal to become a Cardinal, the offense is instantly added more power.
Now, I hate Bonds, and will forever hate Bonds, but this could be a good thing given that La Russa would keep him on a very short leash, that he would know his role on the team.