How about if Cardinals fans and Padres fans agree to live in an alternative universe, one in which Jim Edmonds never was a Padre and Khalil Greene never was a Cardinal? Enough reasons for this came to me today that I'm already there. Anyone else is welcome.
I'd already realized before today that I groan just a little each time I read how well David Freese is doing as the Cardinal 3B, despite having been drafted a Padre in 2006 and having shown promise as the Lake Elsinore 3B in 2007. Who knows if he would have gotten anywhere as yet another 3B for the Padres, but traded for Edmonds, the way he played for the Padres in 2008? That's not right. Then there's the irritant of how Edmonds is playing well again this year for the Brewers, however long his back holds up this time. All that seems to form a little growl in my throat, when I thought I was just dispassionately reading stats for the Cardinals and the Brewers.
Then today, that growl got a little louder, not an expletive yet, but getting there. David Freese not only hit his first home run of 2010 for the Cards today, a 3-run shot, he also hit a 3-run double. 6 RBI! From our draftee?
A solution hit me. The idea that we gave up these 6 RBI for Edmonds makes me ill, but it wouldn't bother me if the Freese deal had been for Gregerson. That would have been a deal that helped both teams. I can believe Gregerson will continue to be worth more than Freese. And Worrell still might pitch well for the Padres at some point. He's had a good 2010 so far for the Portland bullpen. I can feel good about two relievers for a starting 3B, especially these specific ones.
OK, done deal, for me at least. It's not the truth, but I don't care. Hey, isn't it lucky for the Brewers that Edmonds came out of retirement for them? Good for them and him. No, I don't remember him being a Padre at all, almost. I'm willing to try harder not to remember. Attaching Freese to a different deal that Cardinals fans may come to hate even more than they do just because of Khalil does just that. 6 RBI, 26 batters retired in a row, it's all good.