It has not been a pleasant 2017 season for the St. Louis Cardinals. They have a disappointing 27-32 record, a number of their everyday players aren’t living up to expectations, and they recently completed a disastrous, winless seven-game road trip. They did win a game against the Phillies last night, but that’s almost like a teenager winning a race against a toddler who keeps getting distracted by a leaf blowing on the ground.
Things came to a head of sorts yesterday when general manager John Mozeliak called a midafternoon press conference and announced … a few changes to the non-Mike Matheny coaching staff. Mozeliak started the presser by owning up to the team’s continuing struggles while acting like he was presiding over a funeral mass, and then he announced third base coach Chris Maloney was being reassigned, Pop Warner was joining the staff, and a few other changes.
The minuteman, gun and all, has one shot to win this fight literally. A single stray musket shot and it’s over. The reload time is too long, the threat too great, and both parties are trapped inside a circle.
Let’s give the minuteman a sporting chance and say it was shot by the musket. A story from India earlier this year shows that a tiger was shot with a vintage musket as recently as May. It took 13 days to die.
The minuteman gets his shot off and then gets absolutely torn to shreds by the angry tiger. There’s no reasoning with the tiger. All hope is lost. Please see Tipu’s Tiger for more information on this fight.