One chapter in Cardinals history was closed this weekend as the Cardinals traded one of the "big three." Surprisingly it was Jim Edmonds, not Scott Rolen. (I still feel Rolen will be gone by the start of the season) With Jimmy's declining power and average and a giant salary I can't disagree with the decision. Personally, Jim was on my "possible steroid use" list. But as he wasn't in the Mitchell Report it was a good time to pull the trigger on this deal. I don't think the Cardinals will miss Jimmy: this deal feels like the Ray Lankford deal we also pulled with the Padres. At least he got sent to San Diego. It could have been somewhere like.....Pittsburgh. (our regrets to Matt Morris.)
But Edmonds was a huge part of this team for the past 8 years, and without his leadership I don't think we win the World Series. And for that, we salute you over-the-hill-centerfield-man. My favorite mmemory of Jim was the walk-off homerun against the Astros in the 2004 NLCS. Here is the "I Live For This" commercial Jimmy shot in 2005 including some of his best catches.