Cards Post of the Week – July 1 through 7

Recognizing the very best post of the past week from our message board community of thousands of St. Louis Cardinals fans the world over.

As we do each and every week here at, we call out the best of the best - the "Post of the Week" from our Cardinals message board, this time for the week ending Saturday, July 7.

Here is the link to the Message Boards, of which there are several – for fantasy players, insider information for subscribers, general topics, non-Cardinals sports and more.

Given that summer is the season for television reruns, so is it the case at times on the board. "1964Cards" repeated a previous post on page four of the "Question about Jocketty" thread. The exercise was a detailed recap of the moves made by general manager Walt Jocketty since 2000.

The alleged cheapness of the Cardinals ownership is a debate that seems to erupt on multiple threads these days as frustrated fans look for someone to blame for the disappointing 2007 season to-date. On page two of the thread "Sometimes you just have to cough up a few extra bucks!", "Oquendo11" provided a good reminder for those whose remembrance of recent history might be a bit shaky. One such area explained (again) is the logic behind Chris Carpenter's extension, a more that is incredibly drawing fire from some. On page three of the same thread, "irrigator5" also reiterated the good moves that have been made. The detractors haven't yet provided anywhere near the substance to support their position compared to these two (and others).

On page two of the thread "franklin gets extension", regular contributor "cpebbles" provided a detailed analysis of Ryan Franklin's sabermetric stats, offering a caution to the unbridled enthusiasm expressed by some over the reliever's two-year contract extension.

Impatience seems to be the word of the week in many areas. The Cardinals international program has not been immune to the recent criticism. However, "highrent" offered a great reminder of what should expected both in terms of development time and impact players found on page three of the "Pending international free agent market" thread.

Because of his excellent post, "highrent" is our weekly winner of the "Post of the Week". As such, "highrent" collects a free four-week subscription to and all the other great sites in the network.

Next week, it can be you! So, keep posting!

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