Granted it may not last, depending on how he does over the long haul. But for tonight I feel so damn happy for that kid. I remember starting to follow his career when he was in the minors, striking out people at a crazy rate. Seeing his pitches for the first time and realizing he had devastating stuff. And then watching it all fall apart.
I have literally never seen Tony La Russa happier than after that homer. It's waaaaaaaaaaaay too early to count on Rick as a starter next year, but this is a good start. He, Duncan and Ludwick could make a great young infield in '08 if the Cards can unload Encarnacion and Edmonds, even if they must eat part of their salaries (and they'll have too.)
I know it is a big IF, but IF Ordonez is indeed healthy, 5/$11 mil could be a bargain with the way 8 figure annual salaries are being doled out these days. In his last 5 full seasons (99-03), he has averaged 32/118/.312 with 187 hits and 40 doubles.