Cards getting an earful from fans
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak makes for an easy target. He's a bookish-looking guy with an understated demeanor, a self-deprecating sense of humor and a name that's difficult to pronounce (Mo-ZAY-lock). He succeeded Walt Jocketty, one of the most accomplished executives in the game, and works alongside a manager, Tony La Russa, who wields considerable clout and isn't afraid to express his opinions.In his 13 years with the club, Mozeliak has learned that St. Louis fans, while overwhelmingly supportive, aren't going to just sit back and nod when they think ownership isn't doing enough to stay competitive. The proof? As Tina Fey observed in her recent Golden Globes speech, "If you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this little thing called the Internet.'' Every general manager in baseball not named Brian Cashman is spending this winter explaining why his team is cutting corners, but the discontent is palpable in St. Louis. Imagine how Gussie Busch would have felt if his payroll were $100 million and people were calling him cheap, a label that some critics have applied to current Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.
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