Jim Edmonds, who Walt Jocketty assumed was leaning toward retirement, has not only agreed to a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals—he's also begun trending on Twitter. So for all those "tweeps" (is that really the word?) out there who don't understand why Jim Edmonds is much, much cooler than Justin Bieber, let me offer some knowledge.â†µ
Facts: Jim Edmonds is a mammal. Jim Edmonds wears half-shirts ALL the time. The purpose of Jim Edmonds is to flip out and make incredible, life-changing catches.â†µâ†µ
Between 2000 and 2005 Jim Edmonds, who had already appeared to peak with the Angels, went on one of the greatest late-career peaks of all time. Then he briefly looked done and reinvented himself again as a power-hitting 40-something reserve outfielder. The Cardinals already have reserve outfielders, but—well, I'm sorry, Jon Jay, but you're not Jim Edmonds.â†µ
If Edmonds makes this team he'll probably start too much ahead of Colby Rasmus, and he'll almost certainly limp around after every slide into second base or diving catch in the outfield, because that's what he does. But on a sheer enjoyment level the 2011 Cardinals, lost so far under the shadow of Albert Pujols's contract negotiations and Brendan Ryan's unceremonious exit, just got much more worthwhile.