Greg Hewitt (Follow me on Twitter @GregHewittSTL)By Greg Hewitt

This is “Cardinal Nation”?

How quickly we forget.

Yes, the Cardinals are in a terrible slump, having lost six..(make it SEVEN) in a row, including  four in a row  to the now first place Pittsburgh Pirates.

And as if that weren’t bad enough,  the news got a little worse  as the team’s all-star catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list with a knee sprain.

So basically, everything that could possibly have gone wrong for the team over the past week has gone wrong…and yet the team is only 1 1/2 (now 2 1/2)  games out of first place.

You wouldn’t know that however if you’ve spent any time following the team on social media over the past few days.   Fans, broadcasters, writers, bloggers and everyone in between have been in panic mode ever since the team plane landed in Pittsburgh early Monday morning.

“Gotta make a trade!”

“They’re STUPID if they trade one of their young starters!”

“Who taught these guys how to run the bases!”

And these are  just some examples of the nice comments.   Believe me when I tell you, Matt Holliday was “trending” during the 2nd game last night for all the wrong reasons.

Some of the “best fans in baseball” had a rough night to say the least.

I think Cardinal fans, like most fans of teams that compete for championships every year, have come to expect a certain level of performance from the team no matter what.   You might even say that there is a large faction of fans who have become spoiled by the team’s success.  These fans expect the team to win and when it doesn’t they don’t really ever understand why.

Me, I try to be a little more realistic about it.  I’ve been a Cardinal fan all my life and am old enough to remember when the team didn’t win divisions and championships every other year.   In fact, I remember when they were downright awful.

Do you remember being able to find a ticket to any Cardinal home game with no problem?   I do.

The decade of the 70’s was not kind to Cardinal fans and it wasn’t until Whitey Herzog arrived in 1981 when the team started to show a pulse.

A World Series win in 1982 started a great run followed by Series appearances in 1985 and 1987.   Tony La Russa arrived in the mid 90’s and led the team on a historic run culminating in a World Series championship in  2011.

So a little mini-slump this year really isn’t reason to hop off the bandwagon–at least yet anyway.

Remember…things could be worse.

Don’t believe me?   Just watch a few minutes of  rarely seen Cards-Cubs gem from 1980.   You can almost feel the mediocrity in the air.

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