"Hey Bud, Let's Party": The Official Khalil Greene Welcome Post

Dec 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Well, the trade is official, and Khalil Greene is now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The more I think about it, the more excited I'm getting over the potential this deal has to turn out as a big win for the Cards. I'm a big fan of Greene's defense, and while he's not so much on the walking (one of the larger understatements you're ever going to hear), the man has got power to burn, and that's just not the sort of thing we're used to seeing from our shortstops here in the Gateway City, at least not recently.

And what better way to welcome the Cardinals' new shortstop to town than his very own Card of the Week post? Most players have to win a Cy Young or an MVP award; all you had to do was show up, Khalil.

What we have here is a 2008 Khalil Greene by Bowman Chrome. I feel a little bad about using a card from the worst year of the guy's career, honestly, but I looked around and this was really the best card I could find.

I also would like to take a second and congratulate myself for totally calling that Mark Worrell was going to be a part of this deal. Of course, plenty of other people called it too, so I can't claim to be all that smart. Probably a good thing Worrell was part of the deal, too, considering the recent interview he gave to Dustin Mattison over at the Birdhouse. A frustrated man, Mr. Worrell.

You know what? I've got a confession to make. The real reason I'm excited about Greene coming here really doesn't have as much to do with his potential as a player as I'm trying to make it seem. The real reason I'm so excited is that the Cardinals have now managed to acquire the only player in all of baseball who actually looks even more like Jeff Spicoli than what Jeff Weaver does. I mean honestly, it's just freaky.

So welcome to St. Louis, Spicoli. I'm not sure exactly how well we can do for you on the tasty waves front, but it's sure to be a whole hell of a lot better playing in St. Louis than it is in San Diego these days.

-Aaron Schafer