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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Not much to report on a holiday, so here goes with the standard what I'm thankful for post:

I'm thankful that Albert Pujols says he wants to retire as a Cardinal. And I'm even more thankful that he was able to avoid Tommy John surgery for another off-season.

I'm thankful that the Cardinals finally used some of their dry powder in 2009 and made the trades for Matt Holliday, Mark DeRosa and Julio Lugo plus the signing of John Smoltz. It didn't work out the way we wanted it to in the playoffs. But it was an awful lot of fun watching the Birds play in the second half of the season.

I'm thankful for the Cubs signing Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley to awful free agent contracts over the last few years because they are saddled with crummy players that keep them from being serious bidders on players who could actually help their club.

I'm thankful that I have been able to hold on to my tickets despite the fact that they have increased in price nearly 50 percent in the last five years. I'm not thankful that while my costs have skyrocketed, the Cardinals haven't reinvested the money in the team and the payroll is actually lower now than it was in 2005 before they built the new ballpark that was supposed to give them the revenue stream they needed to stay competitive.

I'm thankful that there are 82 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.