One week from today is the official spring training opening for the St. Louis Cardinals and the following seven players have the most on the line.
Some will pass this March baseball boot camp with honors, while others will be relegated to hell. Or Memphis.
But unlike Albert Pujols, who could send his kid out to play first base and everyone would cheer politely, these seven men will have the intense eyes of Cardinal Nation, managers, and front office honks burning holes in the back of their heads.
Their preparation since October will be splayed out for us to judge in mere hours.
Let’s go deep.