Fat Strat wrote:
None of the above at this point. Right now, the Cardinals are really a franchise without a face. Someone will have to step up and take that crown. No one can just be annointed the franchise player. They have to earn it. Waino and Freese are good candidates. Let's see if they can take that step.
The Cardinals have at least 4 guys who have done more to "step up" and "earn it" as any other "franchise player" on almost any other team. Carp, Yadi, Freese, and Wainwright are legitimate postseason and World Series heroes. Matt Holliday is legitimately one of the best players in baseball and has been for years.
The reason why we don't have a single face is that we have a roster full of recognizable faces.
There are alot of players with a ton of memorable moments on the Cards roster, sure, but all of their accomplishments were achieved when Pujols was the face of the franchise. It was all done in his shadow.
For some other player to take the mantle of "face of the franchise" someone is going to have to come out from behind his shadow and take that mantle. Right now, the Cardinals just have a team with no face.
These things will come in time.