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On this, the week that we found out one of the greatest — if not the greatest — players to wear a Union uniform will depart, I’m left to contemplate many things.
The end of the season draws near. The Union will hopefully reach the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history. And generally speaking, the Union product has uniformly improved. (Except for not being able to tailgate on the yard surrounding the new team building. That was sweet and they took it away.) So why, why can’t I find myself excited?
Is it because I’m a Union fan and that’s my nature? Or is it because maybe there are some things that shouldn’t have happened this year and they did and I just can’t shake that sinking feeling that nothing gold can stay?
I think that’s it. Usually when you have a really long question with several different tangents, it’s because that’s the one you care most about. Just a little tip there.
It started with Nogueira leaving this year. That makes me long for what could have been and I think we could have been something very special this year with our little French maestro had he remained for the rest of the season.
And how Maurice Edu was “supposed” to return sometime during the summer. Still, we wait.
And now the Swiss Mister is headed home.
Can I begrudge any of these moves? Yes. But not really. Vincent left out of personal need, Mo has had a tougher time healing than expected, and Barnetta wants to return home to where he started his career. These are all really great reasons to do something.
But they point to something that I hate to feel, but feel I’ve earned.
Why do all the great ones go?
And it’s not just Nogueira and Barnetta, it seems like it’s many, many of them. Who even knows how long Mo is here for? It’s just a “multi-year contract.” Andre Blake’s too good for us, isn’t he? Pontius was only signed to a one-year deal to begin with. There are so many balls up in there.
Man, that got depressing. I mentioned gold earlier in this post, I guess there’s a good reason the Union’s other color is blue.