The Marriage Made in Baseball Heaven on the Field is on its' way to being consumated in every other fashion between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds.
But, now that the Cardinals have signed a Letter of Intent to pursue a possible purchase of the Franchise, certain tenets of the Redbirds mission could prove to be major sticking points in the Negotiations..
Such as, the Redbirds status as a Non-Profit organization, which funds the RBI and Stripes programs for Youth baseball in Memphis.
The Cardinals are a For Profit business
Redbirds Manager Dave Chase thinks its' doable.
"We will do everything we can to make sure we keep our programs to help the young children in our community. The Cardinals are looking at it..it will be a difficult negotiation, but we will make every effort to get it done."
Chase says negotiations to complete the sale could take several months.
The Cardinals already own all or part of their Minor League teams in Springfield, Missouri, Palm Beach, Florida, and Johnson City, Tennessee.
The Cards and Redbirds will play 2-Pre-Season Games April 3rd and 4th at AutoZone Park.