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Cardinals Headed To Another Fall Classic


Growing up a Cubs fan almost immediately makes you an anti-Cardinals fan. You don’t know it right away, but it clearly becomes part of your genetic make up each summer as baseball season opens and the Cubs take the field. There’s a joy when checking box scores to see if the Cardinals lost, even when the Cubs did too. Anybody but the Cardinals, and maybe the Reds.

I always pull for my teams league or conference when they aren’t participating. Not exactly sure why that is, but it’s what I have always done. Now, I’m torn. The Red Sox were the only team that was somewhat on par with our drought of a title, that’s no longer the case. And then there’s the Cardinals. Oh…the Cardinals. Whether they win the division, or slide in on the last day as a wild card, they find a way. Star players pack up and head West? No problem. Skipper calls it a career, new manager steps in? No sweat. I don’t like it one bit. But how can you not respect it?

The Cardinals rarely have a large gap between World Series appearances. They don’t spend the off-season spending big free agent money. The next man mentality is very apparent. They just keep winning, no matter the names on the back of the jersey. The one on the front is constant.

So as this series unfolds, I won’t, I can’t pull for the Cardinals. It’s not in my DNA. But I silently respect that they are what I hope the Cubs will be sooner than later.

A perennial contender.

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  • Steve851

    Dream on. I grew up a Cards fan in StL, then flirted with the Cubs in the mid 80′s to 90′s. I have lived 47 year of my 65 years in the Chicago burbs. The Cubs have always had horrible management, and their fans just love players swinging from their heels to strike out. Fundamentally bad baseball, unlike the Cards. I do not see the Epstein/Hoyer regime making any significant change. No doubt the author of this article cherishes players who can’t take a walk, put a ball in play or wearing an opposing pitcher down. That is the Cub way. Go Cards!

    • Jacob Misener

      In recent years, the Cubs have had a major lack of talent on the field and in the front office. Epstein and Hoyer have a track record of strong player development – something Mozeliak and former St. Louis executive Jeff Luhnow capitalized on for the Cardinals. Saying that the author is a so-so fan is a leap – at best. The Cubs are rebuilding, have the best farm system in all of baseball by most accounts and plenty of young talent on the way.

    • Chris Schackmann

      Why are you bothering to comment on a Cubs website anyway?

  • Chris Leisure

    Reds are close, real close. Thing is, being a small market club, they have about 3 years to win it all, until they have to start unloading, and rebuilding. It’s a vicious cycle.