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Friday, October 25, 2013

The baseball fans really are different in St. Louis. | SportsonEarth.com : Howard Megdal Article

I have no problem accepting the idea Cardinals fans may be the most loyal and nicest fans in baseball. I just hope they are the ones dealing with disappointment when this World Series is over.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2013 at 09:43 AM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: best fans in baseball, cardinals, red sox, world series

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bernie Miklasz: What it means to be a Cardinal

“Cardinal Way” isn’t the name of a city street near Busch Stadium, but it does represent a path that the 2013 team followed from the beginning of spring training. It was their gateway to a division title, the postseason triumphs, and the ultimate destination — the World Series.
The Cardinal Way is an organizational model for success. Scouting players, drafting players, developing players and shaping their personalities to fit into a winning environment. But the Cardinal Way is also an attitude. And more than anything, it is about people, and the bond that forges professional and personal relationships….

The Cardinal Way is about trusting each other, working together, and always pulling in the same direction. It is about subjugating your ego in the pursuit of a more noble cause: fulfilling the goals of an entire organization….

The Cardinals’ old-school persona and dedication to professionalism was mocked as being haughty and arrogant. By believing a team should compete in a way that respects the game, the Cardinals were said to be out of step with modern sports culture.

And that’s exactly what’s wrong with sports and our culture at large: The team that tries to do things the right way is somehow seen as abnormal. The team that plays hard but doesn’t try to embarrass opponents is portrayed as the bad guy.

The critics still haven’t figured it out — not even after the Cardinals clinched the franchise’s 19th NL pennant with Friday’s 9-0 victory over the showy, noisy, flamboyant Dodgers.

The Dodgers — with a $227 million payroll — were a collection of expensive individual parts. They weren’t a team; they were independent contractors. No wonder the Dodgers folded when the Cardinals opened a 4-0 lead in Game 6. The Los Angeles players were just 25 guys getting a lot of money to play ball. They weren’t playing for a cause.

It was dramatically different on the St. Louis side.

The players played to honor the Cardinal Way.

And if you want to be Cardinal, there is no other way.

Well, at least they don’t have an ego.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
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