Game Over: Cardinals Blow 3-1 Series Lead, Lose NLCS

But I’m proud of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Despite what happened tonight, the Cardinals have done their fans proud. They accomplished everything they did despite a rash of injuries and the loss of one of the greatest players ever to wear the Birds on the Bat. They accomplished a lot with a first-year manager. I hope that Mike Matheny will be around for a long time and I think he will continue to grow in the job. Despite tonight’s outcome, the future is bright in St. Louis. The Cards have a good core of veterans (Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, etc.) and an abundance of young arms (Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, etc.) and position players (Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Freese, Daniel Descalso, etc.) that I think will be around for years to come.

The Cardinals, in spite of tonight’s outcome, mounted a more than credible defense of their world championship. In fact, this has been the most successful defense of a world championship by the Cardinals since 1968 when they lost to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series in Seven Games.

Before the season started, if you had told me right after the end of 2011 that the Cards would take the NLCS to 7 games after…

Losing Albert Pujols to the Angels
Tony La Russa retiring
Dave Duncan ‘retiring’
Losing Chris Carpenter for all but 3 starts in the regular season
Lance Berkman basically missing the entire season
Missing Allen Craig for about 6 weeks of the season
Our top left-hander would be cut before the end of May due to ineffectiveness
Jon Jay would miss a full month of the season
We would eventually get down to our FOURTH string first baseman
K-Mac would miss almost the entire year
Sanchez and Salas would be mostly ineffective in 2012
Rafael Furcal would hit under .260 and miss most of the second half of the season
Pete Kozma would actually start a game at SS…

I’d be OK with it.

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