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Saturday, October 28, 2006

At Least It Wasn't the Cubs.

This could have... nay, should have been us. When we entered the Atlanta series, we trailed the Cardinals by only a half-game. We proceeded to lose two of three.

Of course, if we hadn't sucked for pretty much all of May, June, July, and August, we wouldn't have had to pull off a late-season miracle just to make things interesting. After all, it's not like an eighty-two win team deserves to make the playoffs. Any more than an eighty-three win team deserves to win the playoffs.

This isn't sour grapes, mind you. I'm happy for the Cardinals and their fans, who hadn't won the World Series in twenty-four years (despite appearances in 1985, 1987, and 2004). I'm very hesitant to agree with their self-proclaimed "best fans in baseball" moniker but, hey, twenty-four years is a long time to wait.

I'm also delighted that the Cardinals were able to put to rest this year-long bullcrap about how the American League was just so much better than the National League, and how the NLCS winner was just playing for the right to lose in the World Series. And as for the much-maligned NL Central... which division has represented the National League in the last three World Series?

So congratulations, Cardinals. Now the Astros need to put together a solid offseason to knock you losers off your perches.