A World Series title obviously means a lot to whichever team is fortunate enough to bring one home, whether it be the first title or the 12th. But, a World Series win for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 would mean more than just their 12th title.
For one, it would mean that they can and do continue to win against all odds. It seems like the Cardinals can will themselves to win whenever it’s necessary. This Cardinals roster is drastically different then what they were looking at in April. There is no Chris Carpenter, no Rafael Furcal, no Jason Motte and no Allen Craig, though he may make a return.
The Cardinals’ bullpen is almost entirely rookies, yet they’ve been one of the best in the league. Their clutch ace has not been Adam Wainwright (who’s been great too) but 22-year-old Michael Wacha, who appropriately enough was the compensatory pick from the Albert Pujols trade.
It’s not the same Cardinals, and yet it is. They are almost entirely home-grown at this point. With the exception of Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, most of their current roster was either drafted straight to St. Louis, or has been with the team for the majority of their careers.
Next, it would mean that the transition from Tony LaRussa to Mike Matheny was seamless. It is an unenviable situation to be in taking over for a manager like Larussa, but Matheny has been everything that Cardinals nation could have ever wanted. And being so young, he could be here for years to come.
Despite holding down the best record in the National League, the Cardinals have been seen as underdogs by many throughout the playoffs. Their roster is predominantly made up of rookies, yet those rookies have performed like seasoned vets that have been here time and again.
It will be fun to see if the magic of the Cardinals will continue long enough to net them their 12th title.