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New Season

By LS Murphy

A new season starts on Wednesday. Unlike Spring Training or the regular season, the play-offs consist of only the elite teams from each league. And it’s for all the marbles.

The St. Louis Cardinals enter the post-season on a bit of a downhill slide. They finished their regular schedule by getting swept by a team that that believes untucking their jerseys is appropriate instead of realizing that it is disrespectful to the game, their opponents, and even their fans. But the Brewers won’t be among the teams playing in October so they will have time to think about their actions.

Come Wednesday the slate is clean.

We can look back over the last month and point out what went wrong. We can compare the regular season pitching match ups and the won-loss record against the Dodgers. We can listen to all the analysts and sportswriters tell us why our beloved Cardinals will win or lose the upcoming series.

Or we can look at it for what it is. The Playoffs.

History tells us that anything can happen in the post-season. No one imagined that the cursed Red Sox would sweep the Cardinals in 2004. No one predicted that they would lose the NLCS to the Astros in 2005 or win it all in 2006. The idea that Jeff Suppan would be NLCS MVP in 2006 or David Eckstein would be WS MVP the same year never crossed anyone’s mind. Adam Wainwright taking over the role of closer that year for the injured Jason Isringhausen, well that was to be the nail in the coffin for the Cardinals. Except it wasn’t.

Forget September. October is a new season.

And we will sit back and watch those unexpected heroes bring home #11 for the St. Louis Cardinals because it all starts fresh on Wednesday.


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