Sure, the Cardinals nearly blew a seemingly insurmountable lead in the NL Central Division during the season's final week. Ok, the Cardinals did benefit from a slew of injuries that shelved the favored New York Mets. And, yes, the Detroit Tigers' vaunted offense chose the World Series to go into a deep-freeze.
But ... the St. Louis Cardinals are still the ones wearing the rings.
So much for the National League being baseball's stepchild this season.
Tony La Russa's best managerial job? Jim Edmonds thinks so.
"With the idiots that we've got?," Edmonds said. "Yes. We shocked the world."
Like 'em or not, Cardinals fans are among the best in baseball. They've waited 25 years for a World Series title. That's too long for one of the game's most storied franchises.