December 19, 2013
2013 brought another great year of Cardinal baseball. Starting off with holes to fill in a line up of injuries to our number one starter, the star shortstop, and our reigning closer, the Cards’ filled the void from within to battle Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the NL Central Division Crown. They defeated the storybook Pirates in the NLDS in a thrilling Game 5 at Busch Stadium, and finished off Kershaw, Puig, and the LA Dodgers to win the Pennant – the 19th National League Pennant in St. Louis Cardinals’ history!
In the end, the Cardinals didn’t have the bench strength or the infield depth up the middle to win their 12th World Series Championship. Allen Craig’s September injury hurt our playoff depth too, but it was a hellava season for Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, Chief Mujica, Shelby Miller, and Michael Wacha. The St. Louis Cardinals were pretty damn good in 2013.
The page has turned and change has come as Cardinal Nation says goodbye to David Freese and Carlos Beltran. Beltran’s bat helped us heal and surge again without Albert #5 and, without a doubt Freese’s Game 6 in 2011 will never ever be forgotten in Cardinal Nation!
A big Birds-On-The-Bat welcome to Pete Bourjos, Mark Ellis, and Jhonny Peralta in 2014. Here’s to 12 in ’14!
Go Go Cards!