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Cardinals become Series punch line

Originally Published: October 28, 2004
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Because of the second-class treatment it was given, with early starting times and small news holes, reporters covering the National League Championship Series said they felt like they'd been assigned to the NIT basketball tournament.

Turns out it was no joke.

Given the way the St. Louis Cardinals were manhandled in the World Series, this might have been too kind of a comparison. It was more like the NCAA play-in game to determine which small-college team gets to play UConn ...

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