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Cards weren't ready to raise white flag

GM John Mozeliak struck a resigned tone in August, but his players never gave up

Updated: October 18, 2011, 8:24 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- He was the man who signed Lance Berkman, the man who traded his starting center fielder (and more) for three pitchers who hadn't previously been confused for Mariano Rivera or Felix Hernandez, the man who scooped Rafael Furcal and Arthur Rhodes off the clearance heap.

So as the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to embark on their great World Series adventure, you'd like to think that their general manager, John Mozeliak, saw all this coming. Always. From day one.

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