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In victory and defeat

Cardinals discover talent, toughness; Rangers should not overreact to crushing loss

Originally Published: October 29, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- At any point over the next days or several years, whenever the St. Louis Cardinals players or their legions of fans raise the glass that was the 2011 season to their noses, absorbing the bouquet, they will each day discover and appreciate a new scent, a new championship aroma that will not soon grow tired.

The championship characteristics, year after year, are all so similar, yet each club reserves the right to claim its uniqueness. St. Louis may one day savor as defining ...

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