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The Cardinals' new world order

With David Freese leading the charge, Pujols-less St. Louis begins title defense

Originally Published: April 4, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese has grown accustomed to the idea that life is different now -- that he's going to have a hard time eating dessert in a local restaurant without some overheated Redbird rooter shoving a pen in his face and handing him a napkin to sign. That's the new reality for a native-son-turned-postseason-hero in a baseball-crazed environment.

But the fallout from Freese's October coming-out party also extends to some unexpected regions of the country. ...

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