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New Year, Same Cardinals

Veteran leaders step up to remind teammates they've been here before

Updated: October 7, 2012, 3:22 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- It's a new year. It's a new October. And what happened last year isn't supposed to mean any more now than what happened in, say, 1967. But don't tell it to the champs.

Don't tell it to the St. Louis Cardinals. Don't tell them they're lucky they're still playing. Don't tell them the system saved them from extinction. And we definitely don't recommend telling them they're the No. 5 seed in a five-team National League field.

They didn't get that memo. And just ...

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