In a franchise that is surrounded by history, being one of the original teams from the pre-World Series era that started in 1876, St. Louis Cardinals fans have plenty of fond memories to look back on.
But how much of what has happened to the Cardinals recently can measure up and be honestly included side by side with the history that defines them as one of the greatest National League franchises?
It's easy to get caught up in the moment and say things like, "That was the greatest thing I've ever seen!" People inherently want to feel like what they are seeing is historic.
In the Cardinals organization, for any moment or thing to be considered historic, it must measure up to the bar that has been set by players like Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter and Bob Gibson.
Any great player and personality falls in the shadows of a player simply refereed to as "The Man."
However, you see the current Cardinal team in comparison to those of the past, and we do believe there is notable history to be had. To the question of "How historic is it?"—we'll let you decide.
Here are, for you Cardinals fans, the five greatest moments for the Cardinals franchise over the past 20 years. Enjoy.