St. Louis Cardinals: 7 Reasons Fans Should Feel Good About 2012

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St. Louis Cardinals: 7 Reasons Fans Should Feel Good About 2012
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St. Louis Cardinals fans are likely feeling deflated after the collapse that put an end to the team’s dreams of a World Series repeat, but there is good reason to be excited.

With all of the odds against them, the Cardinals managed to push their 2012 season beyond any anticipated boundary.

Given all of the season’s changes and the adversity the team had to fight through, the fact that they played in October at all was an anomaly in itself. On paper, it made sense for the Cardinals to be in the playoffs, but few saw them as a true threat.

As the season continued, even fans began to doubt as they watched the team seemingly crumble in June and July. When the Cardinals finally came to life in September, they went 11-5 in the last 16 games of the season to lock up the second Wild Card position in its inaugural year.

That run, despite it’s crushing end in San Francisco in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, lots of good came from the Cardinals’ season and playoff run.

Following, in no particular order, are 7 reasons Cardinals fans have to be excited about the 2013 season.

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