It's hard to believe that in less than 30 days, pitchers and catchers can report to camp. Cardinals fans have much to be optimistic about. Returning to the Florida sun in just a few short weeks is a team that lost its biggest bat and an ace for most of the season and found itself within one game of defending its 2011 World Series title.
Spring training is also the time of the year where young prospects and players have a chance to shine and make a name for themselves. Flash back to the spring of 2001. A young buck named Albert Pujols made then-skipper Tony La Russa find him a spot in the everyday lineup. Pujols had not had any major league experience before his 2001 campaign.
So it is possible going into this spring a few Cardinals could make a name for themselves for the upcoming 2013 season.