The fact that the two teams consistently battle for the top two positions in their division means there was plenty of emotion before the other factors ever came into play. The Cardinals winning the 2011 World Series likely only worked to deepen the divide.
With the Houston Astros now in the American League, the pressure to win one’s division will only grow greater.
Will 2013 be the year the rivalry smooths over, or will it bring with it new fireworks? Following is a comparison of the Cardinals/Reds rivalry with some of the best matchups in the National League.