What a series!
The 2011 World Series is over. St. Louis Cardinals fans can celebrate until Opening Day next season. The players and baseball fans have some outstanding memories that will last for ages. It was a fantastic postseason that will be remembered by baseball fans young and old.
For Cardinals fans, this was an improbable title. The Cardinals were for all practical purposes out of it as September approached. Yet no matter how perilously close they teetered on the edge of real mathematical elimination, the team hung tough.
The Atlanta Braves wilted under the pressure, and the Cardinals continued to push forward. Past the Braves and into the postseason. Past the Philadelphia Phillies and into the National League Championship Series. Past their divisional rival Milwaukee Brewers and into the World Series to face the Texas Rangers. And finally past two "one strike away from elimination" Game 6 situations.
They pressed through it all, and they got to Game 7, a game in which only one team would win and emerge as a champion. Once they got there, they didn't let up. If that sounds like a championship team, that's because it is, and the Cardinals—regardless of which baseball team you root for—were clearly the best "team" in the truest sense of the word in 2011.
So who's gonna win it next year?
Here are 10 teams that will have a shot. Keep in mind, Cardinals fans, that no team has repeated as World Series champion since the 1999 and 2000 New York Yankees. The point being—it will not be easy, but St. Louis will be in the running, as will several other teams.