Oct 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning single in the 13th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Dollars

Donny Baseball’s Dodgers paid for a dream team that is still getting to know one another. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals are one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2013 National League Championship Series.  Friday was a late night at Busch Stadium which featured Carlos Beltran being the star he needs to be.

Examining these two teams differences is as easy as next month’s pies.  LA paid for their players and STL developed them.

17 of the St. Louis Cardinals are homegrown from within the organization.  20 of the Hollywood Dodgers are either free agents or were acquired in trades.

Baseball fans last week were cheering for the underdog Pirates and rallying against the omnipresent Cardinals.  But this week brings the evil empire of the Dodgers with their dollars and high hopes to the NLCS for the first time since 2009. America faces the split decision of supporting a team in red or a club in blue.

The Brooklyn born ball club is eager to win since their aging stars and contracts give their success a limited window.  Whereas the locally bred Missouri squad is confident that they will be around in October for years to come.  These two clubs are polar opposites, but judging from last nights 13 inning thriller, they match up well.

However, the most noticeable differences are not on the field, they are in the seats.

Cardinals fans are diverse because of KMOX’s roots.  Cheering for hustle plays and refraining from booing are what make the red cladded fans classy.  Sellouts are normal and fans often stay until the final pitch.

Dodgers fans are half transplants who often go to games to have their picture taken.  Even in an epic season like 2013, LA still left nearly 20% of their stadium empty over the course of the season.

Magic Johnson and his millionaire buddies have followed George Steinbrenner’s model of paying for rings.  The problem is that the Yankees did not always reign victorious.  10 years ago they lost to the Florida Marlins who developed their own talent with young arms like Josh Beckett and studs like Miguel Cabrera.

This 2013 St. Louis Cardinals team is ready to show that cash cannot buy wins, especially in October.  A look in the dugouts perfectly illustrates the contrasts.  The Dodgers are divided since many players are new, while the Redbirds players all know what flavor of sunflower seeds to toss their teammates.

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  • Stacie Wheeler

    I clearly heard Cards fans booing Yasiel Puig. It takes money to rebuild what was destroyed by past ownership. Frank McCourt devastated the Dodger farm system. The Cards still have the 9th highest payroll, and by the way I always stay for all 9 innings when I attend Dodger games. Have you been to Dodger Stadium before?

    • Thomas Demerath

      Sorry if I made you defensive. The difference between the LA and STL payrolls is 100 mlillion dollars!

      Thanks for the read Stacie.

  • LasordasLair

    This article is trash. utter trash. You do know that the Dodgers led the league in attendance right? The Dodgers drew well over 3 million fans. And no Dodger fans don’t just come to “take pictures” as you say. You know you give the real classy Cardinal fans a bad name. This series is not over yet

    • Thomas Demerath

      check your facts. LAD=6th with 82.5%

      • LasordasLair

        Oh so 6th out of the 30 teams? I know they were leading the league at one point The Dodgers drew well over 3 million fans. Almost 3.7 million. They average the most fans per game of any team in the majors, almost 47,000 per game. You need to check your facts. We don’t appreciate these kinds of nasty articles. We don’t write this kind of trash about the Cardinals over at our home. You’re a disgrace to the real Cardinal fans
        Dodgers total attendance=3,743,527
        Cardinals total attendance=3,369,769

        • Thomas Demerath

          Have you ever thought about the size difference in the markets that these two teams have? It is shocking!

          You definitely make all Dodgers fans proud. Thanks so much for reading and putting so much effort into your comments and irrelevant stats.

          • LasordasLair

            Hate to break this to you, but the Cardinals aren’t the Rays. You’re not the moneyball A’s. The Cardinals are a large market team paying millions of dollars to guys like Wainwright, and Molina, and Holliday. So if you are trying to make out like the small market underdogs, then you are retarded. Second of all, I left one stat, because you brought it up in your article by stating a bunch of lies, and ridiculous insults. You really are a mean and nasty little Cardinals fan.

          • Thomas Demerath

            Retarded x 2!

          • Thomas Demerath

            Retarded x 2!