St. Louis Cardinals: Four Things Learned From World Series

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For the St. Louis Cardinals, the World Series serves as a to-do and not-to-do list for 2016 

The state of Missouri has another World Series champion. Just not the one we were hoping for. The Kansas City Royals (not the St. Louis Cardinals, sad-face emoji) are kings of the baseball world for the next year, and by now I’m sure you’ve heard why. Their relentlessness was a big narrative throughout the postseason and was mentioned ad nauseam in the Fox Sports booth throughout the World Series.

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While me and every other baseball writer in America does their World Series post mortem, there’s no doubt Cardinal players, coaches and the skipper have their own take on everything that happened. I guarantee you Mike Matheny feels for New York Mets manager Terry Collins this morning, because that could have been him in the dugout with, say, Jaime Garcia on the mound.

And don’t you think Kolten Wong feels a little bad for NLCS hero and World Series goat Daniel Murphy, who, by the way, hit just .150 with seven strikeouts in 20 World Series at bats?  Wong has been there, after all. Remember Game 4 in 2013? I guarantee he still thinks about it sometimes. And it’s helped make sure he hasn’t made the same mistake again.

There are several things that happened in this fall classic that should stick with the Cardinals in 2016 and beyond.

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