17 awesome things about the St. Louis Cardinals

For The Win

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central pennant for the fifth time in the last decade on Sunday after the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The Cards will return to MLB’s postseason for the fourth consecutive year as they look to win their 12th championship in franchise history.

Here are 17 awesome things about the Cardinals:

1. Perennial excellence

(USA TODAY Sports Images) (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals have become this era’s answer to the Yankees of the late 1990s: They’re always good and they seem to always have more good players on the way, so baseball fans everywhere outside St. Louis now hate them. But it’s a testament to their management that they’ve established themselves as perennial contenders.

2. Adam Wainwright’s curveball


Wainwright doesn’t draw as much national attention as Clayton Kershaw, but he’s been fantastic whenever he has been healthy in his career. His big curveball is…

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