Are Cardinals Fans Too “Spoiled”?

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Allie Ryan, Editor

Obviously, it’s fun being a Cardinals fan, and if you’ve followed the Redbirds at all over the past decade, you’ve witnessed a special period in franchise history. Since 2004 your team has won two World Series, tacked on four more National League  pennants, won 13 postseason series, and captured the 2012 NL wild card game. Unfortunately,  the 2015 Cardinals will not extend the current streak of competing in four consecutive NL championship series (2011-2014) after losing to the Chicago Cubs. Since ’04 the Cardinals have the most postseason victories among MLB teams, with 54. No one else has more than 39. And in regular-season ball only the New York Yankees have more wins with 1,090, only slightly more than St. Louis’s 1,057.

Cardinals fans are spoiled; we have high expectations every year now and have become accustomed to playoff baseball. ”

A stirring question has cropped up over the past few seasons: are Cardinals fans spoiled, ungrateful, and disproportionately agitated over lineup choices and the minor mistakes that factor into losses? Have Cardinals fans lost perspective?  

After all, the Cardinals won more games than any other team in the majors this season, and it’s a team that refuses to be slowed by obstacles. The Cardinals lost ace Adam Wainwright on April 25 and were 51-31 in the aftermath. Matt Holliday missed 31 games with a strained quad, and the Cards went 18-13 during his absence.

It isn’t easy to win, but the Cardinals make it seem that way. The considerable chaos has barely made an impact considering this season’s team finished the regular season with 100 wins and only 62 losses!

While everyone appreciates their team winning a series, it’s natural to want more, especially when important playoffs are sitting there, a prize waiting to be claimed. Cardinals fans are spoiled; we have high expectations every year now and have become accustomed to playoff baseball. Take the time to appreciate this incredible franchise we have here in this city, because it might not be like this forever. But like famous Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t braggin if you go out and do it.”