I don’t know if you have heard it or not, but its only been one day since the Cardinals won the Series (I still have trouble realizing that its actually true) but I’ve already heard the grumblings about an 83 win (in the regular season) team doesn’t deserve to win. The system is broken, they say. This wasnt a "real" World Series.
Well, ESPN.com’s Jason Stark answers those arguments masterfully. All baseball fans should read it. Whether you’re a Cardinal fan (like me) who wants to be able to enjoy the improbable victory, or you’re a fan who was doing some of the grumbling, READ IT.
One point Stark doesn’t mention, that Tony LaRusa made was that in baseball a 90 win team is said to have a good year. Not great, not historic by any means, but a good year none the less. Well if you count the 83 wins the Cardinals had in the regular season, and add the 11 games they won in the post season, and you (at least should) come up with 94 wins, which is only 4 fewer than the mighty Yankees won (including the post season). After accounting for the fact that the Cardinals actually played one fewer regular season games than the Yankees (due to a rain-out), and the gap could have been narrowed to 3. Sorry, but I don’t remember the last time someone grumbled about a World Series winner who won 3 fewer games than the "best team" in baseball do you?
Didn’t think so.