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Christopher L. Gasper

Cardinals show they won’t simply roll over

Admit it, you thought after the latest David Ortiz postseason home run heroics that maybe this would be just like 2004, when the Red Sox used the St. Louis Cardinals as a World Series welcome mat, wiping their cleats all over them on the way to breaking an 86-year curse.

The redoubtable and lovable 2004 Idiots didn’t allow St. Louis to lead for a single inning of that four-game sweep. It was one big victory lap. There was a lot of 2004 nostalgia with Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe, and Trot Nixon addressing the media before Thursday night’s Game 2 and members of the team throwing out ceremonial first pitches.

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