Although they were edged out by the Red Sox two World Series titles to one, the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers writes that the Cardinals are the model franchise in baseball from 2000-2009.
Rogers said his conclusion comes not only from the Redbirds' remarkable playoff appearances during that span -- with a 33-31 record in post season games -- but because the Cardinals did it with a lower payroll than any of the other play-off regulars.
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Too bad the Birds couldn't have lived up to the hype and brought home their second World Series title of the decade to make its claim as the team of the decade a slam dunk. But, as a journalist, I have to admire Rogers work. Especially since he has to know it is going to spark a firestorm of hateful comments from frothing Cubs fans.