Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the midst of an excellent piece on the potential of the 2013 Cardinals outfit, asked Yankees GM Brian Cashman -- an operator who knows a bit about winning in the face of high expectations -- about the state of the Redbirds. Here's what the terminally candid Cashman had to say ...
"The Cardinals are the Yankees of the National League. They're a baseball operations machine from top to bottom. They're obviously championship-caliber at the major-league level. They have a massively successful farm system. So they draft well. They develop it well. And they win well. I personally don't want them to win because I know we have 27 championships and how many do they have? Eleven, right? I don't want them closing the gap."
That's a hefty compliment, albeit one leavened a bit with some (justifiable) "scoreboard" talk at the end.
Cashman's right about those title tallies, as the Cards place a distant second to the Yanks in that category. Although it's worth noting that the Cardinals have won three of their five head-to-head World Series encounters with the Yanks. So there.