PHOTO: The 'Cardinals' Way' vs. the 'Dodgers' Pay'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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ST. LOUIS -- In the NLCS, we have a number of storylines as part of the run-up to this Dodgers-Cardinals clash. One of them, obviously, is the stark difference in the way these two teams were built.

The 2013 Cardinals were largely forged through amateur signing and development. This year's Dodgers model, in contrast, was primarily built around free agent acquisitions and through salary-absorbing trades (note: the words "largely" and "primarily" are not absolute). In a vacuum, it scarcely matters -- winning is the point, and the champagne cares not how you earned the right to spray it. In terms of broader appeal outside the two fan bases in question, though, there's no doubt that the methodical construction of the Cardinals is more appealing than the "throw money at the problem" approach of the Dodgers (note: throwing money at a problem sometimes works quite well).

In any event, the hometown St. Louis Post-Dispatch certainly drew such distinctions with their art for an NLCS insert in Friday's edition. Regard:

The generalities hold true, but let it be said that two very vital combatants in this series -- Matt Holliday and Clayton Kershaw -- don't fit the story quite so well.

Please do use the comments section to argue over which team is morally superior!

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