The Cardinals aren't making any excuses for why they advanced, as Lance Berkman and Chris Carpenter remind them they've been here.
The atmosphere at Marlins Park is unlike anything else in baseball, but the Cardinals crashed the party on Opening Night.
Absent Pujols, La Russa and Duncan, the Cardinals kick off their title defense.
When the Cardinals' season reached its nadir, GM John Mozeliak struck a resigned tone. He never saw this coming.