ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Members of Cardinal Nation who don’t already subscribe may want to pick up a copy of this week’s Sports Illustrated at the newsstand.
The team’s five starters — Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Jamie Garcia, Lance Lynn and Jake Westbrook — are sitting in a row in front of their jerseys.
It’s a pose “inspired” by the iconic October 7, 1968 SI cover that featured Lou Brock, Mike Shannon, Bob Gibson, Tim McCarver, and Roger Maris.
“When we think of the Cardinals, we think of a distinct organizational culture: Anodyne, diligent, supportive, resolute,” author Ben Reiter writes in the cover story. “Mostly, we think of consistency. Their 11 championships have been well distributed. No son or daughter of St. Louis born since 1902 has reached the age of 25 without having lived through at least one victory parade.”
Reiter notes that the Cardinals have evolved financially, too, as they made the difficult choice not to resign Albert Pujols prior to the 2012 season.
“Losing an iconic player was not easy…it was jolting,” Cards General Manager John Mozeliak is quoted as saying in the SI story. “From a very simplistic standpoint, (once we let him go) we knew we had resources to deploy elsewhere.”
Now the first-place Cardinals just have to avoid the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx.