Re: Don't Call it a Rivalry?
Personally, I think these two teams are one more event from cementing the series into a full fledged rivalry. I say this for a few reasons:
1. The Cubs have been the Cardinals traditional rivals. Yes, there's always room for more hatred in sports, but I don't think these two clubs have been through enough yet to cement the Reds as a full fledged rival of the Cardinals. This is because the Cubs and Cardinals have a history of hating each other, due in part to their fan bases.
2. There haven't been that many "signature" rivalry moments between the two clubs. Yes, the brawl was definitely a signature moment, but there needs to be more over several years in order to put a stamp on the rivalry. A rivalry does not develop over 1.25 seasons time. There needs to be some history to it. Another brawl or something equivalent could push the series into the rivalry category.
3. The series has not had playoff implications until the past season. Rivals need something on the line (other than bragging rights) every time they play each other. Rivalries are the best when postseasons are at stake. If the Reds continue their winning ways, the stakes will grow higher each time these two clubs meet.
We're close, but not to rivalry status yet.