Originally Posted by MikeThierry
I've refrained from commenting here much because I do not want to pour salt in the wounds but this statement is one of the most ridiculous I've seen here (and I've seen a lot). The Cardinals don't play by the rules? What??? Look, you can hate the Cardinals all you want. I don't mind. It's a Reds forum. However, to accuse a team of cheating, when there is no evidence of them cheating, is below the belt.
By the way, making the playoffs 9 times since 2000, would make the Cardinals the luckiest team in the history of baseball if it was all based on luck. There is a reason why they are always in contention to do damage in the division and playoffs. Luck only plays a small part in it.
The Cardinals were probably the one team that benefited more than any other from steroids. Most people consider that cheating. LaRussa's Athletics were the other biggest steroid cheaters. Coincidence?
And yes most people do consider the Cardinals the luckiest team in the history of baseball. They lead a charmed life with all the low-win playoff appearances, benefiting from blown calls (twice in the post-season this year already), and teams collapsing in front of them to give the Cards a chance.
Dusty Baker was also a big beneficiary of steroids while with the Giants and Cubs.