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Cardinals thrive on the details

Why are the Cardinals so good? They sweat the small stuff
-- like in Game 1 of the NLCS -- and it works.

Updated: October 13, 2005, 4:00 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- A wrecking ball will take Busch Stadium's life at season's end, but by the look and feel of the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-3 win in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, don't reach for a hard hat any time soon.

In fact, you don't need a demolition crew for this 40-year-old piece of concrete; just pipe in the crowd noise from Wednesday evening's victory against the Houston Astros, when an audience of red, all 52,332 of them, caused a worn, tired stadium to tremble. ...

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