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Cards need to bring the poise

The Cardinals are on the brink of elimination from the NLCS, and the umpires have them seeing red.

Originally Published: October 16, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

HOUSTON -- Tony La Russa looked all screamed out when he walked into his postgame press conference, his eyes tired, his voice weary. An hour before, La Russa had been the first Cardinal to be ejected from Game 4 of the National League Championship Series; Jim Edmonds would later get tossed. But now, in the press room, the manager sounded dejected. Year after year, it seems, the season plays out the same way for the Cardinals. Strong play in the regular season, then too many injuries in October, ...

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