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"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today, says NPR's "The Two-Way." Check out this quick round-up, from a national perspective, regarding the biggest bout in baseball that starts tonight here in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - In this era of moneyball, how seriously should you take estimates of the economic impact that the World Series will have on St. Louis?

Whether it's playoffs or an All-Star Game or a political convention or a major golf championship, whenever St. Louis lands a high-profile event, forecasters are always quick to issue their predictions of how the area will grow richer from all the money brought to town by visitors flocking to be part of the big show.

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Updated 5:10 p.m. with second photo.

We don't really think much needs to be said beyond the captions for these photos. St. Louis is readying for a World Series to begin - starting with the field of play.

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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that it has dedicated Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals to veterans and their families.

The first lady and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium as part of MLB's Welcome Back Veterans program and Obama's Joining Forces initiative.

Morning headlines: Monday, October 17, 2011

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Cardinals win 18th pennant

The St. Louis Cardinals are the National League champions following an outstanding offensive display in Milwaukee last night.

David Freese belted one of the Cardinals' three home runs while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a 12-6 rout of the Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS. Freese smacked a three-run shot to put the Cardinals ahead 4-0 in the first inning. Rafael Furcal launched a solo blast in the second and Albert Pujols did the same in the third. Pujols and pinch-hitter Allen Craig each finished with two RBIs.

Cardinals win NLCS, take "happy flight" to 2011 World Series

Oct 17, 2011
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Updated with new picture, information about Freese winning series MVP

The Cardinals will have a "happy flight" home following their efforts tonight.

David Freese hit an early three-run homer and manager Tony La Russa turned again to his brilliant bullpen for seven sturdy innings as the St. Louis Cardinals captured their 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the bumbling Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night.

You don't normally think of the words "symphony" and "sports" in the same sentence - but when they interact, the results can be pretty fun.

To show their support for our hometown baseball brethren, the St. Louis Symphony offers this rendition of ballpark standard "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Give it a listen!

Morning headlines: Friday, October 14, 2011

Oct 14, 2011
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Cardinals lose to Brewers in NLCS Game 4

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cardinals last night 4-2 to even the NL championship series at 2 games a piece. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals, representing their only runs in the last 16 innings. The Brewers ended an eight-game road losing streak in the postseason dating to the 1982 World Series opener at St. Louis. Jaime Garcia faces Zack Greinke for the second time in the series in Game 5 tonight.

East St. Louis Police Chief will not resign after all

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - We have a feeling that the St. Louis Cardinals have not seen the last of the rally squirrel. Oh, sure, some were humanely trapped and carted off to the myth of the rural ideal.

Who really thinks this is humane treatment for a critter that has adapted to a diet of readily available peanuts, sunflower seeds and other assorted goodies? Scavange for nuts? Work that shell off a walnut? Please.

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oct 13, 2011
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Cardinals win Game 3 of NLCS

Albert Pujols hit an RBI double during a four-run first inning and the St. Louis bullpen bailed out ChrisCarpenter as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 last night for a 2-1 edge in the NL championship series.

In a matchup of aces, neither Carpenter nor 17-game Yovani Gallardo made it past the fifth. The one-run lead Carpenter handed over was just enough, as four relievers combined for four perfect innings.

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oct 11, 2011
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Cardinals win Game 2 of NLCS

Albert Pujols had one of the biggest postseason nights of his career in Game 2 of the NL championship series, going 4 for 5 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 last night.

Of Cardinals, cardinals and kids playing baseball

Oct 10, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2011 - They gather in a flock along the road, tied to the old hog wire fence with bits of string or twine or yellow bread bag ties. On both sides of the drive leading to Tom and Fran Horace's three acres in Dardenne Prairie, the wooden painted cardinals hang in frozen poses. Running. Batting. Catching.


Morning headlines: Monday, October 10, 2011

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Cardinals lose Game 1 of NLCS

Morning headlines: Friday, October 7, 2011

Oct 7, 2011
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GM can move forward with expansion in Wentzville

General Motors can move forward on a proposed $380 million expansion of its plant in Wentzville, now that a union has approved local work rules for the plant. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that members of United Auto Workers Local 2250 approved the four-year local work rules contract on Thursday. GM has said the expansion will create up to 1,850 jobs for the region. GM plans to build a new mid-size pickup at Wentzville as part of the expansion.

Fans believe in Cards' chances: to win and sign Pujols

Oct 6, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 6, 2011 - Judy DeFrancesco of St. Louis was all smiles Wednesday night as the Cardinals beat the Phillies 5-3 in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

"I love it. I love it,'' said DeFrancesco, who wore a No. 5 Albert Pujols jersey and a red plastic batting helmet with a cardinal yard ornament perched on the top.

Morning headlines: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oct 6, 2011
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Report: Checketts reaches deal to sell majority stake in Blues

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dave Checketts has a verbal agreement to sell a majority stake in the St. Louis Blues to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. As part of the deal, Checketts could remain with the club in some capacity.

Cardinals win game 4

Oct 6, 2011
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David Freese homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cardinals tagged playoff nemesis Roy Oswalt and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Wednesday night, forcing a deciding fifth game in their NL division series.

Edwin Jackson recovered from a rocky beginning to win his first playoff start with six solid innings. Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - Happy members of Cardinal Nation wore big smiles and bright shades of red, jerseys of their favorite players and homemade headgear as they gathered inside and outside Busch Stadium Tuesday for Game 3 of the best-of-five National League Division Series.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oct 5, 2011
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RCGA: Economic impact of first-round playoffs $5.2 million

The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association says the economic impact of the Cardinals in the first-round playoffs approaches $5.2 million per game, based on the typical game drawing a capacity crowd.

The association says that if the Cardinals played all possible games through the World Series, the impact would approach that of having the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis at more than $56 million.

Cardinals lose to Phillies

Oct 5, 2011
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Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series. 

Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning

Madson earned a five-out save. He induced a double play the escape in the eighth and gave up a run in the ninth before nailing down his first multi-inning save of the year.