First, we looked at the top 20 stories affecting the St. Louis Cardinals this past year. Not surprisingly, the list was headlined by the post-season run by the club, along with the recognition of fine individual seasons put together by Yadier Molina and Kyle Lohse.
Now it is time for my annual predictions for the top story lines of this New Year, as well.
As is customary, I will set aside the easiest and most logical entry – the results of the 2013 team on the field. The nature of that story has yet to be determined, shaped by the items discussed here and many more plotlines not yet developed.
As I compiled my list and rankings, I considered the staying power of the story, how long it might remain in the headlines as well as its potential short- and long-term impact – on the 2013 Cardinals and the organization’s future.
Without further ado, here are my projected top five St. Louis Cardinals stories of 2013. As always, your comments are welcome below.
1. Wainwright’s contract