ST. LOUIS -- Only seven players who will suit up for the Cardinals in the NLCS made the postseason roster when the club won the World Series in 2011.
Those who have earned their rings often talk about how they want to win a championship for all those who haven't. But there is one player they mention far more than any other. That would be veteran right fielder Carlos Beltran, the standard-bearer for coming oh-so-close.
"Man, I want that guy to get a ring so bad," 2011 World Series hero David Freese says. "I'm going to talk about this as long as we're playing. It's not about looking in the mirror. It's about fighting for the guy next to you."
Beltran is the only player to reach Game 7 of a League Championship Series three times who hasn't reached the World Series. (Casey Blake also came up short in three trips to an LCS, but his teams made it to Game 7 only once.)
Each of Beltran's attempts was spoiled by the Cardinals one way or another. His 2004 Astros and 2006 Mets lost to th...