During the run-up to last year's NL championship series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers openly acknowledged something most people already knew: The two division rivals didn't like each other very much.
The Cardinals went on to earn ultimate bragging rights in one of baseball's most spirited rivalries last season, knocking the Brewers out of the playoffs and going on to win the World Series.
Now some of the main characters in that rivalry are gone, with Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols leaving via free agency and Tony La Russa retiring as manager.
Going into the Brewers' 2012 home opener against the Cardinals on Friday afternoon, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that the tone of the rivalry may change.
''I think it's still there a little bit,'' Roenicke said. ''But yes, personalities, when they leave, sometimes do change how guys feel about that other squad. Even manager to manager - it is a little different not having Tony over there.''
When asked what s...