Originally written October 17, 2011 on Pro Sports Daily:
For the second consecutive season, a player involved in the World Series will take home a championship ring no matter which team wins.St. Louis Cardinals reliever Arthur Rhodes is this year's lucky recipient. The 41-year-old lefthander secured his spot in history when the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 12-6 Sunday night to clinch the National League Championship Series in six games.The Cardinals will face the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic beginning Wednesday night in St. Louis.Rhodes began the season with the Rangers but was released on Aug. 8. The Cardinals signed him three days later.Bengie Molina found himself in a similar situation last season. The veteran catcher began the season with San Francisco but was traded to the Rangers on July 1.Both teams reached the World Series, and Molina picked up a ring even though his Rangers lost to the Giants.Rhodes, who debuted in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991, will be making his first trip to the World Series.
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