JUPITER, Fla. When the Cardinals receive their World Series rings during a pregame ceremony on April 14, new reliever Scott Linebrink could make a case that he should be among those receiving rings.
After all, it was Linebrink's Atlanta Braves who suffered a monumental slump down the stretch that allowed the Cardinals to reach the playoffs in the first place.
"I feel like I played a little bit of a part in that, just with the collapse we had over in Atlanta," Linebrink said. "It was crazy. It was like a three-week car wreck, watching it in slow motion.
"It was hard to watch."
But as hard as it may be for him to watch the Cardinals hang their 11th World Series banner, Linebrink is just hoping for the opportunity. The 35-year-old signed a minor league deal with the club and is not guaranteed a roster spot.
Regarded as the most dominant setup reliever in baseball for a couple years earlier in his career, Linebrink posted a respectable 3.64 ERA in 64 games with Atlanta last seaso...