After winning two World Series championships in six years, and appearing in their fourth in 10 years, the Cardinals had high hopes going into the 2013 World Series.
Despite holding a 2-1 series advantage, the Cardinals couldn’t muster any momentum and lost three straight games to fall to the Red Sox in six.
News and media outlets around St. Louis were just as disappointed as Cardinals fans, as readers woke up to disappointing headlines on Thursday morning.
The St. Louis Dispatch had a very simple take with their A1 page, as shown in this tweet by TIME’s Andrew Katz:
Excellent A1 frame on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after Red Sox loss: pic.twitter.com/qJfqAmr7mY
— Andrew Katz (@katz) October 31, 2013
Post-Dispatch columnist Joe Strauss was ready to talk about offseason topics after the game and move past the tough series loss:
OK, the Beltran-to-the-Series narrative has played out. Enough. Now what about Carlos to the Yankees?
— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) October 31, 2013
The disappointment in St. Louis also stretched to local news channels, as Glenn Zimmerman, meteorologist for FOX 2, showed how upset he was during his Thursday morning weather update:
Just before the Red Sox clinched the victory, the Boston Police Department set up around the Fenway area in preparation for the celebration, and it was not just the Boston media who noticed what was happening outside the park.
Strong police presence outside Fenway. This is about to be nuts. pic.twitter.com/9n0ffb0COe
— Martin Kilcoyne (@martinkilcoyne2) October 31, 2013
After Red Sox championship merchandise began filling outlets around Boston, local St. Louis news station KMOV Channel 4 wonders what Cardinals fans could have seen stocking the shelves of local stores had the Cardinals pulled off their second championship in two seasons:
— KMOV (@KMOV) October 31, 2013
All in all, the disappointment for the Cardinals and their fans could be summed up by the words of Post-Dispatch lead Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold:
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 31, 2013