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Cardinals, Rhodes win World Series; some old/new Orioles lose

This was an exceptionally enjoyable World Series between the newly crowned champion St. Louis Cardinals and the once-again runners-up Texas Rangers – you have to love it anytime a World Series goes seven games.

It was nice to see former homegrown Oriole Arthur Rhodes become a World Series champion at age 42. Rhodes made his debut with the Orioles at age 21 on Aug. 21, 1991, coincidentally against the Texas Rangers.

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Todd Frohwirth, now an Orioles scout, got the win that day.

Rhodes, who was cut by the Rangers in August and picked up by the Cardinals, would have won a championship ring regardless. But, in his first Series in a 20-season career, he got it on the winning side.

Rhodes pitched in Game 7, and so did Texas reliever Michael Gonzalez, whom the Orioles traded in August for Pedro Strop. Gonzo retired the first three batters he faced but had to leave because of an injury while pitching against the fourth.

Koji Uehara wasn't activated for the World Series, but he'll likely get a full share of the playoff bonus as well.

Two other current Orioles certainly were paying attention to Game 7. Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis, who came to Baltimore in the Uehara trade, also were in line for playoff shares.

So you know, besides obvious loyalty to friends, those two were pulling for the Rangers and a larger bonus (the current roster decides who receives full and partial shares). They'll still get a handsome paycheck even though they didn't participate in the postseason.

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