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Reminders of the end covered the afternoon, like the coats and billboards and flags and T-shirts, past Dizzy’s Diner and the relentless carts stuffed with plastic 16-oz. bottles of Budweiser, reminding everyone of the 11 world championships won by the Cardinals.

The end felt like Tyler Moore’s right arm thrust into the air after the drawling rookie’s single put the Nationals ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning.

Seventy-nine years later, the end felt like a new beginning.