Kolten Wong stood by his locker, answering question after question. He answered them all candidly, emotionally, sincerely, showing poise well beyond his years and experience.

That was Wong's World Series experience following Game 4 against the Red Sox, having to face the music after getting caught off of first base by Koji Uehara to end the game. Wong received plaudits all around for not hiding in the clubhouse and handling the media throng with veteran presence. But as impressive as that was, the 23-year-old certainly doesn't want that to be the only mark he leaves on the game.

"It didn't really affect me too much after," Wong said. "I'm not the first guy to get picked off. I won't be the last. I'll learn from it and move on from it. I don't want that to be my image. I know I'm a good player, and I have the opportunity to get better."

Clearly, the Cardinals agree. The 2011 first-round pick out of the University of Hawaii, ranked No. 1 on the top 10 second-base prospects list, took just two years to reach St. Louis, albeit as a bench player at first. Being added to the postseason roster was the first feather in his cap. Getting the chance to be the starting second baseman on Opening Day would be another.