Spagnuolo hopes attending World Series game will spark Rams

With his St. Louis Rams still seeking their first win of the season, coach Steve Spagnuolo looked to another team for inspiration -- but not one in the NFL.

On the eve of the Rams' game against the Dallas Cowboys, Spagnuolo took his team to Saturday's Game 3 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The Rams normally have meetings the night before a game, but Spagnuolo said the time could be made up in the morning.

"I thought it would be a good thing for team bonding," Spagnulo told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I thought it would be a great experience for the guys. How often are you going to get a chance to go to a World Series game?"

Spagnuolo has developed a close friendship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa since arriving in St. Louis. The winless Rams hope to mirror the Cardinals' success, Spagnuolo said, as the eventual National League champions rallied from a poor start to the season to make the playoffs and win their first two series.

"I think the world of their team and what they've done this year," Spagnuolo said. "I think it's a great reflection of what you can do when you persevere and hang in there. They fought their way back there, so we're proud of them."

The Cardinals topped the Rangers 16-7 behind three home runs from Albert Pujols to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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