Why would any Cardinal fan care if there are separate rules for some players, or if there is favoritism as long as they are winning?
There are a bunch of teams who have won championships in all sports that didn't have great clubhouses, or had internal spats, or had some guys on the team flat out hate each other.
Everyone getting along in the clubhouse and everyone playing by the same rules has NEVER been required to win championships or for a team to be successful.
With that said...
I think any clubhouse issues with the Cardinals are way overblown. After winning the WS, the players have been constantly talking about how great a group of guys are on this team and how great the clubhouse is. They volunteer this info. They aren't directly asked about it...but they bring it up. That says a lot and pretty much discredits any issues depicted by Slaten or any other member of the media (not that Slaten is a member of the media, but still).
Any "clubhouse issue" or "favoritism" or "island group" is a complete non-issue if you ask me.
Players wanted to play here under LaRussa...well, except for Rasmus...thank God.
The fact that players want to play here says it all. If the environment was so segmented and so unfair, players wouldn't want to play here when they can make just as good of money, if not more, elsewhere.