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Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:22 pm
 
ST. LOUIS -- Forget "Go crazy, folks." This year, this autumn, this team, boil legendary broadcaster Jack Buck's famous phrase down even more than that. Strip it down to its base. To the one word.

Crazy.

The St. Louis Cardinals are World Series champions in a season in which things looked so bleak, they didn't even send advance men out to scout potential playoff opponents.

Champions in a season in which they were 10 1/2 games out of a playoff slot on Aug. 25.

Champions after general manager John Mozeliak and manager Tony La Russa in late August all but apologized to the Knights of the Cauliflower Ear -- a local civic club that meets to promote area sports -- for a lousy season.

Champions after whipping the Rangers 6-2 an anticlimactic Game 7 following a sensational Game 6 to win the 11th World Series title in franchise history, but please don't tell anyone around here about anticlimactic.

Kids, all that stuff your parents tell you about hard work and never giving up. ...

All true.

Ask Chris Carpenter, who was sensational in the first World Series Game 7 since 2002, working on short rest and extra guts.

Ask Albert Pujols, he of the record 14 total bases in Game 3, and David Freese, who delivered a two-run triple and game-winning homer in Game 6 that will be discussed for generations around here.

Ask Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday and a bullpen that provided the blood and guts that powered the Cardinals through one must-win situation after another during the month of September.

On a chilly Friday evening that pulled the curtain on a sensational final month to close the 2011 season, Carpenter held the Rangers to two runs and six hits over six innings.

It was only the second time in his career that he worked on short rest. The first? Game 2 of the Division Series in Philadelphia, when Carpenter was knocked around for five hits and four runs over just three innings.

La Russa said before Game 7 that he thought Carpenter learned something from his one other short rest outing. He wouldn't say what it was, but it was clear Carpenter did. Just one more example of the trust La Russa places in his elite players, and they in him.

That, along with the talent, has been an essential ingredient in the Cardinals' three World Series appearances since 2004, and two titles.

Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:38 am
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

I'd say that too beanie if i watched my team retard itself out of the playoffs. Jealousy is such an ugly human trait. Be happy, happy that we didnt have to watch yankees red sox for the thousandth time this year, with games taking 6 hrs because it takes papelbon four tries to get the sign, then feel it necessary to stare into the batters soul. Or maybe have to watch A-rod get a high fastball, and feel he was being thrown at, God I hate the red sox and yankees, thats what makes this series so good, it doesnt have either of them!



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:07 am
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

This is all on Cruz in the 6<sup>th</sup> game. They have the warning track for a reason and he stopped well before it and approached the wall; like he now will be known as. A soft player/coward.  Like John Kruk said he would have ran through that wall given the stakes.  Heck I played college ball and would have put a nice dent in the wall even at the college level. What was funny how he put up a lame effort on a HR to climb the wall when the ball cleared the fence by 30 feet tonight, Guess he heard the people/press stating what a coward he was the night before. Soft.

GREAT SERIES for baseball fans who know the game w/I the game and congrats Cards.




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

"Boring"...get a clue



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

get a clue



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

I saw at least 20 great plays and a half dozen bad ones.  It was a top 10 WS.  It would have been nice to see the Yankees and Philly, Milwaukee or even the Cards.  Just didn't work out .... it was St. Louis' time again...the perfect storm came together for them.  Then we got to see their hearts and they had more than everybody!



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

I knew St.Louis was going to pull it out after all the soothsayers and progostigators said LaRussa lost the seris by pulling Motte in the 2nd game.  "The series won't return to St. Louis" most were saying.  This was the most written off team to almost not make the post season in history and what happens...2011 WS Champs.  Guts, grit and will gets you farther than talent.  These 2 teams were fairly evenly matched offensively and defensively.  My hat is off to Tony LaRussa and his team.  My hat is also off to the Texas Rangers for a very valiant effort.  Very exciting WS ... not the best ever but a top 10.  Now on to the winter meetings and see where a the FA's land.  I love baseball!
 



Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

Now we can get to rel baseball at hand free agent filings. Lol



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

CONGRATULATIONS CARDINALS ................ UNDER PRESSURE, A MASTERFUL PIECE OF WORK ! ! !

SO VERY GOOD TO SEE THE texas "mouths" lose again ... twice in a row ...way to go, CARDINALS ... way to go, GIANTS, last year ! !

Now, with a little more luck, the "cow-kiddies" will get their "arses" kicked as well !
Wow... WHAT A WONDERFUL YEAR ...................................

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Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Cardiac Cardinals win 11th World Series title

One Word. Boring !!!!!! This series was as bad as the angels and giants unless you are from St. Loui or dallas you didnt care


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