Congratulations St. Louis Cardinals, Thanks For The Memories VIDEO
After watching them win the World Series this evening, it is hard to think that on Aug. 25, 2011 the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 ½ games out of the playoffs. They played a month of virtual elimination games just to qualify for the playoffs, but clearly it didn’t end there. The Cardinals were able to withstand the tension and pressure of two successive World Series elimination games to take home baseballs ultimate prize.
On the last, wild day of the regular season, they snuck into the postseason with the fewest wins of any playoff team, 90. They weaved their way through the postseason, trailing their opponents in all three series, and even faced match point twice in a Game 6 for the ages Thursday night.
Third baseman David Freese was named the series most valuable player, a fitting reward for a kid from suburban St. Louis who grew up dreaming of playing for the Cardinals. He was also the M.V.P. of the National League Championship Series and set a record with 21 runs batted in during the postseason.
The Cardinals embodied the very essence of the game of baseball in every game they played. Role players made the difference in every series. Allen Craig hit 3 homers including one in game 7. David Freese won the MVP in the World Series as well as the NLCS. Yadier Molina had 2 clutch hits in game 7 to drive in runs. Even players like John Jay, who was 0-16 going into the now storied ending of game 6 came through with back to back hits in the winning effort.
The Cardinals refused to be eliminated over the last two months and that repeatedly clawed their way back from the edge of elimination to win the 11th World Series in team history. Congratulations St. Louis!!!