Thursday, October 27, 2011

Game 6 - Magic Strikes Again (Foster's Freese!!!!!)

Wow! What else can you say but that.

Of all the great Game 6's in Major League history, how in the world can you not say this one might just top them all. What can you say about a World Series that has given us excellent games, historic moments and now a Game 7.

I came home in the 7th inning from work and just barely missed Adrian Beltre's home run. But soon as I turned the TV on, I saw Nelson Cruz send that rocket deep and high into the St. Louis bleachers. A home run that might be forgotten after the madness that followed.

The next 4 innings gave us some of the best October baseball in history. Lance Berkman coming through after a home run earlier in the game. What in the world can you say about St. Louis being down to their last strike twice! Down by 2 runs in the 9th and 10th. David Freese going 0-for-3 then having two of the biggest hits of the night. The Cardinals scoring in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th!!!

At the same time, what can you say about Texas? Neftali Feliz on the mound and blows a save. Josh Hamilton hitting his 1st home run this postseason in the 10th. Nelson Cruz turning from hero to possible GOAT after misplaying that fly ball. Overmanaging in the high stakes pressure of a road game? They had their moments that should be celebrated but now it'll be footnotes in St. Louis' story.

David Freese brought his NLCS Magic at the right time. A two-out triple in the 9th. Then a 3-2 bomb to center to make Cardinals fans go crazy and channel the immortal words of Jack Buck "We will see you tomorrow night" - something his son Joe did so eloquently tonight on Fox.

But should we be surprised. I mean this is Game 6! Almost all of our great World Series moments happen in Game 6.

1975 - Carlton Fisk walkoff
1977 - Reggie Jackson's 3 bombs
1985 - Don Denkinger becomes the most famous blind umpire in history and P.E. No. 1 in STL.
1986 - Boston's pitching staff is one strike away several times before giving way to Bill Buckner's error.
1991 - Kirby Puckett's catch and walkoff
1993 - Joe Carter touches em all to give Toronto 2 straight titles.
1995 - Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers' 1-hit shutout to clinch the Braves title.
2002 - Angels turn a 5-0 deficit with 5 outs left into a 6-5 win over the Giants
2003 - Josh Beckett becomes a legend with his 5-hit shutout to clinch the WS for Florida.

Add this madness up there. One of the greatest games I've ever seen. The fat lady tried to sing but Buffalo Wild Wings kept locking her in the closet. I called my bro in Boston and we were just speechless. This reminded us of 2004 and how wonderful that postseason was. I thought about 2001 with the Yankees unbelievable Game 4 and 5 comebacks and 2002 watching my dorm floor erupt during the Angels' comeback.

And now we have Game 7 to look forward to. Pardon me while I try to calm down and get ready for a great night of baseball. For once, I'm happy I won't be on the sidelines for Friday Night Lights.

One game to win it all. Will Ron Washington and Texas recover? Or will St. Louis continue their improbable run that started in September. Thank you baseball and can you please give us another one tomorrow?

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