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Best Game Ever

Last week I posted on the 2011 World Series in anticipation of Game 6. I’ve watched a lot of baseball in my life and Game 6 was the best game I have EVER seen. Hands down. There were so many ups and downs and lead changes that the game kept viewers on the edge of their seats. On two different occasions, the Texas Rangers were one strike from claiming their 1st world championship. David Freese had other plans.

With 2 outs and 2 strikes in the bottom of the 9th, Cardinals third baseman Freese hit a 2-run triple to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The Rangers blew their chance, however, reigning MVP Josh Hamilton brought his team back as an MVP should. Hamilton hit a 2-run home run to put his team back in a position to become champs. Yet again, Rangers pitchers broke down and gave up two more runs to tie the game going into the 11th inning. It was in the 11th that hometown hero Freese hit the game winning home run, sending the game to a decisive, winner-take-all Game 7.

The Rangers were already beaten. They had the championship in their hands and let it slip–twice. The Cardinals capitalized and won Game 7 to win their 2nd World Series in 5 years. Following the championship parade, legendary manager Tony La Russa retired from the Cardinals, making the 2011 World Series his swan song. It was his 3rd World Series win, his second with the Cardinals after winning one with the Oakland A’s in 1989. Congrats to the Cardinals. Game 6 was a game that people will be talking about 50 years from now.

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The Fall Classic

The 107th World Series is currently in progress as the Texas Rangers have a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals going into Game 6. Personally, I do not like the Rangers at all. I’m a Texan, love everything about my home state, but I do not like the Texas Rangers. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. He has been the best player in baseball over the last 5 years and I’d like to see him win his 2nd championship. Everything is on the line for the Cardinals on Thursday in Game 6; win or go home. The game was supposed to be played Wednesday but weather forced Major League Baseball to postpone the game.

The series has been one of the more exciting World Series in recent years. There have been low scoring pitchers duels and high scoring home run derbies such as in Game 3’s 16-7 Cardinals win. In the game, Pujols had 5 hits, including 3 homers. He became the 3rd player to hit 3 home runs in a World Series game, joining Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson. Many feel that Pujols cemented his spot in the Hall of Fame in Game 3.

The exhilarating moments are not over in the fall classic. Hopefully, the series will go 7 games and we’ll get to witness one of the most dramatic ends to the baseball season that we’ve ever seen.

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On to October

Last night was one of the most exciting nights in Major League Baseball history. After 161 games, the playoff fates of 4 MLB teams came down to the last night of the regular season. With one game remaining, the Atlanta Braves were tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the last National League slot in the playoffs. On the American League side, the Boston Red Sox were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays. The situation was simple: if you win and the team you’re tied with loses, you make the playoffs; if both teams win or both loses, the two tied teams square off for a one game playoff to determine who goes on to the postseason.

Weather in Baltimore began to have an effect on the Red Sox-Orioles game and in the 7th inning, the umpires delayed the game with the Red Sox leading 3-2. The Sox had a 9 game lead on the Rays on September 3, losing this game would conclude the biggest collapse in baseball history. When play was resumed, the Orioles bats woke up and in the bottom of the 9th inning, they scored 2 runs to win the game and leave the Red Sox to watch the conclusion of the Rays game to see if they would qualify for the playoffs.

The Rays were losing 7-0 to the Yankees with an inning and a half to go. Commentators around the country were considering the game over and the Rays’ season over. Miraculously, the Rays scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th and another in the 9th to tie the game 7-7. Three minutes after the Sox lost in Baltimore, Rays shortstop Evan Longoria (pictured) stepped up to the plate while the crowd cheered after hearing the final Red Sox score. Longoria, having hit a homer earlier in the game during the 6 run rally in the 8th, had the pressure on his back. He subsequently belted the game winning home run and put the Rays in the playoffs when everybody counted them out. THE RED SOX CHOKED!!!

The NL side of things was dramatic as well. The Cardinals held up their end of the deal rather easily, defeating the lowly Astros 8-0. All the Braves had to do was win in order to force a one-game playoff. They had a 2-1 lead with one out left to win the game against the Philadelphia Phillies but couldn’t hold on to the lead. The Phillies, the best team during the season, came from behind to win the game and eliminate the Braves.

Such an exciting night for baseball. I don’t always watch during the regular season but last night was definitely a special one. If the playoffs even come close to the dramatics of last night, they are definitely going to be must see TV.

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