To quote the late St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck, “I don’t believe what I just saw.”
Not only was that the greatest Game 6 in World Series history — yes, better than than Game 6 of the 1975 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds when Carlton Fisk waved his homerun fair — it was the greatest World Series game of all time.
O.K., perhaps I am writing in the heat of the moment but it was the best World Series game I’ve ever seen. Yes, even better than when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004.
Now it didn’t start out that way with both the Cardinals and Rangers making errors galore but then both teams bore down with the Cardinals coming back from the precipice of elimination not once but twice.
The Rangers appeared to be on the verge of winning their first World Series when they took a 7-4 lead on back to back homeruns by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Although Allen Craig’s solo shot brought it to 7-5, the Rangers were one strike away from popping champagne bottles when hometown boy David Freese hit a ball down the right field line off Rangers closer Neftali Feliz which just eluded Cruz. Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman scored and Freese ended up with triple and the score was tied 7-7 forcing extra innings.
But no sooner than the Cardinals came back from the dead, the Rangers answered back when Josh Hamilton hit a two run homerun off Cardinals closer Jason Motte in the top of the 10th to take a 9-7 lead. It was Hamilton’s first homerun of the post-season. I told my roommate Christopher that the Cardinals had just pulled off a miracle and needed to pull of another.
Well, a miracle they delivered on a two-run single by Lance Berkman off Scott Feldman in the bottom of the tenth tying the game at 9-9. Once again the Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series and once again they couldn’t ground the Redbirds.
Freese played hero once again in the bottom of the 11th with a solo homerun off Mark Lowe to give the Cardinals a 10-9 win and force a Game 7 tomorrow night. This marks the first time the World Series has gone to a seventh game since 2002 when the Anaheim Angels bested the San Francisco Giants.
I began this post by quoting Jack Buck. I shall end this post by quoting Jack Buck, “We’ll see you tomorrow night.” Yeah, I know the game is technically occurring later tonight but you get my drift.
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