First, let me be honest….I did not watch all of World Series Game 6. I watched Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement. Then, I started “prepping” for a job interview I had today. Of course, prepping meant playing on facebook and watching the World Series and the Thursday night college football game on ESPN. (The interview did go well, I find out next week).
So, I really started watching the game in the bottom of the 6th with the Cardinals down 4-3. The Cardinals would tie the game up and in the top of the 7th inning Texas would hit back to back solo homeruns to make it 6-4. The Rangers would add one more run to make it 7-4. I thought the game was over. The Cards would not add a run in the bottom of the 7th and with only 6 outs remaining, Texas was sitting pretty. However, in the bottom of the 8th Allen Craig would hit a solo shot to bring the Cards within 2 runs (7-5). Still, with Neftali Feliz looming in the 9th I didn’t like the Cards chances. But, if there’s something….anything the movie Dumb and Dumber taught us, there’s always a chance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX5jNnDMfxA
Still, trying to score 2 runs against a good quality reliever as Feliz is tough. Ryan Theriot lead off the bottom of the 9th with a strikeout. Then, came the gratuitous “this could be the last at-bat for Albert Pujols in a Cardinals uniform” from Joe Buck. Pujols doubled to left-center, Lance Berkman walks and all of a sudden we have a rally in the bottom of the 9th. Next up is Allen Craig….and…..he…..strikes out. Wah wah wahhhhhhh. So, now the Cardinals season is up to the hometown kid David Freese. Freese, with two strikes, hits a screaming line shot to the right field wall, juuuuuust out of the reach of Nelson Cruz. I’m in my living room going nuts. Pujols and Berkman score, Freese to 3rd base….game tied at 7!
Now, to the top of the 10th and Josh Hamilton hits a 2-run homerun to put the Rangers up 9-7! Now, this would have been the ultimate story of redemption of my lifetime had this held up. Hamilton, who was the #1 overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft has fought drug and alcohol addiction for many years. Basically, this man is on his last chance as far as playing baseball is concerned. He’s failed numerous drug tests and wasted many years, but he has turned it around and is one of the best stories of overcoming substance abuse I’ve ever seen. Earlier this season, after catching the final out of an inning, Hamilton threw a ball into the crowd and a man trying to catch the ball leaned over a railing and ended up falling to his death. His young son was with him at the game. Obviously, this broke Hamilton’s heart and he just felt sick about it. So, you can see why this would have made a very nice story of redemption. Unfortunately for Texas, it wasn’t meant to be.
The Cardinals, down to their final strike in the bottom of the 10th, had Lance Berkman come through and hit an RBI single to tie the game up at 9! I was in shock and just losing it. I don’t have a single horse in this race and I was acting like a little kid in a candy store. I didn’t want this game to end, but….it had to end with a bang. We needed a game 7 and after Texas went scoreless in the top of the 11th, David Freese ensured his place in ST. Louis history with a solo walk-off homerun. “And we’ll see you tomorrow night,” said Joe Buck honoring his late father Jack Buck who said the same thing in game 6 of the 1991 World Series after a walk-off homerun by Kirby Puckett. This was without a doubt THE BEST world series game I’ve ever seen.
So, here we are. Game 7 of the World Series is tonight, Friday night. No major college football or NFL games to compete with. Just parents of high school football players and high school football fans will be away from televisions. Bars and sports fans at home will be tuned in to Fox. It’s all or nothing tonight, injuries and fatigue be damned. If you’re injured or hurt, you WILL PLAY TONIGHT. This moment doesn’t happen very often and when it does, you do everything within your power to play and win this game. I’ll be watching…..will you?