A Great World Series Arises From The Ashes

So, I fully apologize for letting one and all down in the heavy Tebow content department last weekend. It was inexcusable, and I do know how important it is to you all to get THE FULL TEBOW. Well, I am here to make amends. There is one hitch in the giddyup though; it turns out the biggest sports story in the land is the World Series, where the St. Louis Cardinals rose uppa from the meek earth last night – like TebowChrist would – and pulled off a miracle. This leaves us with a deciding game 7 tonight.

In all seriousness, the game last night between the Texans and Cardinals was not particularly well played defensively, nor well pitched; however, it is one of the best WS games I’ve ever seen. Wow. And that sets up the last waltz tonight for the crown. Remember when pundits were laughing at MLB and Selig because there was no Yankees, Sawx or Phillies in the Series and how it would be TV ratings scum? I do, and it has turned out quite nicely thank you very much. Best Series in a while actually. But, because Emptywheel is ALL TEBOW ALL THE TIME, when Bob Schacht asked for early WS coverage, I made it conditioned on a Tebow tie-in. Bob really came through too:

Tebow, schmebow. We’re talking about the World Series!

Anyway, if you insist: Didn’t Tebow just lead his team on a series of late game scoring drives to win a game everyone had given up on?

Same deal with the Cardinals. After screwing up for most of the game, and their bullpen giving up 4 runs in the late innings, the Cards kept coming back, tying the game twice in the late innings and then winning in the 11th inning with a walk-off homer by David Freese. Freese has had a great series, and is a young player, like Tebow. I believe Freese also committed a stupid error earlier in the game, dropping an easy fly ball at third base, so we have a redemption theme going, too.

Besides the 3 errors, the Cardinals made some great defensive plays, as well, managing to turn a bunt into a double play.

Series heros so far for the Cards: Youngster Freese, and old guy Lance Berkman, who just happens to be hitting over .400 for the series, and is cavorting around the field like someone 10 years younger.

Well hello, that is Tebow like! Apparently Bill Belichick has been wearing a Tony Larusa Cards jersey around lately. Don’t know what to make of that, but it is powerful stuff.

I find both of these teams kind of compelling and am conflicted as to who I am rooting for; mostly just for more kick ass baseball. Matt Holliday is out for the Cardinals, and the WS MVP up until now, Mike Napoli, has a pretty badly sprained ankle. Napoli played through it last night, but tonight may be a whole nuther matter, although he intends to play. Pitching will be Matt Harrison for the Rangers and Chris Carpenter for the Cards. This should favor Carpenter, but he is coming in off of a goofy schedule and only available because of the rain day interjected into the equation. It may be that both teams use a lot of pitchers.

I have no idea how this game will go, but it is always hard on a team that had it wrapped up like Texas did, twice last night they were one strike away, and who let it slip away. And, of course the game is in St. Louis. You have to think the Cards have the edge here.

Batter Up!

33 replies
  1. sojourner says:

    I live two miles from the Ballpark in Arlington… This is my one claim to fame in life! The Rangers just HAVE to pull it out… Besides, I have relatives who are big St. Louis fans and I have been giving them a lot of grief.


  2. jo6pac says:

    I’m for Tony’s team in the off season lives close by and was coach of the A. Sorry anything do with gbw the lesser is tainted. I might be able watch since the dvr was just replaced, so maybe I can catch the 9ers and F1 this weekend. Whos Te bow?

  3. scribe says:

    Isn’t Tebow that boxing-related fitness program, where you punched the plastic guy and made his electric eyes light up if you hit him hard enough?

    Is Ms. Wheel still hiding the keys to the likker cabinet on top of that water pipe in the basement? ‘Cause I could use a drink now that I’ve had dinner. And, no, it was not sushi in the desert. Yuk. next thing you know, they’ll be selling a Wyoming Roll, made with them Rocky Mountain Oysters.

    What? I wasn’t supposed to let on I knew where she hid the keys?


  4. scribe says:

    @emptywheel: In the time it took you to reply, I’m already working on a serviceable imitation of BMAz at the midget bar.

    Changing gears, and comin’ in from the pole, in time for Sunday afternoon Patsies at Stillers: Steelerweather.

    While it looks like the snow will miss the ‘Burgh, it won’t be warm. Real football weather. Kind of a wash, in that the Patsies’ home field is scheduled to get several inches tomorrow night and they count as another cold weather team. But, still, it was Stillers fans in the upper reaches of old Three Rivers who started that whole shirtless-in-a-snowstorm thing back in the 70s.

  5. bmaz says:

    Hey, where is Bob Schacht?? I thought he was gonna be all over the trash for the big game 7.

    2-2 top of second.

  6. Rosalind says:

    Bets are now open as to the exact date and time Obama summons the NBA players and owners to the White House for a beer and b ball summit/forced mediation.

    It is what he does.

  7. Jim White says:

    Well I hate both teams in this Series, but I’m gonna love the last couple of innings ’cause I just set up the new flatscreen in the bedroom. Birthday present a couple of days early. Going 40″ LED to replace an old 16″ analog is real culture shock…

  8. bmaz says:

    @Jim White: Did you get the HD cable box to go with it? Because if you don’t have the right input signal, you don’t get the full effect. Sadly, we still have analog in our bedroom. It is 27″ though else I couldn’t see it with my crappy eyes.

  9. freepatriot says:

    I had to come in late to clear something up

    the best World Series game ever was Game 7 between Atlanta an Minnesota

    1991 IIRC

    they went to extra innings tied nil-nil

    Jack Morris got the win with a complete game shutout

    most intense game I’ve ever seen

  10. RallySquirrel (formerly 4jkb4ia) says:

    This is too good. The local Fox affiliate is going to be televising the Cardinals parade when they almost certainly would have gotten TIM TEBOW at three o’clock.

  11. Phoenix Woman says:

    @freepatriot: Yup. The best game of the best series ever, a true distillation of all that had gone before. Three of the games went into extra innings, five were decided by one run, four were decided on the last at-bat — and all of these situations obtained with Game Seven.

    I still think Game Seven was Jack Morris giving his right arm a Viking funeral; it was the last truly great complete game he would pitch.

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