The World Serious

Even though the St. Louis Cardinals broke my heart by beating the Brewers in the playoffs, I find myself wanting them to win the World Series.  Not too long ago, the Cardinals were written off, 10 games back, with no hope for the wild card even.  But here they are in the World Series.  On paper, they are supposed to lose to the Texas Rangers–a team I also liked, especially last year in the series–but they have been defying whatever’s on paper with incredible clutch performances.  Chris Carpenter shutting down the Philadelphia Phillies, no less!  Albert Pujols batting close to .500!  And then the other performances all the way through the batting order!  And the manager Tony la Russa, said to be playing chess while all of the other managers are playing checkers!

What is your analysis, prognosis, and prediction?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    Well, they pitched their ace last night and only managed to squeak out a one-run victory. With a disputed call, at that. My heart’s with St. Louis but my head’s with Texas.

  • Pete

    Well, they pitched their ace last night and only managed to squeak out a one-run victory. With a disputed call, at that. My heart’s with St. Louis but my head’s with Texas.

  • Pastor Jacob Ehrhard

    Most people forget that the Cardinals led the division for the first half of the year; they also won 90 games–seven more than in their 2006 championship year. This is a good team with clutch hitting up and down the lineup and off the bench, starting pitching that toughs it out despite a lack of dazzling stuff, and a reinvented bullpen that has been lights out.

    Cardinals in 6, and I am hoping to see #2 in person tonight :)

  • Pastor Jacob Ehrhard

    Most people forget that the Cardinals led the division for the first half of the year; they also won 90 games–seven more than in their 2006 championship year. This is a good team with clutch hitting up and down the lineup and off the bench, starting pitching that toughs it out despite a lack of dazzling stuff, and a reinvented bullpen that has been lights out.

    Cardinals in 6, and I am hoping to see #2 in person tonight :)

  • Joe

    My analysis is that I am done with baseball for the year. I do not like (although I respect) the Cards and Texas plays in a league that has adopted the most un-holy of rules, the designated hitter. I can’t root for either team so ….. GO PACK GO

  • Joe

    My analysis is that I am done with baseball for the year. I do not like (although I respect) the Cards and Texas plays in a league that has adopted the most un-holy of rules, the designated hitter. I can’t root for either team so ….. GO PACK GO

  • Dust

    Is this a “serious” question about the world series? or a “series” question about the world “serious”? i mean, seriously :)

  • Dust

    Is this a “serious” question about the world series? or a “series” question about the world “serious”? i mean, seriously :)

  • James Hageman

    Makes me want to read “Men at Work” by George Will again.

  • James Hageman

    Makes me want to read “Men at Work” by George Will again.

  • Jonathan

    THe season ended when the Yankees lost the first round. Without NY, it’s just men throwing a ball around, but I’m hoping, for the my father’s sake, the Cards win. Nothing good ever comes out of Texas.

  • Jonathan

    THe season ended when the Yankees lost the first round. Without NY, it’s just men throwing a ball around, but I’m hoping, for the my father’s sake, the Cards win. Nothing good ever comes out of Texas.

  • –helen

    OUCH! (And I’m a non-native.)

  • –helen

    OUCH! (And I’m a non-native.)

  • Pete

    @5

    Wasn’t Tony LaRussa featured prominently in “Men At Work”?

  • Pete

    @5

    Wasn’t Tony LaRussa featured prominently in “Men At Work”?

  • http://lwtheology.wordpress.com tdoig

    As a citizen of the Lone Star State, I must say that Texas has made many great contributions to this great nation (in no particular order):
    – Nolan Ryan
    – Greg Maddux (born in San Angelo, TX)
    – Slingin’ Sammy Baugh
    – Lee Trevino
    – 3 U.S. Presidents (Dwight Eisenhower was born in Denison)
    –Tex-Mex cuisine
    –Brisket
    –Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
    – Spindletop
    –The Texas Rangers (1st Team since the New York Yankees of the late 90s to win ALCS back to back)
    –Audie Murphy
    –Bob Schieffer
    –Walter Cronkite
    –George Strait
    –Texas Instruments
    –Dell

  • http://lwtheology.wordpress.com tdoig

    As a citizen of the Lone Star State, I must say that Texas has made many great contributions to this great nation (in no particular order):
    – Nolan Ryan
    – Greg Maddux (born in San Angelo, TX)
    – Slingin’ Sammy Baugh
    – Lee Trevino
    – 3 U.S. Presidents (Dwight Eisenhower was born in Denison)
    –Tex-Mex cuisine
    –Brisket
    –Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
    – Spindletop
    –The Texas Rangers (1st Team since the New York Yankees of the late 90s to win ALCS back to back)
    –Audie Murphy
    –Bob Schieffer
    –Walter Cronkite
    –George Strait
    –Texas Instruments
    –Dell

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tdoig (@9), the Aggie Corps is a “great contribution” — to the entire nation, no less?

    Pretty sure you should’ve quit while you were ahead, with brisket and Tex-Mex.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Tdoig (@9), the Aggie Corps is a “great contribution” — to the entire nation, no less?

    Pretty sure you should’ve quit while you were ahead, with brisket and Tex-Mex.

  • Jonathan

    tdoig, I grant you the brisket. Thanks. :)
    My comment about Texas was over the top and inappropriate. Made in jest, but still shouldn’t have been made at all.

  • Jonathan

    tdoig, I grant you the brisket. Thanks. :)
    My comment about Texas was over the top and inappropriate. Made in jest, but still shouldn’t have been made at all.


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