What a game

UPDATE:  The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series!  They did to the Texas Rangers what I have seen them do over and over again to the Milwaukee Brewers, not only in the playoffs but when I lived in Wisconsin and went to lots of games.  They become just relentless, coming back again and again, even when you think you’ve put them away.  Coming up with that clutch hit just when they need it and consistently performing improbable heroics.   I admire the Cardinals.  I’m going to add them to my list of teams I follow.

[The following is about Game 6, being hailed as one of the best games ever.  I discovered that I taped it!  I'm going to watch those last innings that I missed.]:

After a long, long day, I couldn’t stay up any longer.   In a game filled with mistakes, strange events, and passionate intensity with every pitch, I gave up and went to bed, violating my own baseball rule, and thus missing the extra innings in which St. Louis came back TWICE to win the 6th game of the World Series.

In one of the greatest thrillers in baseball history, the St. Louis Cardinals twice rallied against the Texas Rangers Thursday night when they were down to their last strike of the season to send the World Series to a pivotal Game 7 for the first time since 2002.

First David Freese saved them with a two run triple in the ninth, then Lance Berkman delivered a tying single in the 10th.

“Turned out to be one for the ages,” said Daniel Descalso, who keyed a Cardinals comeback.

Hours after Freese’s home run plunked down on the grass patch beyond the center field wall, long after the ballpark emptied, a message still burned bright on the scoreboard: “See you TOMORROW NIGHT for Game 7 of the World Series!”

Whatever happens, whether the St. Louis Cardinals or Texas Rangers win, they’ll have a hard time topping Thursday night.

“You had to be here to believe it,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

via World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Thrilling Win Forces Game 7 Against Rangers | Fox News Latino.

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.

  • Dust

    Hopefully your just as good at predicting the outcome of the 2012 presidential race :)

  • Dust

    Hopefully your just as good at predicting the outcome of the 2012 presidential race :)

  • Dennis Peskey

    As a wise man once said, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over!” Amen.

  • Dennis Peskey

    As a wise man once said, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over!” Amen.

  • Abby

    Speaking of celebrity Lutherans: David Freese is LCMS!

    Dust @1: Yes, we will hope so! :)

  • Abby

    Speaking of celebrity Lutherans: David Freese is LCMS!

    Dust @1: Yes, we will hope so! :)

  • Joe

    @Abby – is Freese any good at it?

  • Joe

    @Abby – is Freese any good at it?

  • Abby

    Joe @4: That I couldn’t tell you! Can you read hearts?

  • Abby

    Joe @4: That I couldn’t tell you! Can you read hearts?

  • Abby

    It’s just fun to claim one!

  • Abby

    It’s just fun to claim one!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Lance Berkman and I were both at Rice at the same time. I hope that tonight he looks back on all the fond (and completely made-up) good times we had together, and realizes what he must do: throw the game for the good of the state of Texas.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Lance Berkman and I were both at Rice at the same time. I hope that tonight he looks back on all the fond (and completely made-up) good times we had together, and realizes what he must do: throw the game for the good of the state of Texas.

  • http:jesus-is-not-irrelevant.blogspot.com Mary Johnson

    GO CARDS!!! Our whole office today did nothing but talk Cards. It was a great game. I only hope we can pull off another win tonight.

    So, score today for productivity: 0
    Score for Cards support: 10

  • http:jesus-is-not-irrelevant.blogspot.com Mary Johnson

    GO CARDS!!! Our whole office today did nothing but talk Cards. It was a great game. I only hope we can pull off another win tonight.

    So, score today for productivity: 0
    Score for Cards support: 10

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’m just wondering if any pastor will use Game 6 as an illustration of Law and Gospel like occasionally they do with some movie or another?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I’m just wondering if any pastor will use Game 6 as an illustration of Law and Gospel like occasionally they do with some movie or another?

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    As a kid growing up in Pensacola, Florida in the 60s and 70s, baseball was still king of sports. I spent many long hours shagging flies on red dirt fields idolizing my baseball heros, and then my dad took me to see THREE Atlanta Braves games. The Braves were my team. I saw Hank Aaron hit several home runs, and my dad always talked about how I walked all by myself around the stadium and turned and waved at him.

    Baseball is such a beautiful game.

    Last night was the most amazing, and crazy, World Series game I’ve ever seen.

    Whoever wins, it is going to be good for Baseball.

    The Rangers have never won a WS in their fifty year history and this season was amazing for them, and emotional, including the death of a fan who fell from an upper deck. Noland Ryan, a devout Christian, reached out to the family and comforted them with the Gospel.

    The Cardinals? What can you say. We are privileged to be watching the finest player to take the field: Albert Pujols. I only hope the Cardinals management comes to their senses and signs him up for a multi-year contract and lets him finish his career here!

    He began with St. Louis eleven years ago.

    After his rookie year he gave Tony Larussa a photo and asked him to sign it. Larussa asked for a night to consider what he would say on the photo. [how classy is that?] He gave it back to Albert the next day and on it he wrote: “To the best player I’ve ever seen.”

    Consider this, baseball fans: this is Tony Larusa, one of the greatest mangers of all times.

    Go Cards!

    But if the Rangers win, I won’t feel too bad about it.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    As a kid growing up in Pensacola, Florida in the 60s and 70s, baseball was still king of sports. I spent many long hours shagging flies on red dirt fields idolizing my baseball heros, and then my dad took me to see THREE Atlanta Braves games. The Braves were my team. I saw Hank Aaron hit several home runs, and my dad always talked about how I walked all by myself around the stadium and turned and waved at him.

    Baseball is such a beautiful game.

    Last night was the most amazing, and crazy, World Series game I’ve ever seen.

    Whoever wins, it is going to be good for Baseball.

    The Rangers have never won a WS in their fifty year history and this season was amazing for them, and emotional, including the death of a fan who fell from an upper deck. Noland Ryan, a devout Christian, reached out to the family and comforted them with the Gospel.

    The Cardinals? What can you say. We are privileged to be watching the finest player to take the field: Albert Pujols. I only hope the Cardinals management comes to their senses and signs him up for a multi-year contract and lets him finish his career here!

    He began with St. Louis eleven years ago.

    After his rookie year he gave Tony Larussa a photo and asked him to sign it. Larussa asked for a night to consider what he would say on the photo. [how classy is that?] He gave it back to Albert the next day and on it he wrote: “To the best player I’ve ever seen.”

    Consider this, baseball fans: this is Tony Larusa, one of the greatest mangers of all times.

    Go Cards!

    But if the Rangers win, I won’t feel too bad about it.

  • Joe

    Abby – nope I can’t read hearts. My question (in non-sarcastic voice) was simply is he actually an LCMS member or, like so many of the other celebrity Lutherans, simply grow up in an LCMS church that he has now abandoned.

  • Joe

    Abby – nope I can’t read hearts. My question (in non-sarcastic voice) was simply is he actually an LCMS member or, like so many of the other celebrity Lutherans, simply grow up in an LCMS church that he has now abandoned.

  • Abby

    Joe #11: He is actually a member. But I still can’t say if he is good at it. I hope I didn’t sound sarcastic either. Sometimes I don’t know where the words come from that pop out of me!

  • Abby

    Joe #11: He is actually a member. But I still can’t say if he is good at it. I hope I didn’t sound sarcastic either. Sometimes I don’t know where the words come from that pop out of me!

  • Abby

    Albert Pujols attends church also. And is very outspoken about his faith.

  • Abby

    Albert Pujols attends church also. And is very outspoken about his faith.

  • Abby

    Joe — I was over excited about David Freese and was somewhat misinformed. He has taken communion there and was schooled at the LCMS congretation. But attendance is sporadic at best. You were right.

  • Abby

    Joe — I was over excited about David Freese and was somewhat misinformed. He has taken communion there and was schooled at the LCMS congretation. But attendance is sporadic at best. You were right.

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  • Joe

    Abby – I should apologize for trying to be clever. We should not use his attendance records to discount his faith. Obviously, the man has a unique job that takes in on the road for large portions of the year. My question was written with Steve Jobs in my mind. With the news of his death many in the Lutheran world were quick to point out that Jobs was confirmed in an LCMS church, but they were not so quick to point out that he abandoned the faith and became a Buddhist.

  • Joe

    Abby – I should apologize for trying to be clever. We should not use his attendance records to discount his faith. Obviously, the man has a unique job that takes in on the road for large portions of the year. My question was written with Steve Jobs in my mind. With the news of his death many in the Lutheran world were quick to point out that Jobs was confirmed in an LCMS church, but they were not so quick to point out that he abandoned the faith and became a Buddhist.

  • Abby

    Joe–I don’t know what the Buddhist’s believe about life after death. But I heard from an interview of Job’s biographer that Steve could not believe that when you die that one’s life ceases to exist. He believed that (he did not say “soul”) all that you are as an essence continues to go on. And that is why he refused to install “off switches” on any of his products. I thought that was very interesting. And if that is not Buddhist thinking, then some of his Christian training might have still resided in him. I sure hope Jesus did.

  • Abby

    Joe–I don’t know what the Buddhist’s believe about life after death. But I heard from an interview of Job’s biographer that Steve could not believe that when you die that one’s life ceases to exist. He believed that (he did not say “soul”) all that you are as an essence continues to go on. And that is why he refused to install “off switches” on any of his products. I thought that was very interesting. And if that is not Buddhist thinking, then some of his Christian training might have still resided in him. I sure hope Jesus did.


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