Different Year(s) Same Results

St. Louis found a way to survive Game 6, and then took Game 7.

How many times have we seen it happen?  In 1986, the Mets survived the “Buckner game” and defeated the Red Sox 6-5 in game 6 at Shea Stadium.  They went on to win game 7 and the series.  The next year, St. Louis had a 3-2 lead over Minnesota heading back to Minneapolis.  The Twins won the series in 7 games. 

My Braves, sigh, were in the same position in 1991 heading back to Minnesota.  Despite me screaming at the television, begging him not to do it, Bobby Cox brought in Charlie Liebrandt to face Kirby Puckett.  Puckett hit the walk off home run, Twins courtesy of Jack Morris, won game 7 the next night.  If the road team can’t close it out in game 6 on the road, it’s almost pointless to play game 7.

The Cardinals did the same thing this season, and proved this point again last night with a 6-2 clinching victory in game 7.  They made so many clutch plays in game 6 Thursday night.  They were literally on the brink of elimination, down to their final outs and final strike.  Yet they continued to battle and pick themselves up off of the mat.  David Freese played out of his mind in getting the game tying and game winning hits.

This title run by the Cardinals is even to sort of similar to their last one.  In 2006 they made the playoffs as the N.L. Wild Card as well.  They were barely over .500, going 83-78 on the season.  No one gave them a chance to do anything, but they continued to advance and ultimately beat the Tigers in 5 games for their 10th title as a franchise.  This year wasn’t much different.  They made up a 10 1/2 game deficit in the Wild Card race this year.  They were left for dead many times.  The Braves, Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers all had numerous opportunities to put them out of their misery and failed.  The Cardinals beat them all fair and square.  It doesn’t matter how awful you look leading up to the playoffs, if you make it in and make the most of your opportunities that’s all that matters.  Congrats to LaRussa and his gang, you have to give credit where credit is due.

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My name is Vinny Hardy. I am a freelance sports blogging correspondent for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. I'm from Lynch Kentucky. I currently live in Morristown, Tennessee. My wife Katie and I have been married for 10 years and we have a 3 year old son, Micah. I would like to thank Will West of WNML in Knoxville for urging me to start blogging and the Big Show's very own Terry Hanson for his unbelievable mentoring and support. Without him absolutely none of this is possible. I hope you enjoy the blog. The articles can also be seen on theisn.net, check out that site too. Leave a comment and definitely come back regularly and see what's new.