Congrats to the Redbirds!

I don’t have much analysis to add, but it’s a sweet night for all of us St. Louis Cardinal fans. As a kid growing up in the 1980s, whose limited baseball skills involved speed and defense (with a complete lack of power), becoming a Cardinal fan was only natural. David Eckstein, in so many ways the living embodiment of “Cardinal Baseball,” is your World Series MVP.

And what a relief it was to watch a World Series without either the Yankees or Mets, when another putrid Subway Series once seemed inevitable…

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1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.


13 Responses to Congrats to the Redbirds!

  1. Mr O 10/28/2006 at 12:09 AM #

    I didn’t watch a single pitch of the world series. I guess it was an interesting series if you are a Cards or Tigers fan. It would have been a lot more interesting with one of the NY teams simply to have a favorite to pull against. In this case, it was between two teams who nobody cares about one way or the other except for their own fans.

  2. MadWolf92 10/28/2006 at 12:22 AM #

    It would have been a lot more likely for me to watch without Buck/McCarver. Congrats to the Cards, but it’ll likely fade from memory quickly.

  3. CarnifeX 10/28/2006 at 1:34 AM #

    Baseball needs to move its Championship to the last weeks of summer. Right now there are too many exciting sports happening to pay attention to baseball. Baseball would be doing itself a favor by shortening the season and holding championships while other sports (read: the good ones) are getting going in preseason.

  4. Lock 10/28/2006 at 5:05 AM #

    …aaaand I no longer have a reason to listen to the broadcast online tonight. [mutter]

  5. waxhaw 10/28/2006 at 7:57 AM #

    Might have been a relief for you to watch without the Yankees or Mets but I’m still bumming that the Mets “old as dirt” pitching staff fell apart in the final month. With one more starter, they would be popping the bubbly right now.

    I’m still glad the NL won though. Now if the NFC can just get a superbowl win….

  6. Lunatic Fringe 10/28/2006 at 9:28 AM #

    waxhaw, It was not the pitching that failed the Mets, but the hitting during their series. The Mets averaged ~2 runs a game minus Game 4 where it appeared the rookie Reyes was tipping his pitches.

    In fact, the reason the Cards won all the series was by keeping the score low, playing good defense, and the use of timely hits. The teams vs. the Cardinals averaged ~2 runs during the whole postseason (including the 12 run tipping game).

    I I have to say that I am pretty much riding high after a season where my favorite Hockey team (Hurricanes), my favorite baseball team (Cardinals), and my favorite coach (Cowher) are all now champions. Now if we can just get our college sports in order…

  7. redfred2 10/28/2006 at 9:48 AM #

    I’m with O. I feel about watching baseball like some people do about watching golf. There’s too much…he’s hitting 305 in this ballpark when facing a lefty and it’s between 64 and 67 degrees farenheit, the wind is 10 to 12 mph blowing NE, the grass was cut the morning of, and not before, and if, and only if the guy in section DD, aisle 54, seat 17, has already eaten his normal allotment of three hotdogs… If you have to analyze a game that hard in order to make it interesting, I don’t need it.

    Like Tim McCarver said, “His manager says he has a much better on base percentage when he goes to the opposite field and hits it away from the defense.”…No shit.

    Love to play the game, but don’t really like to watch either that much. I did watch some anyway, just because it was the World Series, but I couldn’t get into it at all.

  8. waxhaw 10/28/2006 at 11:04 AM #

    I thought the Mets run production would fall off. You are facing better pitching and better teams in the playoffs.

    If you have better pitching, you don’t have to score as many runs. (and vice versa)

    2 of St Louis’ victories made it to Wagner with a tie game. I think pitching hurt the Mets. However, if they had scored more runs, that would have worked too.

  9. highstick 10/28/2006 at 11:20 AM #

    It’s not the World Series without the Yankees. Love ’em or hate ’em, it’s like tea without sugar, BBQ without vinegar, sex without a woman, and the NCAA Final Four without NC State!

  10. MikeMc_92 10/28/2006 at 3:41 PM #

    Hey Nice!!

    A Cards comment on my Wolfpack board. Glad to see I’m not alone with these two allegiances.

    I managed to live with loss two years ago because the Sox were on such a tear. I still can’t believe we did not win the series (much less lose the NL to the ‘stros?) last year because the team was so excellent last year.

    This year? I mean, after the all-star break things just kept getting worse. Then we limped in to the playoffs – then beat the Pads, next that incredible Game 7 with NYM. On paper this team was probably the worst of the past 5 – 7 years, but they played like the champions they should have already been. UN BE LIEV ABLE

    I’m sorry to the rest of you who aren’t cards fans because this world series win keeps me from being suicidal over wolfpack football. When is the first regular season game for bball?

  11. Glen Sudhop54 10/29/2006 at 12:18 AM #

    I’m a Reds fan, but congrats to the Cards. They made fun of the NL central race with the Cards, Reds and Astros saying that no one deserved to go to the postseason given the mediocre records. St Louis did the Central division proud.

    OK I gotta get this off my chest. THANK GOD THE RED SOX DID NOT WIN!!!!

    I am still pissed at them for making a mockery of winning a World Series a few years ago by immediately presenting championship rings to Pesky, Fisk Yaz etc–PLAYERS WHO NEVER WON A WORLD SERIES!!!!! Dammit, it would be like the Dolphins giving Marino a ring if they ever won a SuperBowl(Like THAT will ever happen) Hey Carlton Fisk!! Who won in 1975?

    By the RedSox reasoning, ANY Ex-player for the Diamondbacks or the Marlins deserves a World Series ring just because they once wore their uniform.

    I guess the Sox werent planning on winning any more series, thank goodness. Just think Bosox fans, if you win one more World Series you will TIE the Florida Marlins for titles in your lifetime. WOO-HOO!!!!

  12. Packof82Cards 10/29/2006 at 1:50 PM #

    I must say that I was a little surprised to see this entry on here. That being said I still can’t believe that my Cards are the World Series champs!!WOOO!!! Really nice to see that some of my fellow state fans are also some of my fellow Cardinal fans. Enjoy it fellas!!! We’ve been waiting a long time.

  13. Glen Sudhop54 10/29/2006 at 3:30 PM #

    Just goes to show you, regular season records don’t mean squat when it comes to postseason. The Cards had the worst record of the playoff teams and they are the World Champions. The Steelers were a 6 seed and they won the SuperBowl. The Ednonton Oilers had the worst record of the NHL playoff teams last season and almost knocked out our ‘Canes.

    As a long suffering Colts fan, I wish the regular season counted for something. A little advice for Chicago Bears fans, no SuperBowl has ever been won in October or November–If so my Colts would have about 3 or 4 championships this decade.

    Congratulations to the Cardinals and their fans–a class act all away around!!

    Go Pack
    Go Reds
    Go Colts
    Go Hurricanes (Not Miami)

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