“Go crazy folks, go crazy!!!”- Jack Buck
The Cardinals didn’t deliver the type of drama Friday night that they did in Game 6, but they gave the fans in St. Louis something even better: a World Series title.
Less than 24 hours after their improbable win forced Game 7, the Cardinals secured the crown with a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers in front of a sea of red at Busch Stadium.
A team that sat 10 1/2 games out in the wild-card race on Aug . 26 can now call itself a World Series champion.
“It puts an exclamation point in the run we went on,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “To be standing here tonight celebrating a world championship is something we really couldn t have imagined eight weeks ago.”
The Cardinals have now won 11 titles in franchise history, second only to the Yankees 27.
Given the opportunity to pitch on three days rest thanks to Wednesday s postponement, Chris Carpenter gave the Cardinals everything he had. The righthander held the Rangers to two runs on six hits in six-plus innings, walking two and striking out five.
“You can’t put it into words,” said Carpenter, who went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts. “It’s an amazing feeling.”
David Freese continued to swing a hot bat, delivering a two-run double in the first to erase Texas early lead. Freese finished the series with a .348 average (8-for-23), one home run and seven RBI to earn MVP honors.
“I sit here right now, and I still can’t believe that we actually did this,” said Freese, a product of St. Louis who set a record with 21 RBI this postseason. “It’s going to take me a little bit, I think, to realize what we’ve accomplished.”
Congrats again to the Cardinals and the city of St. Louis!