Friday, October 28, 2011

On the World Series and one of the greatest baseball trades of all time

There are times I am reminded just why I love baseball so much. This World Series is one of the reasons. It's had so many twists and turns, it's mind-boggling. I think the classic example is David Freese dropping the popup early in Game 6 and then becoming the hitting hero for the ages later.
Think about the comeback by the Cardinals means when it comes to the legacy of Josh Hamilton. If it doesn't happen, his two-run homer in the 10th to make it 9-7 would have been remembered forever in baseball history. Instead, it will be a tiny footnote.
Also, I thought Rangers manager Ron Washington fell in the same lefty-lefty matchup trap Tigers manager Jim Leyland did in Game 6 of the ALDS. Bring in the pitcher with the better "stuff." Scott Feldman starts the 10th instead of Darren Oliver, the Rangers are world champs.
They still might be. In my opinion, Texas will win tonight. I don't think they will fold.
By the way, one of the great trades of all-time: December, 2007, the Cardinals sent Jim Edmonds to the Padres in exchange for David Freese. Edmonds hit .178 and was released in May by the Padres. Freese, who is from the St. Louis area, has become one of the greatest hometown hero baseball stories ever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice article. Couldn't agree more with the lefty trap. Loved the baseball that was played tonight. That roller coaster we rode for free tonight happened to be a great ride.

1:49 AM 
Anonymous Michael C said...

Amazing game. Cardinals seem like a team of destiny to me.

I think it'll be hard for the Rangers to come back from being that close to winning it all. Kind of like the Red Sox after the Buckner error.

2:14 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I know the percentages, but in the postseason it seems like with the best pitchers trumps the lefty-lefty matchup most of the time.

11:52 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michael C,
You were right. Cardinals were a team of destiny.

11:52 AM 

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