Cardinals Score a Red October
Go crazy folks, it’s official…the St. Louis Cardinals are the 2011 World Series Champions!
But don’t call it a comeback. The Red Birds deserve full credit for taking St. Louis on one of the wildest rides in baseball history, coming from 10 ½ games behind in August to become powerful World Series contenders. With the help of some phenomenal relief pitching, an incredible post-season offense (nods to Pujols, Berkman and Freese) and the spirit of their new fuzzy brown mascot, the Cards have overcome a lackluster regular season to become baseball’s new Cinderella story.
After securing the wild card spot in their division, St. Louis sealed the deal against the Philadelphia Phillies in the climactic fifth game of the NLDS.
And it didn’t stop there…
In the NLCS race, the Birds finished off the Milwaukee Brewers in game six, taking the series at Miller Park. By the third inning, there were an astonishing six combined game home runs including Freese, Pujols and Furcal and the Cards were up 6-4. They went on to win it 12-6 and officially clinch their spot in the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers.
After a whirlwind series, the Cards brought it home for one of the most climactic games in World Series history that ended with David Freese’s legendary walk-off home run in the 11th inning to keep the magic alive and send the birds to Game 7. And in Game 7 the Cards capped off an unbelievable season with a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers to win their 11th and most unexpected World Series title.
Overall, the post season has brought in over $15 million in tourism revenue for St. Louis, not to mention pride, excitement and joy to fans all over the country. Thanks to the Cardinals for an amazing and historical postseason run!
Final Standings: Cardinals: 4, Rangers: 3
Check out some of our pictures from the Series below!