“We had a lot of adversity, but we found a way.”
St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday
The St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Championship on Friday.
The 11 titles is second in Major League Baseball, to the New York
Yankees, who have won 27.
The Cardinals got into the post-season by winning the National League’s
wild card, despite being 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves on August 25th.
St. Louis defeated a magnificent Philadelphia Phillies team in the first round
divisional series and then bested the Central Division winner, the Milwaukee
Brewers in the National League Championship Series.
The Phillies and the Brewers both had home field advantage over the Cardinals
however the Cardinals prevailed in each series.
The Cardinals trailed the Texas Rangers three games to two in the World Series
but won games six and seven in St. Louis to win it all.
This quote from Matt Holliday tells the story of the 2011 World Champion St. Louis
To make it to the post-season when you are 10.5 games out of a wild card on August
25th is just incredible.
With all due respect to game 7 of the 1960 World Series, game 6 of the 1975 Series
and Game 6 of the 1986 Series, the last three innings of Game 6 of the 2011 Series
truly were UNBELIEVABLE!
To be down by two runs with two outs and two strikes in the 9th inning and then tie
the game on David Freese’s extra base hit…to be down by two runs once again in
the 10th inning and tie it up again…and then to win it in the 11th inning on a David
Freese home run…words can’t describe it….
There are teams in all sports that do not fight back against adversity.
The 2011 Cardinals are a great story and remind me of the quote that says,”The
difference between successful people and those who aren’t successful is that
successful people try 15 minutes longer.”
Tony LaRussa said that during the Cardinals miraculous comeback in the month
of September.” we literally played every game like it was the last game of our life.”
Because the Cardinals took that attitude, they made LaRussa’s last game a