Good god what a curveball. I almost fell off my couch watching that one.
Are the Cards the worst team to ever play in a World Series? They won EIGHTY-THREE Games, people! That's a couple of bad hops on ground balls from a .500 record. The National League is just tragic these days. Even Scott Spezio, who couldn't hit his weight in Seattle, is considered a comeback star over there. You gotta root against the Cards just for his sake.
I realize my opinion is decidedly biased, but I don't think anyone will be spanked. I would be really surprised if it is decided in less than 7 games.
also, @ BC: yeah, that was filthy...
Fnarf: cliche' of the day...It's not how you start, it's how you finish. 1.5 games better than the Astros, beat the Padres in 4, and just good enough to beat the Mets.
I hope they end up the worste team to WIN the WS. Just for your sake :)
Tigers in 5 is wishful thinking... that the Cards can actually compete with that pitching staff. The AL makes it 12 WS games won in a row, Tigers sweep the Cards.
What a great series! Mike in MO, rejoice. Stand up, scatter some sand, and do a little skippity-skap! Serious, I'm happy for La Rusa (he hugged every player) and I like Jeff Weaver (as will any M's fan that liked Jeff Nelson's pitching style). It was truly a great effort by a tough group of players.
MIM: Seattle hates the red soulpatch, Sandfroggin', waste of M's dough and NW niceities, Scott Spezio. We will all laugh if he craps his Depends in the Series. And if that turns out to be the case, I will wear a red soulpatch on my pubis, in his honor. Guaranteed.
I'm with BC -- rookie closer Adam Wainwright's curveball slammed the f'n door on the New York Cubs (you there, Chicago Fan?). The NYCs gave themselves a chance, getting guys on in the bottom of the 9th. But once Wainwright got his curveball sorted out, fuck man, it was over. High fastballs, then 12-6 curveballs to follow. Totally mesmerizing. You felt a little bad for the Cubs' batters. Because you could see Wainwright bending those curveballs WITH HIS MIND.
I'm not unfamiliar with the knee buckle. I was in junior high by the gym showers on April Fools, and Harry Limberopolous though it would be funny to 'rear-clip' a clothespin onto the nerve bundle at the top of my sack. Knee buckle. Then you just spend some seconds telling yourself that nothing just happened in front of everybody.
Too bad. I like Willie Randolf and was hoping to see Julio Franco make it to the Series. And, I was rooting for Endy Chaves to knock in some runs for the Mets after having made that highlight-forever catch in Left.
Now, all that being said, Fuck The National League! Go Tigers. Can't wait to see Kenny "Coward of The County" Rogers, Carlos "October Surprise*" Guillen, and the Tigers' great, young pitching staff cut off the primary feathers of the Cards.
*(The October Surprise will be Jim Gray asking Carlos Guillen on live TV who he thinks is the better president: Hugo Chavez or George W. Bush)
Tigers haven't played in a week, Cards are fresh off the NLCS victory. Momentum is with St. Louis, and Detroit is not the fighting underdog anymore. Advantage St. Louis.
I won't make a prediction on who wins, but it's going to take 6 or 7 games to play out.
LaRussa even hugged Rolen and his 0 rbi...
Chicago Fan here: New York Cubs might be the lowest thing anyone's ever said.
As for the WS, I'm rooting for the Tigers (rust belt v. the south), which probably dooms them, but some historical precedents to keep in mind.
While the AL dominated the NL in interleague play this year and is simply the better league, the same could be said of the late-'80s and the dominant Oakland A's--you remember the Bash Brothers, yes? Yet LaRussa's boys won only one WS, beating the Giants in '89, after losing in 5 to the Dodgers and before being swept by Sweet Lou Piniella's Reds. So there's a precedent for the weaker team winning (see also both Minnesota WS wins).
The week off could help or hurt Detroit, and the "momentum" could help St. Louis or be a non-factor. A week off helps the Detroit pitchers rest, might make their hitters a bit rusty.
My take: whoever wins Game 1 wins the Series.
Let's hope it goes seven games. To paraphrase George Will, there are only two seasons: Baseball and the Void. Let's put the Void off as long as possible.
Rusty Detroit hitters can still run rings around primed Cardinals. There's only one guy on that team who knows which end of the bat is which. OK, two. But hitting in the NL is like hitting in Triple A these days; even Spiezio can do it. When they go up against the real pitchers, even the mighty Pujols will falter. No hit, no pitch, no field. They'd have finished below the Mariners in the AL.
I disagree with Bill: I think the Cards are going to win Game 1, and then not score another run in the next four games.
I made the prediction over a week ago: Birds beat cats in 6. Wish I had been in Vegas to throw some $ on it. This is a classic Sylvester and Tweety Bird struggle.
hee hee you said "Pujols".
hee hee you said "spanking pooholes!"
Bill> you stickin' with the "whoever wins game one" prediction?
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