Cardinals Win World Series 2011: Freese MVP
The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series 2011 Champions. And, the kid who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Redbirds was named MVP of the Series.
David Freese capped off the MLB championships by knocking in 2 more runs (for a MLB record of 21 postseason RBIs) to help the Cards defeat the Texas Rangers baseball club by a 6-2 score. The American League champion Rangers issued an MLB record 41 walks during the postseason, a significant number during the Series itself.
“A man once told me to walk with the Lord. I’d rather walk with the bases loaded.” – Ken Singleton (Baltimore Orioles) after forcing in a run with a walk in the 1983 World Series.
Chris Carpenter, the ace of the St. Louis’ mound corps, worked on just 3 days’ rest, shutting down the vaunted Texas’ offense. Carpenter did not have his best stuff, but was clearly in command. The 2 big differences in the outcome: lack of efficiency by the Rangers’ pitching staff…and the great situational hitting by the Cardinals.
The 2 teams exchanged a couple of runs in the first inning, then Allen Craig launched a home run to right field off Texas’ lefty, Matt Harrison, in the third inning. In the bottom of the 5th, the wheels came off the Rangers’ team bus–3 walks and 2 hit-by-pitches–and it was, in essence, over.
“My pitching philosophy is simple. I believe in getting the ball over the plate and not walking a lot of men.” – Bob Gibson (Cardinals 1959-1975)
This was the 9th straight victory by a home team in a game 7 of the World Series, the 11th Crown for the St. Louis Cardinals in their fabled history. It is also the 5th time that a Wild Card team has won the Fall Classic. Only the New York Yankees have more World Series championships than the Cardinals. This makes Manager Tony LaRussa’s 3rd World title. The Rangers have now lost 2 World Series in a row–the first team to do so since the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992. These are the only World Series appearances in the Rangers’ franchise history (since 1961, when they originated as the 2nd version of the Washington Senators–they became the Texas Rangers in 1972). By the way, Carpenter is now 9-2 in his postseason record, edging up the list of the All-Time pitchers.
As one of my Ranger fan buddies put it, “The Cardinals were the hot team.”
What a great postseason for baseball!
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