World Series 2011 Game Six: Cards Freese Rangers In Thriller

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Third baseman David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals may not have the credentials of his teammate, Albert Pujols, or the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, but he is rapidly approaching cult status among the Busch Stadium faithful! Freese, the “Big Chill,” blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the […]

History of Baseball: The Man From Hawaii

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On Wednesday, October 26th, Game 6 of the World Series 2011 was postponed due to rain. And, the article in this column about Goro Mikami struck a chord with American and Japanese baseball history enthusiasts. In fact, I received comments regarding the great Osaka Hanshin Tigers pitcher, also mentioned in the article, Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi. […]

History of Baseball: Japan’s First Pro Ballplayer in America

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The history of baseball is often a reflection of American culture. Sometimes, the history of baseball in Japan merges with the history of baseball in America. A friend of mine was recently involved in a heated debate with a business associate about who was the first professional baseball player from Japan to play in the […]

World Series 2011 Game Five: Napoli-onic

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On Monday, October 24th, the World Series 2011 offered up a scintillating pitching match-up, a repeat of game 1. The 2 aces of their respective staffs, Chris Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals and C. J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers baseball club hooked up for what promised to be a nail-biter! Neither pitcher disappointed. […]

World Series 2011 Game Four: The Holland-Napoli Show

In 2009, Derek "The Dutch Oven" Holland was rated the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz.

It has been said that the only pitcher who can defeat Derek Holland is… Derek Holland. That comment is based on his erratic command. In game 4 of the World Series 2011, the MLB championships produced a gem of a pitching performance. Holland pitched the Texas Rangers baseball club right back into contention with a […]

World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King

When Albert led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.

On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs! Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB […]

World Series 2011: Did You Know…

Since the World Series era began in 1903, only Craig and Dusty Rhodes of the '54 New York Giants, have RBI'd in three consecutive postseason games as pinch-hitters.

If the first 2 games are any indication, we are in for a lot of excitement in the World Series 2011! Did you know that Allen Craig for the Cardinals is the first player to have a pair of pinch-hit RBIs in the same World Series since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jay Johnstone in 1981? […]

World Series 2011 Game Two: Forever Young

Ian Kinsler (pictured above) steals second in Game 2. Oddly similar to the 1975 World Series, Dave Concepcion (Cincinatti Reds, then managed by Sparky Anderson) stole second and scored on a 3-2 game-winning double by Ken Griffey which tied the seies at a game apiece.

On Thursday, October 20th, the World Series 2011 saw game 2 unfold at Busch Stadium. The weather was cold and so were the vaunted offenses of both teams. However, the Texas Rangers baseball club, faced with going back to Arlington down 2 games to none, rallied in the ninth inning to win a classic, 2-1. […]

World Series 2011 Game One: Cards Outlast Rangers

Chris Carpenter was the first Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.

On Wednesday, October 19th, one of the most anticipated match-ups of the MLB championships kicked off, game one of the World Series 2011. The St. Louis Cardinals prevailed 3-2 over the Texas Rangers baseball club at Busch Stadium. As advertised, the game was close–well-pitched– and both defenses played better than expected. C. J. Wilson, the […]

The DH Blues

Connie Mack was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Athletics, and president of the Athletics. He helped establish the American League.

Today, Wednesday October 19th, begins the greatest show in all sports, the World Series 2011. The MLB championships culminate with the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals hosting the American League’s Texas Rangers baseball club. Once again, this event brings up the controversy of the Designated Hitter. Remember, this is the position created to bat in […]