St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese joins the team for informal workouts in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 21, 2012. (Video by Derrick Goold / Post-Dispatch)
Seventh heaven • A night after becoming the first team to rally five times in a World Series game, the Cardinals used six innings of inspiration from starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, a first-inning double by Series MVP David Freese and a third-inning bolt by replacement left fielder Allen Craig to take the lead. A two-run fifth inning built without a hit provided a cushion that four relievers didn’t need as the Cardinals ran out the 11th world championship in franchise history and the second in six seasons.
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Deep Freese • The Cardinals have moved beyond the unlikely, through the implausible and on to the absurd. Twice down to their last strike and possible elimination from the World Series, the Cardinals twice rallied to tie the Texas Rangers before ultimately forcing tonight’s Game 7 on third baseman David Freese’s 11th-inning launch into the night against reliever Mark Lowe.
Freese it • The St. Louis Cardinals bench erupts after David Freese hits a walk-off home run during the 11th inning of Game 6 of baseball’s World Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the game 10-9 to tie the series 3-3. Game 7 starts at 7:05 p.m. at Busch Stadium. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
Fumbles and bumbles • David Freese flipped over a railing and Nick Punto missed a ball. The third inning of Game 6 of the World Series was less than graceful. And then there was the fourth inning … (Photos by Charlie Riedel and Matt Slocum / Associated Press)
Deja Craig • It was Game 1 all over again. Alexi Ogando comes out of the bullpen to face pinch hitter Allen Craig with the score tied. Remember how that ended? Same way. Craig singles to right, though this time Nelson Cruz is nowhere close, and David Freese (seen in the background) scores to make it 1-0. (Photo by Chris Lee / email@example.com) More on World Series Game 2 »
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Freese-frame • David Freese, holding the NLCS MVP trophy at top, and manager Tony La Russa are doused with beer and champagne Sunday in the clubhouse after Game 6 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee. (Photos by Chris Lee / firstname.lastname@example.org)