Top of the World • The St. Louis Cardinals overcame a 10-1/2-game deficit in the final month to win the wild card spot on the season’s final day. That success carried over to the postseason, which ended with a Game 7 World Series win over Texas. And what a journey it was.
Paint the town red • The sidewalks along Market Street were awash in red. Many in the crowd, five- to 10-deep in spots, had been there for hours, patiently waiting to cheer their boys of summer. Stories from the parade route »
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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Extra, extra! • The St. Louis Cardinals have won their 11th World Series title! The Post-Dispatch is now distributing a Stadium Edition at Busch Stadium. An Extra Edition available in local stores early Saturday afternoon, full of postgame photos and highlights from Friday night’s game (and celebration). You can also stop by our office at 900 N. Tucker Blvd. to pick up extra copies of the paper.
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)
Game 5 hero • Mike Napoli
With the Rangers Ballpark crowd standing and chanting his name as “Nap-Oh-Lee” flashed on the scoreboard, the power-hitting catcher wrecked the Cardinals hopes for the second night in a row — this time with a game-deciding, two-run double in the eighth. Napoli has nine World Series RBIs; the rest of the Rangers combined have 10.
Game 5 goat • Allen Craig
Poor Allen. He’s a power hitter, not a speedster, and twice he was thrown out at second base on botched hit-and-runs with Albert Pujols at the plate. Perhaps he can share the “goat” label with his manager? The hit-and-run calls are evidence that Tony La Russa is over-managing again, and not in a good way.
Who’s your pick for the hero and goat of Game 5 of the World Series?
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)
11 in ‘11? • Tony Veal of St. Louis wore his own Cardinals uniform to the pep rally outside Busch Stadium on Thursday. A Cardinals win tonight in Game 6 against the Texas Rangers will force a Game 7 on Friday. (Photo by Laurie Skrivan / email@example.com) See more photos »