So. Here we are again, facing off with Boston for the World Series title, just like in 2004.
Or is it? As much as people are clamoring to call this a re-match, in all reality there too much about it that’s a re-match. The fact is, only one active player on each side was even around for that World Series (David Ortiz for the Red Sox, Yadier Molina for the Cardinals; while you could technically include Chris Carpenter, he also didn’t pitch in the post-season at all that year). Even the coaching staff is largely different.
I get the distinct impression many people will be picking the Red Sox to win it all, and to be honest, they’re a justifiable choice. They were an offensive juggernaut, and the fact that they have home field advantage is going to help them immensely if it goes six or seven games.
Having said that, let’s not count our boys out that quickly. Too many people have made that mistake already. I’m a staunch believer in the Cardinals, so I’m presenting a list for you (yes, you!) to use in your arguments against those who favor the Bostonians as to why this could be a different go-around. So the next time ESPN or some online know-it-all tries to use some crazy thing called stats against the Cardinals, you can throw it right back in their face.
First, they knocked out America’s Cinderella team in the NLDS. Despite Pittsburgh’s first winning season since 1992, they just couldn’t keep up.
Next came “America’s Team,” apparently. Perhaps the only other team with a comparable history to the Cardinals, the Dodgers boasted two of the best pitchers in the National League.
Our apologies, Dodgers fans, but we’re not really that sorry. Sure, Hanley Ramirez’s effectiveness was reduced thanks to an errant fastball. It wasn’t fair, right? Sure, except the Cardinals were missing a record-setting hitter with runners in scoring position ALL SERIES.
Oh, but Matt Kemp, the MVP runner up two summers ago (even I think he should have rightfully earned that award) has been injured and ineffective? That’s true. And the Cardinals have been missing their starting shortstop the entire season. And two of their three top starting pitchers to begin the season. And their closer. And their All-Star replacement closer.
Teams out of contention make excuses.
Legitimate contenders make plays.
And in Game 6, simply put, the Dodgers didn’t make the plays.
A throw home by Yasiel Puig that may have traveled further than that triple he managed to hit in LA.
A fielder’s choice by Mark Ellis that turned out to be the wrong one.
Wild pitches by the best pitcher in baseball right now.
But it wasn’t all the Dodgers’ fault.
The Cardinals haven’t been the model of consistency this series, but they came through when they had to.
Carlos Beltran making a HUGE catch in right field on Juan Uribe to rob him of a gapper. Cranking out three hits in the first five innings and driving in two runs. You want to see how right field is played, Puig? Watch that man right there.
Shane Robinson, the little-used utility man, managing two hits against Kershaw in his only start thus far this post-season.
Mike Matheny, in his second season managing the Cardinals, setting just the right lineup and rotation to get the team in. This guy could be managing this team for a long time.
And what about Michael Wacha? Not once, but twice outdueling Kershaw. How did 18 other teams pass him in the draft? Not giving up an earned run in the two biggest games of his career thus far. This is the stuff post-season legends are made of. His ERA this whole post-season? 0.43. You can thank Albert Pujols for getting Wacha since he was our compensation pick. So in a way, Pujols helped get the Cardinals to another World Series. Thanks, Albert!
And now the Cardinals stand alone, awaiting the outcome of the ALCS. Either way will be a rematch of a Series within the last ten years. Chances are you’ve seen those articles circling around Facebook and Twitter about hating the Cardinals. Maybe they pissed you off, maybe not. I for one took them in good stride.
Well let them hate.
Let them try to show the Cardinals how to play ball. It’s pretty hard to hear them as they’re sitting at home.
We are Cardinal Nation. And with us come the ghosts of post-seasons past. A triple coming against a no-doubles defense, a Texas leaguer over the infield the next inning. A fly ball into center field, and “We will see you tomorrow night.”
A curveball that fell off the table in New York.
A diminutive shortstop winning the World Series MVP.
A moonshot against Brad Lidge that hasn’t landed yet in 2005.
A home run into the right field bullpen in Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS, arms raised in triumph.
A left-handed home run off Tom Niedenfuer to walk off in the 1985 NLCS.
A World Series-record 17 strikeouts against Detroit in 1968.
A mad dash from first to home on a single.
A throw to second to catch Babe Ruth stealing to end the World Series.
This is Cardinals Nation.
4 to go.
New York City hosted it’s annual Comic Con this past weekend. Much like all the other major cities that host a Comic Convention, there are a plethora of news, reveals, and announcements. This show was no different. Every publisher made some big announcements, but yet again, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios stole the show.
I’ll break all the news down by publisher so it should be a little easier to navigate.
At least Joe doesn’t pick Jason X.
The guys discuss classics like Alien, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and The Shining – and also touch on The Thing (wait, that didn’t sound right) and Freaks.
We even talk about the re-casting for 50 Shades of Grey – because honestly, the thought of a film adaptation of Twilight slash fiction could very easily frighten the strongest of us.
Kick back, throw on your hockey mask, and listen to the smooth sounds of the ReviewSTL Podcast Episode 7: Halloween Movies.
Ahh, the dreaded remake of a classic film. Likely the thought of some Hollywood executive who caught the original on television and thought, “You know what? It was so perfect the first time, why don’t we find a way to modernize and possibly ruin it?” Okay, so that probably wasn’t the thought behind the remake of Carrie, but it sure feels like it.
Carrie White is the progeny of an insane religious woman who mistakenly thought she had cancer, when she was in fact pregnant. (Who hasn’t made that mistake, right?) Rather than view the baby as a gift from her god, she immediately thinks of the child as a product of Satan, but stays her hand when she sees the baby. Now as you can imagine, if the birth is that complicated, things are going to go well in the upbringing of this child. The film starts with Carrie as a shy outcast in high school. Her sheltered upbringing causes major problem when Carrie experiences her first period in the showers at gym. She immediately freaks out at the sight of the blood, and is cruelly taunted by classmates when they realize she doesn’t know about her menstrual cycle. This moment eventually spawns a viral video, and Carrie becomes a social pariah at her school.
In steps the white knights of the story, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) and Tommy Ross (Anson Elgort), the assumed prom king and prom queen of the high school. Sue feels remorseful for her part in the hazing of Carrie, and wishes to make it right. To make amends she convinces her boyfriend Tommy to ask Carrie to the prom. All of this creates an enemy of the vicious Chris (Portia Doubleday), and sets in motion a plan to embarrass Carrie at the prom.