All the people watching the game probably missed this, but I did post a college football blog about reorganizing the conferences here if you didnít catch it.† By the way, I sort of rushed this (not used to writing something overnight on a week day), so excuse any errors.† I'm editing bit by bit.† I just couldn't not write a blog about this.
About 4 weeks ago, I wrote about the last day of the season and mentioned what great baseball viewing it was. I still think that was the best day based on the fact that two series were tied and three of the four games went down to the wire, with a rain delay in Baltimore perfectly timed, combined with a late finish in Tampa. But Iím having trouble coming up with a World Series game better than the one last night. I am old enough to remember 1991 Twins-Braves, 1993 Blue Jays-Phillies, 1997 Marlins-Indians, etc., and obviously there were some great Game 6/Game 7 hits in those series, but the three instances of the Cardinals coming back to tie before the game-ending home run has to put this over the top for a single game. Now, if I had to choose between being there last night and being there for Don Larsenís perfect game, I would have chosen the perfect game, but I wasnít around back then and even something that historic has a sort of predictable flow to it. At first, it was simply an early-game lack of offense, then after a handful of innings, with each out it became a bigger and bigger deal. This was a complete rollercoaster though, and it looked like completely different Cardinals teams (except for Lance Berkman anyway).
I love the weird facts and statistics that come up in baseball so you can have a long list of the first team to do x, the first player to do y, etc., even after 106 World Series. So thatís what Iíll start with.
The Cardinals are the first team to score in the 8th, 9th, and 10th in a World Series game (then they added the 11th). They are the first team to come back from down 2 runs twice in 9th or later.
The last team to win a road Game 7 was the 1979 ďWe Are FamilyĒ Pirates. At least the Pirates did some things before I was born, because other than almost beating the Braves in the early í90s, they havenít done much since.
8 teams since then have won seventh games at home, 7 of them were down 3 game to 2 before winning the last two.
Two teams during that time period had won Game 6ís on the road, the 2003 Marlins and 1992 Blue Jays. The other exception (the winner at home who didnít trail 3-2) was also the Marlins, the 1997 edition, which lost to the Indians in Game 6 at home before winning Game 7.
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