We’ve all seen or know about Joe Carter’s game-winning home run against Philadelphia in the 1993 World Series that gave Toronto it’s second straight title, we’ve all seen or heard about Reggie Jackson’s three-home run performance in the 1977 World Series, and most have heard about Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
Well, for those who have not watched the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers, baseball’s 107th championship series has had just about all of that, and then some.
In case you missed it, Albert Pujols became just the second player in Major League Baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game in the Cards 16-7 game three win over Texas.
In case you missed it, Rangers lefty Derek Holland became the first pitcher in a decade to toss a shutout when he pitched an 8 1/3 inning, two hitter in the Rangers’ 4-0 game four win, just a night after the 16-7 blowout.
In case you missed it, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had the game winning hits in games four and five to put Texas up 3-2 in the series entering Thursday night’s game six.
In case you missed it, or didn’t realize it, Thursday night’s game six was the first game to be delayed a day since the 1975 World Series between the Reds and the Red Sox. That same game six saw what is now the infamous Carlton Fisk homer that forced a game seven.
In case you missed it Thursday night, St. Louis became the first team in World Series history to come back down two runs in both the ninth and the tenth innings.
In case you missed it, David Freese became the first player since Joe Carter to hit a game winning home run in a World Series.
And in case you’re going to miss it, Friday’s World Series deciding game seven will be the first game seven in a World Series since the Giants and Angels went the distance in 2002.
This year’s Fall Classic may not have the big market teams that people like to watch. However, while we’re “not interested” about both the Cardinals and Rangers, it should be known that while we’re considering it as two “small market” teams playing in a series that sucks for the ratings since nobody’s going to watch it, we’re missing sports history here.
It’s not often that you get to see damn near everything that is baseball-art in one series.
For the record, both game’s one and two were each won by a run, St. Louis has scored 10 or more runs in two of the games in the series, there’s only been one shutout and numerous plays both offensively and defensively.
Game seven could be a blowout. Maybe even a washout.