Last night, however, I was being somewhat of a fair weather fan, dejected when the Washington Nationals took a 6-0 lead early in the game and sustained a continuing lead until the 9th inning. At one point I was so miserable I was going to turn off the TV. As it turned out I’m sure glad I didn’t, because the Cards delivered once again, with heart and soul, to go on to beat the Nationals and secure them a place in the National League Playoffs, where no doubt they will beat the Giants, and head to the Big Show.
(Newser) – What the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Washington Nationals last night has Ryan Bothmann at Bleacher Report wondering whether this might be the “most clutch” team in sports history. If you missed it, the Cards once trailed 6-0 in the game but scored four in the bottom of the 9th to win 9-7. They were down to their final strike more than once and came through, just as they did again and again last year on the run to the World Series title.
Both seasons also required a late September rally just to make the playoffs. No problem. What the team has done in the last two years “will likely stand alone as one of the most clutch events that sports fans will ever see,” writes Bothmann. Read the full column here. (The Yankees also advanced last night, which means it’s Yankees-Tigers in the AL and Cardinals-Giants in the NL. More on the matchups here and on A-Rod’s sinking fortunes here.)