This World Series has a little of everything
If you’re a fan of baseball it would be hard not to find something to like about this year’s World Series matchup. Personally, just the fact that it doesn’t involve any of the biggest spending teams – St. Louis ranks 11th ($105 million) in payroll and Texas 13th ($92 million) – was enough for me. But after four games, it’s offered some great baseball as well. Sure, we’re bound to hear that the TV ratings aren’t up to par with previous series that involved big market teams. To that, I say ‘so what?’. It’s good for the game to have a series like this – the Cards putting the finishing touches on an incredible late season run and the Rangers trying to snag the first title in franchise history.
You want pitching duels? Games one and two proved to be nail biters to the finish, with the Cards winning the first game and the Rangers rallying in the 9th to win the second.
You want a slugfest? Game three looked like a football score as the men from St. Louis rolled, 16-7, with the game’s most feared hitter delivering a monster performance. Albert Pujols became just the third player in history to blast three homers in a single World Series game, collecting five hits in the process. A phenomenal perfomance by a surefire first ballot Hall of Famer. Isn’t that better than having to hear about the postseason failings of fellow big sticks like Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, and A-Rod?
Game four proved just how intriguing this series is shaping up to be. After 16 runs in game three, St. Louis was shutout by Texas pitcher Derek Holland, a guy who many baseball fans had barely heard of. Yet, he came up with a career performance on the biggest stage and when his team needed him most, two-hitting the Cards over 8-1/3 innings.
If that doesn’t leave you wanting to see more, I don’t know what will.
Here’s to hoping it’s a seven game series!
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