Let me start by saying this: Screw you Carl Linder!!!! One of Linder's final moves as owner of my Cincinnati Reds was an unpopular one that the new leadership wishes never happened. He dealt away Sean Casey, who had a spectacular World Series for the Tigers, for Dave Williams. The Reds waived Williams about two months into the season. Nice. Now on to the series.
The Cards are your 2006 World Series Champions? How did they do it??
-they played as a team
-the guys had a will to win
-they did the little things
-no one believed in them
You, know.....all of the cliches that every championship team gives you right after they win.
But, actually, it was true for the Cards. St. Louis became the worst team [record wise] to win the Series. They had the 13th best record in the majors this year. In fact, adding their 11 postseason wins onto their 83 regular season wins....they'd still be just 5th in wins among everyone else's regular season totals.
The main reason the Cards beat the Tigers was because the Tigers played really, really, really bad. Orca bad. Five games, five pitchers committed five errors. They threw to the wrong bases, they played too shallow, they played too deep, they had baserunning errors, they pinch ran for the wrong guys, too many walks given up, etc. And it wasn't just a fluke thing either [well, falling down in center field was]. Last night, Justin Verlander fielded a ball hit to him and fired it to third for a force.....and overthrew the base. Joel Zumaya did the same freaking then two games earlier. Does anyone learn anymore??? Brandon Inge was walking to third on a ball hit back to the pitcher. Why???
To make it even, the Cards kept Chris Duncan and his laughable defense in right field. Even Adam Dunn was laughing.
It was so embarrassing that at one point I really thought to myself, "why doesn't St Louis just bunt the ball to the pitcher constantly"?? I know in the AL, they are used to guys swinging for the fences and bunts aren't as big a deal....but, c'mon!
It's the first time that an NL Central won the World Series [the last current NL Central team won the series was the Reds in 1990] and marks the SEVENTH different World Series champions in seven years.