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An iconic night, one more to go

Oct 28, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

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David Freese provided a World Series moment for the ages last night.

This, this right here, is what makes baseball the greatest game ever invented.

No other sport could produce what we witnessed last night in St. Louis. The anticipation. The tension. The elation. The anguish. The back-and-forth swings of emotion that left us all glued to our TV until well past midnight.

The sense of history that allowed us to understand the significance of this Game 6 in comparison to the handful of other great ones we've seen before (1975, 1986, 1991). And an awareness of the personal touch that allowed us to fully appreciate Joe Buck's call of David Freese's 11th-inning home run, an homage to his father's identical call of Kirby Puckett's comparable game winner in Minnesota 20 years ago.

Seriously, if you couldn't relish all that at 12:38 a.m. as Mark Lowe's pitch connected off Freese's bat and sailed into the night … well, I'mRead more ยป

  1. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Couldn't have said it better. Or as well, even.

  2. John C. - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Not a classic game, but a great game. One more game for 2011; I hope that it's worthy of what's been a real fun ride so far.Once more, dear hearts, into the breach!

  3. Scooter - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    You can't experience what we did last night in soccer. Nobody ever scores.(I love soccer, so I'm allowed to make that joke.)So, what other sports did our fearless blogger miss?

  4. FOTB - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Considering the current fascination with zombies and vampires, we should not have been surprised at what happened last night. No matter how many times the Rangers drove a stake into the Cardinals' heart, they would not die. Best WS game I've seen in a long, long time. And why baseball is such a great sport. Good article, Mark.

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Amen. Just a beautiful post, Mark. Thank you. I do love baseball! Can't wait to see how it turns out (and maybe I can even catch a few zzzz's before then).

  6. Scooter - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    You can't experience what we did last night in bowling. When a bowler is down to his last strike, it still only scores 10 points. Sure, if it's the first throw of the 10th frame, he could get anywhere from 0 to 30, but I mean his last strike. You know? And the Cardinals had two last strikes. That doesn't happen in bowling.

  7. natsfan1a - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Particularly when I'm rolling the ball ('cause ain't no strikes happening then).

  8. Scooter - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    You can't experience what we did last night in tennis. Tennis can have some great back-and-forth contests, because you have to win by two. But once you get near the end of the game, whoever goes up by two points wins. Twice the Rangers went up by two late in last night's game, but each time, the Cardinals still had a chance to come back and tie it up. That doesn't happen in tennis.

  9. MicheleS - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Some day, we here in Nats Town will experience this, and I can't wait! Go RANGERS

  10. FS - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Definitely can't experience this in Cricket. At some point in the game, you know games are truly lost (except the 438 match between Australia and South Africa) for one opponent.This game reminds me of White Sox vs Nationals, June 24th when Nationals blew 3 leads by Storen, Coffey, and Clippard and won it in 14 innings. Yes, not the same scenario but was an epic game. Best Nats game this season.Looking forward to game 7.

  11. waddu eye no - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    mark – u da man

  12. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Rugby? Naaaah. All the timed games are out.Volleyball … sorta. Maybe. But there's a relatively limited cast of characters. And when one team scores enough to win, it's over. So, no.Ultimate Frisbee? Please. What about the non-ball sports?capcha = "uptilit"Up til it ends. The captcha gods say Yea.

  13. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Ski jumping?Boxing? Hmmmm. Maybe.Racing?

  14. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Here's something no other sport can match baseball in: You can watch baseball every day for 100 years, and still see something you've never seen before. Other sports may do that, but they can't promise it.

  15. baseballswami - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    And another thing about baseball – it seems to inspire its fan-base to be poetic. We romanticize games like this — as Mark did today, and so did Sec 3. It was a roller coaster from start to finish and I can't tell you how many minutes I spent just holding my breath.And I really don't have a stake in who wins – I was alternating cheering for whatever side could extend the magic. When this is the Nats – I will need medication to get through it.

  16. MicheleS - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Swami.. Bourbon and Maalox.. that's the medication we will all be taking when the Nats are in this position!

  17. Knoxville Nat - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Mark,Another great post as others have said and for two words that come in a second, a distant second perhaps, I'll submit "opening day".

  18. Feel Wood - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Scooter said…You can't experience what we did last night in tennis. Tennis can have some great back-and-forth contests, because you have to win by two. But once you get near the end of the game, whoever goes up by two points wins. Twice the Rangers went up by two late in last night's game, but each time, the Cardinals still had a chance to come back and tie it up. That doesn't happen in tennis.Actually, your two point argument is specious. Had the leads in last night's game been only one run rather than two, the drama would have been the same. Thus tennis with its win-by-two condition does provide every bit as much drama as baseball. When the last set is tied and then one player goes up by a game, the other player can indeed be down to his last serve but somehow come back to prolong the match. It's entirely possible for a tennis match to follow the same dramatic pattern as last night's game did.

  19. Positively Half St. - Oct 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Scooter- Good add-ons. The tennis one was particularly clever. Pity I could not get even close to staying up for that one with work so early the next day. Honestly, I might have stayed up until the middle of the 9th or 10th, thought "It's over," and missed one or both of the comebacks.

  20. baseballswami - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Running on 4 hours in the bed – I won't say sleeping because I was too jacked up to sleep at first. Not a terrible day – floating on baseball euphoria. I hope tonight is another epic battle – I am ready and I don't have to get up at 5. Bring it on!!!!!

  21. LoveDaNats - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Great article, Mark. What a game! and Knoxville Nat, I agree with you!

  22. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Two independent thoughts:– Was watching last night's game in a neighborhood bar, sitting near two Texas fans in town for the fishing (go figure). We were chatting good-naturedly throughout the game. When the Rangers went up by three shortly after the Beltre and Cruz solo HRs, I made a point of congratulating them on Texas' first World Series title, knowing full well (okay, hoping desperately) that by saying "congratulations, you've won" out loud, I'd put a jinx or reverse lock or whatever you want to call it on the game. You're welcome, Mr. LaRussa.– Furcal has been terrible in the lead-off role. If I'm Mr. LaRussa, I move him to 8th (or even 9th) in the order, move whoever's set for #2 up to lead-off, and let Pujols hit second, Berkman third, and Freese fourth. Give them each a fractionally better chance of hitting an extra time. And don't just give up the first out of the game.

  23. Jim Webster - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Just happened on a definition of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — depression that affects between 6-10% of the population generally during the winter months.In other words, the time between the end of the World Series and the day pitchers and catchers report.Go Cards, on the 85th anniversary of Grover Cleveland Alexander's 7th game relief victory over the Yankees.

  24. Souldrummer - Oct 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Tennis falls short because it's not a team sport. Yes, there are some epic Rafa/Federer battles that can approach what we saw for drama. Just curious, wonder how closely tennis and baseball are related as "hit that ball" kind of sports from the perspective of the ancients.

  25. Souldrummer - Oct 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Amen to moving Furcal down. I realize you want to stand by your guys, but at some time or other you're cold or you're hot. An Furcal is in a deep freeze.

  26. Scooter - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Feel Wood said…Actually, your two point argument is specious. Sure was! Just like when I acted as if a strike in bowling were the same as a strike in baseball. Roll with it, my man.[captcha: laphingu. submitted without further comment.]

  27. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    "It's entirely possible for a tennis match to follow the same dramatic pattern as last night's game did."no, because they don't have tiebreakers at the end of innings in baseball.

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    "Furcal is in a deep freeze."Fortunately, he's got a couple of months to warm up in style.

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