Last night the St. Louis Cardinals forced a game 7 in the 2011 World Series Championship against the Texas Rangers. This is the first time there has been a game 7 since 2002 when the Anaheim Angels beat the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were able to extend the series with a 2 RBI, game-tying triple in the bottom of the 9th and a walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th (both hits from third baseman David Freese). If game 7 is anything like game 6, this World Series could go down in history as one of the most exciting series ever. First pitch is 8:05 pm tonight on Fox. One thing that got lost in the shuffle of last night’s extra inning heroics was the play by play call made by Joe Buck. Mitchell & Ness loves the history of baseball and we couldn’t help but notice Buck’s choice of words for the walk off homer.
Back in 1991, Jack Buck, Joe Buck’s father, called the World Series matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 11th inning (noticing a trend?), Kirby Puckett smacked a walk-off homerun for the Twins to force a game 7. Immediately after Puckett made contact, Jack Buck said “We’ll see you tomorrow night!” And as David Freese started his trot out of batter’s box, Joe Buck said, you guessed it, “We’ll see you tomorrow night!” Not to many people have the opportunity to pay homage to your father like that, and we thought it was pretty cool.
Okay baseball fans, who do you like tonight?
Quite a World Series we're having, don't you think? With tonight's game five on our minds, we bring you two of our favorite Rangers and Cardinals image from our archives.
Former Rangers Manager Bobby Valentine
The 1943 St. Louis Cardinals
So who do you like in tonight's match-up?
After a roller coaster ride of September baseball, the 2011 MLB Playoff teams are now set.
(1) Philadelphia Phillies vs (4) St. Louis Cardinals
(2) Milwaukee Brewers vs (3) Arizona Diamondbacks
(1) New York Yankees vs (3) Detroit Tigers
(2) Texas Rangers vs (4) Tampa Bay Rays
Keeping in mind that the National League will have home field advantage due to winning the All-Star game, who do you think will win the 2011 World Series Championship?
"The dumber a pitcher is, the better. When he gets smart and begins to experiment with a lot of different pitches, he's in trouble. All I ever had was a fastball, a curve and a changeup and I did pretty good." - Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean would enter the big leagues at 20 years of age on September 28, 1930 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Seventeen years later he would play his final game on that same date, departing from the Major Leagues on September 28, 1947.
Four years after making his debut his younger brother Paul dean would join him as a Cardinal on April 18, 1934 and would remain as Dizzy's teammate until 1938 when Dizzy was traded to the Chicago Cubs.