Yeah, I know. It's a little late.
Full credit has to go to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here was a team that was well-back in the wild card standings at the start of September. Yet their hard work mixed with a little luck (meltdown by wild card leading Atlanta) and it all paid off in the end.
It was fitting, given that it turned out to be Tony La Russa's final season as a manager and possibly Albert Puljos last season as a Cardinal.
I love a good underdog story and the Cards were classic underdogs.
Nobody thought they could make the playoffs as the regular season was entering its final month. But they did it. Nobody thought they could beat the Philadelphia Phillies, picked by many, including yours truly, to win it all this year. But they did it. People also doubted they could beat Milwaukee and Texas. But once more, they did it.
And how can you not love David Freese? Regardless of how his career turns out, Freese has cemented his legacy in St. Louis.
Finally, congratulations to the former Blue Jays on the Cards' roster:
- Chris Carpenter
- Mark Rzepczynski
- Octavio Dotel
- Corey Patterson
- Dave Mckay