If you haven't been following the 2011 World Series, it's not too late to jump on the bandwagon. The series is going to seven games - the first time since 2002 when the Angels beat the Giants.
In one of the most heart-pounding thrillers in baseball history, the St. Louis Cardinals twice rallied when they were down to their last strike of the season. First, David Freese saved them with a two-run triple in the ninth, then Lance Berkman delivered a tying single in the 10th. The Cardinals won Game 6 in epic fashion Thursday night, coming from behind to win 10-9 in extra innings.
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Whatever happens, whether the Cardinals or Texas Rangers ultimately win the title, they'll have a hard time topping last night. Facebook statuses and Twitter streams were filled with comments. It seemed like just about everyone was following the game. Some were appalled; some were delighted but fans everywhere are psyched that the Fall Classic is going to the wire.
A Series that was dismissed by many before it began for lacking glamour teams suddenly has turned into must-see TV. Fox even took some flack initially for pushing New Girl a few weeks to make way for baseball coverage and super-sized X Factor episodes. (Star Zooey Deschanel wasn't completely dissed however as she was invited to sing the National Anthem during Game 4).The crowd of 47,325 that watched the game live last night was a record for 6-year-old Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Home teams have won the last eight Game 7s in the World Series, a streak that started with the Cardinals beating Milwaukee in 1982. And the Cards have won the most Game 7s in Series history, going 7-3.
But the Rangers have not lost back-to-back games since August. Game 7 will mark the ultimate test and it's just a question of which team ultimately refuses elimination.
The final game takes place Friday night (tonight) at Busch Stadium with lead singer of Daughtry singing the National Anthem.
Babe Ruth was right when he said: "Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." So next time someone tells you "Baseball is boring," remind them about Thursday night.
What began as a sleeper has turned into one of the greatest series ever. And it comes down to one final game. Will you be watching tonight?
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