Saturday, 8 October 2011

Unbelievable Cardinals! Are you ready for a movie and a bestseller?

Can you believe it? The Cardinals are in the NLCS after beating the Phillies in game 5.

Just in case you missed it, the St. Louis Cardinals had no chance of making the playoffs a month ago - except for a mathematical possibility. As of August 25th, the Cardinals were 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves, and it wasn't much better on September 5th as they were still 8.5 games behind with the season ending in just 3 weeks!

The world turned upside down - the Atlanta Braves lost 15 out of 22 games, and the Cardinal won 16 out of 21 games, just enough to squeeze into the playoffs instead of the Braves. And the biggest insult of all, the Atlanta Braves lost the last game to the Phillies after leading by 2 runs. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the ninth, and Cardinal's outfielder Pence scored the winning run in the 13th inning, ending Atlanta's season.

Oh my...! Drama!

As dramatic as this may seem, the Boston Red Sox somehow managed to surrender a similar collapse in the American League losing the wild card to the Tampa Bay Rays. They were leading by 9 games entering into September.

On October 7th, St Louis Cardinals pitcher, Chris Carpenter, out duels his friend Roy Halladay and the highly favorites Phillies of 102-wins in game 5. Halladay spent many years with Carpenter as part of the Toronto Blue Jays. The game was more like a soccer match, ending 1-0! The Cardinal continue their Cinderella story and move into the NLCS.

Movie makers, Book writers... Are you ready...?

And just imagine that the Cardinals win it all...!

Update: On October 16, the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NLCS and reach the World Series. It's just getting better...

Update: On October 27, the Cardinals managed to make an unbelievable comeback to force game 7! Down by 2 runs in the ninth and another 2 runs in the 10th inning! Yet somehow, they still managed to win. It's unbelievable...!

Final Update: October 28, 11:20PM EST, The St Louis Cardinals defeated Texas Rangers and won the 2011 World Series. This is the greatest comeback in baseball history.

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