This.  Is.  Awesome.

2006 was special, but this… this is… LEGENDARY.  In fact, I think this is one of those cases where it really is necessary to describe the situation as EPIC.

And it’s epic, it’s legendary because, like a lot of good things that come to us in life, it was completely unexpected — increasingly unexpected — each step of the way.

From being 10.5 games out of a playoff spot on August 25th, to just squeezing their way in on the last day of the season, to beating one of the best baseball teams of the last decade, to nipping the rivaled favorite with a thumping in the Championship Series, to coming back from five deficits in a must-win Game 6 that included a game-tying bottom of the 9th RBI triple AND an extra-inning walk-off homerun BY THE SAME PLAYER.

To winning it all.

That gives me real, tangible hope for life. It reminds me that great things do happen when ya really work hard.

It says never give up.

And enjoy the ride.

I tip my cap to the Rangers.  They’re a fantastic team.  But right now I’m gonna sit back and enjoy this…*pops the BUBBLY*

Also, my first son’s name will be Freese.  Just so ya know.

Hate me ‘cuz I’m on the winning team, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.  (Talkin’ to you, Jonestein) 😉



(Images via Michael Heiman/Getty Images)


  1. Michael David

    Congrats to you and your Cards, Jeff. This has been a fantastic World Series for all baseball fans. The Cards proved that if you just don’t stop fighting, you never know what can happen. Let it all sink in, and have a beer or two for me!
    ‘Minoring In Baseball’

  2. Randy Stern/V&R (@VictoryReseda)

    What can we say? This was the improbable scenario and, they grabbed the rug under the Rangers’ feet to do so. Congrats, Jeff! This was the season you had exactly in mind in March. Not only that…it’s the biggest middle finger to Selig, ever!

    Besides, there’s a bottle of Moet et Chandon Brut that needs to be finished off…

  3. Jane Heller

    Big clap clap clap for the Cardinals and congratulations to you, Jeff. You must be on a cloud and I hope the feeling lasts for a long time. Of course you’ll name your kid Freese. Maybe Freese Albert?

  4. Adam

    Personally, I couldn’t watch anymore after the 10th inning of Game 6. But, nonetheless, it’s hard not to feel happy for you Jeffy. Live it up.

    ps. Even I was happy to hear Freese got the MVP. That guy…

  5. Red State Blue State

    Jane, WR, RR, Aaron and Adam: GRAZIE! FEELS FANTASTIC! And Adam, yes, Freese is a superstar in the making. Happy to have him. But, seriously, how could you change the channel from that GAME SIX!?!?!

  6. John

    I’m going to name my firstborn “Octavio”.

    Remember that one time that David Freese hit a game-tying triple in the 9th when the Cardinals were one strike away from losing in the World Series, and then he hit a game winning homerun in the 11th? And then they won the whole enchilada 24 hours later? THAT WAS AWESOME.

    I can’t stress this enough. I’ve worked in minor league baseball, worked for a team that won a league championship, I’ve even earned a championship ring and got to dump champagne on peoples heads in the locker room. Until a week ago, THAT team was my favorite baseball team of all-time. Now… it’s the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. I’m still on cloud nine from all of this.

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