Cardinals take eleventh World Series crownMonday, November 14, 2011 By Jessica Sanders
The crowd erupted into screams as the television screen filled with red and white confetti. Yadier Molina fell to his knees, jumped up, then ran to Chris Carpenter and tackled him. The Cardinals had just won the World Series! The Cardinals’ season started off horribly, but steadily climbed. As soon as they won the wildcard St. Louis finally become hopeful. As the Cardinals continued to dominate the Philadelphia Phillies, they became know as the underdogs of the season and went on to the World Series to face the Texas Rangers. As the World Series started the Cardinals won game one, but hit a slump with games two, four, and five. However, as game six came around, the Cardinals were keeping pace with the Rangers, hit to hit. In the ninth inning, Cardinals fans were holding their breaths as the Rangers struck out and they watched anxiously as Albert Pujouls hit a double, which sent two Cardinals home to tie the game. With the score 7-7, Cardinals fans were on the edge of their seats. After the Rangers scored two runs in the tenth inning, the Cardinals rebounded by tying the score. As Carpenter struck out the final players in inning eleven for the Rangers, the Cardinals waited anxiously for the moment that would define St. Louis’s history forever. At the bottom of the eleventh, the Cardinals had two on base with Pujouls at bat. And…Yes! Pujols sent the ball into the outfeld. As two players raced towards home base, Cardinal fans cheered them on. The Cardinals won game six, letting them continue onto the last game of the World Series. As the final pitch of game seven went in the ninth inning, you could see the worried faces of the fans in the stands. The wind up, the pitch, and Allen Craig made an amazing leap to catch a ball driven to left field just as it was going over the wall for a homerun. The Cardinals had just won their 11 th World Series, a sad occasion for some, but an exciting time for everyone! Tony La Russa retired the following day. Albert Pujols would be a free agent by the next week. Yadier Molina was given his fourth golden glove in a row, and David Freese was given the MVP award, the NLCS MVP, and the key to the city. Its’ a great day to be part of the Cardinal Nation!