I can tell you how tense that game was. I couldn't sleep for hours afterwards. The game was over around 12:30 AM Eastern. I didn't fall asleep until about 3 AM. True, I am excited about the big tournament this weekend,* but I don't think that caused the insomnia. I think it was the pressure of the game (even my wife, who is not a baseball fan, was getting anxious) and the resultant exhilaration of the walk off homer by the local kid that just kept my adrenaline pumping all night. Like Lance Berkman, I was ready for Game 7 last night.
*I'm not as thrilled about not being able to watch the game and the resulting celebration tomorrow, especially after last night. I feel a bit robbed of that because of the rain delay. I do have it set to record, though. I'm still going to try to listen to the game on the radio, though.
Was it a perfect game? No, not at all. A few ugly errors on both sides is enough to prove that. As a side note: never let pitchers throw to a base. It will always end in tears. But that's okay. If it were played perfectly by robots, it wouldn't be fine. It would just be predictable. No, last night was the perfect illustration of when baseball goes right, even when the game might not be by definition "right." I don't know how many times I gravely texted my brother that the magic had run out and finding myself more bummed than I probably should have been as a Cubs fan. And every time, the Cardinals found a way. Sometimes with help from Ron Washington and the Rangers pitchers, sure, but you still have to do your own part. Especially to come back that many times, and that late in the game. Just amazing.
For Game 7. . . well, geez. I'm not going to pick a winner. I can't. There are examples of amazing games like that were the momentum carries the day (and the championship), there are times where the team in the Cardinals shoes have shot their wad and are done in Game 7. I've picked the Rangers all year, and they haven't disappointed me so far.
But fuck it. With Darth Carp on the mound, the Cardinals will make it 11 in '11.