Saturday, October 21, 2006

World Series Game 1: Cardinals 7, Tigers 2

The Cardinals, despite the doubters, took Game 1 to admonish the overwhelming belief that they would be swept in the World Series.

Rookie Anthony Reyes was amazing tonight, pitching 8 innings. It was assumed that Reyes would be the "sacrificial lamb" for a Game 1 loss since Suppan pitched in a forced Game 7 of the NLCS. Unfortunately, for the Tigers, Reyes came with his ironed bill and knee-high socks to fight, proving his ability as a World Series pitcher. It was either Reyes or Marquis and I was, certainly, more comfortable with Reyes. I've lost some confidence in Marquis.

The Cardinals answered Carlos Guillen's RBI in the bottom of the 1st with a homer from Scott Rolen in the top of the 2nd. In the top of the 3rd, DH, Chris Duncan, doubled to right allowing Yadi to score. With Chris Duncan on 2nd, I told J I'd wet myself if Pujols came up and hit a homer. Sho nuf, Pujols homered to right scoring 2 runs. The game was now 4-1. Finally, in a crazy 6th inning, Edmonds singled to right running AP home. Encarnacion was safe on a fielder's choice and an error by 3rd Baseman, Inge. Edmonds scored on the error as Rolen took 3rd and Encarnacion took first. On another error by 3rd Baseman Inge, Rolen scored (after being blocked by Inge) and Encarnacion moved to 2nd. Cardinals led 7 -1. In the bottom of the 9th, Monroe homered to left and shortly thereafter the game was over.

I don't know if this was just because they were losing, but it seems as though the Tigers fans have a lot of class. They weren't booing our players and they weren't ridiculously cocky - despite all of the pictures of tigers eating redbirds. They showed a lot of respect for the St. Louis Cardinals and that is very admirable. I haven't seen the tigers play much this year, I just knew they were on a mission. I don't know how their fans usually react, but I have to give it to them - very classy. I hope the Cardinals fans can respect their classiness and treat them in the same manner when they're in St. Louis.

Jeff Weaver will be pitching for the Cardinals in Game 2 in the Motor City's Comerica Park tomorrow night. Veteran, Kenny Rogers, will pitch for the Detroit Tigers. Hopefully, the Cards will take the World Series in 5 games so that I can be there to see them win it at home. That would be a great beginning for our new stadium!


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