SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (BaseballStL) -- Less than 48 hours after one of the most epic comebacks - Chris Carpenter's words - in the history of postseason baseball, the Cardinals try and refocus for the next step in their quest for World Series title number 12.
Quite a task, too, with them playing the Giants.
How the Cards are even here pretty much defies all logic. In about a hundred different ways they should be at home right now watching this series unfold with the Nationals in San Francisco instead of them.
Down 6-0 with Gio Gonzalez on the mound...at home? Please.
Down two with Drew Storen pitching? Please.
One strike away from the offseason...again? Please.
Figuring out how these Cardinals do this again and again and again is flat out mind boggling. I'm sure they'd admit a decent amount of it is, indeed, luck. You're always relying on good fortune when making a title run.
But this is not a coincidence. Not at all. And when I asked them about it they always come back to one word.
They say if you truly believe in yourself then there's nothing you can't do.
That got me thinking. How many times when you turn on your television, your radio or your computer do you come across some sort of advertisement spouting off something like that? Picking right at the inner-motivational speaker in you? Truth is, it makes a nice speech. It can give someone a little comfort during rough times. But does it really work?
I think we have our answer.
Saying "believe in yourself and anything is possible" is much more than just words. It's more than a motivational speech. It's more than an advertisement to associate a product with your dreams.
The Cardinals are living proof that if you don't give up, and I mean truly believe, you can do a heck of a lot more things in this world than if you don't. No one comes back down six in a postseason game. On the road. Facing Gio Gonzalez, Drew Storen and company. They don't.
The answer has to related to that "belief" word. It's got to. When you're in the clubhouse asking 25 guys plus the manager, general manager and owner how they did that and you get the same answer over and over again...I am forced to buy it.
GM John Mozeliak has done such a remarkable job of putting pieces together that actually like each other. He's responsible for the chemistry on this team more than anyone else. If your guys don't like each other, that will show up on the field at some point. No one's rooting for one another. No one is really into the rallies. No one cares as much as they'd normally do.
I remember talking to Ryan Theriot last year during the playoffs and he told me it almost got to the point where you're rooting for someone else more than you're rooting for yourself.
Credit Mozeliak for this. He learned after the 2010 season how crucial a good clubhouse is. Leadership is paramount.
It creates a belief system. And that has proven can be translated to wins.