(KMOV)-- What a ride this St. Louis team has taken Cardinal Nation on through the last 6 weeks, and it's not over yet. On Sunday night the Cardinals blasted their way through the Milwaukee Brewers, winning 12-6 and taking the series 4-2.
As I talked to fellow Cardinals fans during the game and again today after the victory, it was clear everyone felt the same as me. No lead was big enough, because we're all still in disbelief we were even in this position. But it's real Cardinals fans! Pinch yourselves. You're not dreaming. The team that was 10 1/2 games out of the playoffs in the end of August now claimed the organization's 18th National League Pennant, and the Cardinals are 4 wins from an 11th World Championship.
It's a script you just wouldn't believe if it was sold to you as a feel-good Disney movie. The MVP of the NLCS is St. Louis native David Freese. Yes, the same guy who quit baseball in high school because he was worn out from the game. The same guy who's had 2 tough-luck injuries in his first 2 MLB seasons. Now he's solidified himself in the long, revered St. Louis Cardinals history. How about an encore performance David! The team that had so many fans frustrated in July and August now seems unstoppable.
As you look through our lineup you don't see any holes. And the same can be said for our World Series opponent, the Texas Rangers. Both teams' offenses are on fire and getting production from everywhere. Starting pitchers didn't last long in either teams' runs to the World Series and as a fan you go into this series anticipating the same. It's going to be a heck of a series. The Rangers are listed as a slight favorite to win the World Series, but Cardinals fans you have to chuckle at that. In fact that's right where we want to be. We've defied all the odds so far.
Plus we've got home field advantage with the daunting Rally Squirrel on our side. As the Cardinals started cutting down the Wild Card lead, my Awake co-anchor Claire Kellett and I started our own rally cry: LGC (Let's Go Cards). So Four more wins baby! #11 in '11. LGC! Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in Downtown St. Louis.
--John Knicely, News 4