(BaseballStL) -- I covered Game 6 of the 2011 World Series against the Texas Rangers. I covered Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against the Nationals. Folks, Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS against the Dodgers isn’t just in the neighborhood of those two games.
It just moved in right next door.
No, the Cardinals didn’t have their season on the line like in 2011 and 2012. Yes, it was only the Division Series and not the World Series. But c’mon.
I’ve seen some stunned and depressed stadiums in my career covering baseball. I have never - and I mean NEVER - seen a crowd so depressed during a 7th inning stretch like I saw Friday night in LA. After the Cardinals put up an 8 spot in the top of the 7th I don’t believe more than 20 or 30 fans got out of their seats.
There is no logic, no good reason, no nothing to explain how the St. Louis Cardinals continue to do what they do year in and year out. Coming back from being 10 and a half games out of the wild card race in 2011 to not only make the postseason but win the whole freaking thing?
Stun the Nationals in the 9th inning against a top closer like Drew Storen in 2012 to advance to the NLCS?
Plow through the Pirates and Dodgers all the way to the World Series in 2013 with 21 year old kids throwing 100 miles per hour?
There’s no good explanation behind it and, frankly, I don’t think anyone - not even the so-called “Baseball Gods” - can explain it either. This group just flat out believes. This group just genuinely thinks that no matter what the score is, no matter who the opponent is, no matter what pitcher is on the mound for the other team, they can still win.
No, wait. Scratch that. They EXPECT to win. That’s about all I can come up with. The phrase “don’t give up” is thrown around way too often nowadays. It makes for a nice motivational line to inspire people. But it’s rarely used correctly.
The Cardinals use it and live it the way the phrase was meant to be used. They just do not give up. At any cost. At any time.
I have no clue whether this club will go all the way to the World Series yet again. But the Cards just defy the odds time and time and time again. It just adds to the legacy of what this last decade has been about in St. Louis.