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The Cardinals comeback is a once in a lifetime experience

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) and catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrate the Cardinals' 8-0 win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J Phillip St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter (29) and catcher Yadier Molina (4) celebrate the Cardinals' 8-0 win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J Phillip

(News 4 Sports) -- I just witnessed what will be a once in a lifetime pair of comebacks. The Cardinals, given up for dead for a good reason, have done the unimaginable. To overcome a ten and a half game deficit over the final 32 games is roughly the equivalent of an NFL team starting 0-5 and rallying to win its division.
 

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Of course, we had two stunning comebacks/meltdowns in the same season. In the A.L., the Rays did what the Cardinals did. And the Red Sox did what the Braves did--choke. Sorry, I hate using that word but it fits here.
 

The last time anything close to this happened was 1964 when the Cardinals overtook the Phillies after trailing by six and a half games with 12 to play. I was in diapers. This doesn't happen often.
 

I guess all of us who counted the Cardinals out should feel bad, right? No, not at all. There was NO reason to believe that a comeback was possible on August 25th. Today, I researched the Cardinals trends leading up to August 25. They had lost ten of their previous 15 games. In those ten losses, they were outscored 59 to 22. They scored just 22 runs in those ten losses. And on August 24th, they were swept by the Dodgers. They were embarrassed by the Dodgers who outscored the home team 24 to 7 in those three games.
 

I don't feel bad for not believing the Cardinals could make it to the playoffs. But I do respect the Cardinals and their manager for doing what most thought was impossible. They did get a lot of help from the Braves but they turned the corner and played a different brand of baseball in the final month.

 

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