ST. LOUIS ( -- On Oct .27, 2011, David Freese wrote himself into St. Louis lore with two strokes of his bat. 

The native-St. Louisan helped the Cardinals fight back from their last strike twice to force a Game 7 against the Texas Rangers. 

First, he kept the Redbirds alive in the ninth by lining a two-out triple over Nelson Cruz's head plating the tying run. Then in the 11th, the third baseman drove a ball almost dead center, to what is now known as Freese's lawn, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7. 

Freese announced his retirement in the 2019 offseason. 

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