by Andrew Henderson
With a nod to Roy Hodge, this column will be a hodepodge of sorts.
First, let me say how giddy I am — once again — that the Cardinals have a chance to be in the World Series. Ah yeah!
As I write this Monday morning, the Cardinals and the Giants will be playing game seven of the National League Championships Series later that night. But before I gush (or cry) over the Redbirds, I want to offer my condolences to all you Yankee fans, including those here at The Valley News: sales representative Randy Kitts, graphic artist Jeff Adkins, Publisher Tom Cuskey, and reporter Carol Thompson.
I am truly sorry that Alex Rodriguez can’t hit a fastball — even if it were thrown from a Fulton Junior High School pitcher. I truly am.
I am sorry that Robinson Cano hit .056 in the American League Championship Series. I’m sorry that Nick Swisher is Nick Swisher.
Of course, I’m truly sorry that Derek Jeter broke his ankle. I like Jeter. He is an old-school Yankee and I hope he finishes his career with New York, unlike that one player who played with the Cardinals last year and left the greatest organization known to man for a measly $260 million.
What was his name again?
But let’s get back to the point: St. Louis might be back in the World Series, defending its crown from last year. Ah yeah!
I enjoy October baseball mainly because the Cardinals seem to be in the playoffs every year. But even if St. Louis was not playing, I would still love postseason baseball. In the past 10 years, however, I have loved it even more.
I read a stat at ESPN.com that pretty much says it all: “Over the last 10 Octobers, the Cardinals have now won 41 postseason games. That’s one more than the Yankees, seven more than the Red Sox and almost as many as the next two winningest NL franchises combined (the Phillies and Giants, with 42 between them).”
Can you say dynasty? (I hope I didn’t just jinx them)
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