I had a softball game near Harvard last night (it was a loss, and I speak of it no more...) and afterwards me and a few teammates raced on over to one of the best secrets in Boston, Hogans Run. Larry the bartender, who's come to know us after victories and defeats on the diamond, greeted us with a handshake and smile with a few explicits for good measure.
At the time the game was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh and it had all the drama and tension that a Game 7 in October is supposed to have. Molina's (What a NLCS he had huh?) HR prompted me to announce to the entire bar that Cliff Floyd was going to hit a walk-off HR to end the game, needless to say, chuckles were abroad. Shortly after saying that prophetic statement, in the bottom of the 9th, people started looking me like I may just be the next Nostradamus, but alas big Cliff struck out looking, no big surprise there.
The Mets made the game dramatic in the end but Adam Wainwright had his breaking ball on a string, and it was as if New York was crying as the rain weeped down, with the ball dancing for a strike three looking. That last out must have been a sweet feeling on all levels for Cardinal fans. Carlos Beltran has been their bane in the post season and seeing him go down looking on three strait pitches was shocking to say the least.
This was a great NLCS and I tip my cap to both teams. The series was very entertaining, and momentum was constantly switching sides. I'm still a little shock and awed that Jeff Suppan was the NLCS MVP. The guy was garbage in his short time in Boston, and he's turned into a rock in the Cardinals organization. I think I heard a stat that said only he and Bob Gibson have started Game 7's in the post season...EVER. That's virtual insanity.
World Series Prediction: Tigers in 6...but we all know how my predictions have been so far!