World Series MVP David Eckstein (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)
Congrats to the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals for winning their 10th World Series title. The Cardinals are a shocker as the winner of the series, and it just goes to show you how any team can get hot at the right time and win it all. As we've been shown with Wild Card winners in the past, all you have to do is get to the dance, and from there all caution is thrown to the wind.
It looked like Detroit was going to be unstoppable after their stomping of both the Yankees and A's, however the time off between their sweep and the series may have taken the mojo away from their bats. I thought this series would have gone at least 6 games, and never would have picked the Cardinals to win it in 5.
You have to give a ton of credit to Tony LaRussa and his crew for hanging tough against all their opponents. I thought the Mets had the better chance of beating the Tigers, but my playoff predictions were pretty much wrong at every turn, and I'm far from being the only one who's guilty of this.
I can't seem to find the link now, but a week a go Eye Doctor Rog showed me that of all the experts at ESPN only one had the Cardinals make it out of the first round, and NO-ONE had the Tigers beating the Yankees. So not one of the experts (and there's a lot of great baseball minds over there) had ONE world series team right, let alone the winner. (If anyone can find that link please paste it in the comments, it's really incredible.)
So a team that had three less wins then the third place Boston Red Sox won the World Series, incredible. David Eckstein took home MVP honors and I just have to say how much I love this guy. He embodies what hustle and hardwork is all about and I just am enamored with the way he plays the game. If Bill Bellichek coached baseball, he'd want a guy like him on his team.
The other hero of the playoffs for the cards was 25 year old rookie Adam Wainwright. He was to the Cards what Keith Foulke was to the Red Sox in 2004. He pitched gutsy and in numerous tough situations and always laid down the hammer.
So congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals and my good friend Brent who's as die-hard as it comes. He had to endure a lot of BS when watching the 2004 World Series in Boston, and I'm glad his team won.
My 2007 World Series Predction: Boston Red Sox over the New York Mets in Game 6 :-)