Coming off a thrilling Game 6 rally that went to extra innings, the Cards used a solid six innings of work from ace Chris Carpenter to put away the Rangers who struggled all game to get any momentum going after the first inning.
The Cardinals already made headlines by miraculously sneaking into into the playoffs after being as much as 10.5 games out of the Wild Card back in August. However, very few saw this championship run coming which started with ousting the supposedly unbeatable Phillies, then the Brewers and finally overcoming the Texas Rangers who until the end of Game 6; looked like a team destined to capture its first ever World Series title.
Unsung heroes such as World Series MVP David Freese and outfielder Allen Craig paved the way for the Red Birds with all of the clutch home runs and extra-base hits the two provided all series.
Congrats to Matt Smith and the St. Louis Cardinals.
2011 World Series Champions Hats will be available on HatClub.com early next week.
- Jon Nguyen