Break Out The Broomsticks

By chrisrundell

I experienced deja vu about an hour ago and if you watched the last two Cardinal-Cub games, so did you.

For the second straight game Albert Pujols hit a walk off homerun to win the game in extra innings. Pujols, who has been having the worst statistical season of his career until this point, is officially looking like the player we’ve come to expect and rely on.

A few days ago Albert’s batting average was hovering slightly above .260, he had less than 10 homers and about 30 ribbies. But…that was a few days ago. After completely tearing apart the Cubbies single-handedly, his average is now up to .275, he now has 13 homeruns and is two rbis short of 40.

Really, what a difference three days makes. If he can manage to stay on fire for the next few weeks when the midpoint of the season hits, he’ll be on pace to have yet another season with a .300-plus BA, 30-plus HRs and 100-plus RBIS.

Plus after a clean sweep by St. Louis, the team, despite its closer problems and its many many injuries, now has the most wins in both the National and American League. They have the second best winning percentage (just barely) behind the Phillies. Philly has a .593 while the Cards are at .590.

It has been an exciting weekend for St. Louis, that much is for sure. Now, who wants to hear three more fun Cardinal-Cub rivalry facts?? Also, if you missed yesterday and Friday’s blog, check it out and find six other facts about the infamous rivalry. I feel like they were a little less known and exciting than these three. I had trouble finding another three but if you are aware of some facts about the rivalry that haven’t been listed in the last few days, tell me about it in the comment section. Anyway, enjoy!

1. Sometimes the series is called the I-55 series and formerly used to be called the Route 66 series. Why? Because all one needs to do is hop on Interstate 55 from Chicago and it will head straight to St. Louis and vice-versa. It was the same with Route 66.

2. Fans of both teams (while there are exceptions) tend to be respectful toward each other, unlike the pure hatred between Red Sox and Yankee fans. So, many experts acknowledge it as a passionate, yet healthy rivalry.

3. After the baseball strike of 1994 caused the cancellation of the World Series, many fans became turned off from the game. That was until 1998, when a Cub player and a Cardinal player brought the game back to life by chasing after the single-season homerun record. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire both broke Roger Maris’ record 61 homeruns.

Coincidentally, McGwire hit number 61 and 62 against Sosa’s Cubbies. Sadly, as most of us know, turns out both players were on steroids at the time and the 1998 season now has a dark cloud surrounding it.

Still, two teams, the Cubs and Cardinals, saved the game of baseball. Nobody can deny that.

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