Is the stake officially in Dracula’s heart? Is the monster really dead? The St. Louis Cardinals finally lost? I can finally stop looking for monsters under my bed, right? Pheww… the Cardinals ran out of their magical pixie dust at the wrong time.
As I wrote earlier, I don’t necessarily “hate” the Cardinals by any means; although, one could jump to that conclusion. It’s just that they drive me nuts. It’s not like the Chicago White Sox replicated their fluke 2005 championship team over the course of a decade, so I wouldn’t know what it feels like to be a Cardinal fan. It has to feel pretty good knowing no matter who gets hurt, who leaves town, or who they face, the Cardinals have a pretty good chance to surprise everyone. Take Pete Kozma for example.
Kozma, who has a career .652 MiLB OPS, is the perfect example of player that would only succeed with the St. Louis Cardinals. While filling in for the injured Rafael Furcal in the regular season, Kozma hit .333/.383/.569/.952 – - not bad for a guy who for all intents and purposes is a Minor League infielder. That in itself is ridiculous, but there’s more!
If you don’t remember, Kozma was in the center of that putrid infield-fly call against the Atlanta Braves. After beating the Bravos, Kozma hulked up against the Washington Nationals, hitting a three-run home in Game 3 to give the Cards early momentum in that helped Chris Carpenter cruise. Then, in Game 5, Kozma delivered the game-winning hit off of Drew Storen completing the painfully obvious Cardinals’ comeback.
It looked like the Cardinals were going to inflict their madness on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, but the clock apparently struck midnight, with the Cardinals getting a little taste of their own medicine.
Sadly, Kozma was one of the main reasons the Cardinals lost in Game 7 tonight, making three brutal defensive plays in the Giants’ five-run third inning. This inning seemingly took all the wind out of St. Louis’ sails, considering the Giants are leading 8-0 in the 7th inning right now.
It was a good run for the Cardinals, but you can only defy the odds for so long.
Pete Kozma is living proof of that.