The St. Louis Cardinals have put themselves in a no-win situation by winning the NL Pennant. The Detroit Tigers‘ Jim Leyland helped put them there by taking his best pitcher out of a game too early not once, but twice. Now the Cardinals must face the team everyone wants to win the World Series, the Boston Red Sox.
Most people predicted the Red Sox would finish at or near the bottom of the AL East. However, something happened on April 15, 2013 that changed everything — a madman and his brother decided to plant bombs at the Boston Marathon. A city and team were galvanized and bonded, and the Red Sox had something to play for outside of themselves. They wanted to lift spirits and gladden hearts, and they did that by winning games and being involved in the community. They have taken their “Boston Strong” motto and rolled all the way into home-field advantage in the World Series.
The Cardinals are the last obstacle in the way of a wonderful feel-good story. It’s like deja vu all over again for them. They were the bad guys who crashed the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ Cinderella ball, and they ended the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ amazing worst-to-first run. They should be used to it by now. The Cardinals aren’t going to win any popularity contests in this postseason, so they might as well just keep winning baseball games; at least their fans will be happy. Who knows, maybe some of the people affected by the bombing are Redbird fans.
Sara Lefebvre is a St Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.