According to the National Weather Service, there is a Freeze Warning in effect for the early hours of Friday morning in the St. Louis area. This weather phrase was adopted by St. Louis Cardinals fans during the 2011 postseason after David Freese hit the walk-off home run in Game 6 of the World Series. “Freese Warning in Effect” signs have been waved in the stands and flashed on ribbon boards at Busch Stadium the last couple of years every time Freese comes to bat with an RBI opportunity. It’s time for those signs to be retired.
Last night in Game 1 of the World Series vs. the Boston Red Sox, Freese came up with the bases loaded and one out. It was a chance to get the Cardinals back in a game they trailed 5-0. He grounded right back to the pitcher for a 1-2-3 double play. He’s hit into three double plays this postseason, with one home run and four RBIs.
His most significant moment during these playoffs, perhaps for the whole season, was the two-run home run he hit in Game 5 of the NLDS vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came up with two outs, and put the Cardinals ahead 2-0. According to Pittsburgh starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, it was the only bad pitch he made in the game. Freese was able to take advantage that time, but those moments have been few and far between lately.
It’s wonderful to commemorate the excitement a hometown hero brought to St Louis in 2011, but it’s time to get real. Put those signs away. Please.
Sara Lefebvre is a St. Louis Cardinals writer for RantSports.com. Connect with her on Google.