The St. Louis Cardinals were a game away from attempting to repeat in 2012 after winning the 2011 World Series before the San Francisco Dodgers shocked the baseball world by coming back from a 3-1 series deficit.
This year, the Cardinals were up 3-1 in the NLCS once again against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and last night 3-2, but in game six, with yet another World Series trip on the line, 22-year-old Michael Wacha, the MVP of the NLCS, has a minuscule 0.43 ERA in three postseason starts. The Cards beat the Dodgers 9-0 to advance to the World Series.
Now they await the winner of the Red Sox and Tigers.
The Cardinals have met both the Red Sox and the Tigers three times in the World Series. St. Louis is 2-1 against both in the Fall Classic. Cardinals vs. Red Sox World Series History Result 2004 Lost in 4 1967 Won in 7 1946 Won in 7 Cardinals vs Tigers World Series History Result 2006 Won in 5 1968 Lost in 7 1934 Won in 7.
The Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series (that was a given; the Red Sox had just came back from an 0-3 series deficit to their arch rival New York Yankees, stunning the world, and that World Series belonged to them after 86 years after producing losers), beat the Red Sox in 7 in 1946 and again in 7 in 1967. The Cardinals beat the Tigers in 5 back in the 2006 World Series, lost in 7 to them in 1968 and beat them in 7 in 1934.
Between the Red Sox and Tigers, I want the Cards to face the Red Sox. Nine years later, that 2004 World Series still doesn’t sit well with me. It’s still fresh in my mind. My disdain for Manny Ramirez has never wavered. Detroit’s pitching staff is more daunting to me, with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. Perhaps there can be a new curse applied to the Red Sox following an ass beating courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals. Call this one “The Curse of Theo Epstein”. They should have never let him go.
Remember when Carlos Beltran once tortured the Cards as a member of the Houston Astros in 2004? Or when Adam Wainwright struck him out in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS to send the Cards to the World Series when Beltran was a Met?
Well, Beltran’s finally going to get a taste of the Fall Classic as a member of the Cardinals.
Four more wins, fuckers. And either way, the World Series will be about good ol’ revenge.