Yes, one year ago tonight was Game Six — one of, if not the, most epic World Series game ever.
And while of course we remember the heroics of David Freese in the ninth inning, Lance Berkman in the 10th and of course Freeser’s “We will see you tomorrow night!” moment, part of the greatness of the game was that it contained so much — both good and bad.
Such as this moment in the top of the fourth inning …
And then this in the top of the fifth. Oops.
That clip has it all, beyond just the action itself: Tony La Russa smiling, Ron Washington looking grim, Nolan Ryan looking uncomfortable, fans getting giddy, Tim McCarver saying something stupid about the Rangers no-doubles defense allowing Freese to hit a double even as he’s on third base since of course he hit a triple …
The top of the 10th brought Josh Hamilton’s two-run homer. But the bottom of the 10th brought Daniel Descalso’s lead-off single followed by another from Jon Jay and an adventurous sacrifice bunt by Kyle Lohse. Ryan Theriot was next and grounded out, but Descalso scored to put the Cardinals down by only one but with two outs. Albert was intentionally walked to face LB. The count went to 2-2 …
Joe Buck truly sounds excited, Ron Washington has a “WTF?” expression, Gerald Laird is already prepping to leap, LB looks like he’s going to cry at first base, we see replays with just the crowd noise in the background for a bit and then … “They. Just. Won’t. Go. Away.”
Then, of course, the bottom of the 11th. Here’s a different look at Freeser’s heroics, though — one from the seats high above home plate.
Awesome perspective — and the guy yelling “Wow, what a game!” captured it perfectly!
And here’s the TV version, because we really can’t ever see this enough.
Seems like a good day to get out my Game Six DVD and watch the full game in its entirety. What about you?
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.