Some Cardinals Alternatives To Watching This Year’s World Series

Even though the 2016 World Series gets underway tonight, you might not be in the mood to watch it. Want to look back on some better days instead? Here, and all available on YouTube, are some alternatives that will make for more pleasant viewing.

The videos are the complete games, so watching these should keep you busy … and able to avoid whatever might be happening in this year’s World Series.

Game One – 1968 World Series

Starting off with an absolute classic in a year that didn’t result in a Cardinals World Series championship, but began with an incredible performance by that year’s NL Cy Young Winner and Most Valuable Player, Bob Gibson. His 17 strikeouts in the game are a record that still stands.

Game Seven – 1982 World Series 

Ah, nothing like a Game Seven — especially when it’s a Game Seven win! Watch the Cardinals win their ninth World Series championship, and first since the days of Bob Gibson in 1967, when they beat the Brewers 6-3 behind Joaquin Andujar and Bruce Sutter.

Game Six – 2004 NLCS

The 2004 National League Championship Series between the Astros and Cardinals was an incredible one, yet mostly overlooked by the national media due to the ALCS that was going on at the same time. We remember, though, these hard-fought seven games in which the home team was victorious in each — and the MV3 was in their prime and all making big contributions. Jim Edmonds was the walk-off hero in this one, as you no doubt remember. (Also, in case you forgot, Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman were the enemy.)

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Continuing The Countdown: 15 Days

A beautiful Saturday morning, Adam Wainwright makes his spring debut in a few hours, and another step closer to the Cardinals opening the regular season — now 15 more days!

There’s an obvious Cardinals No. 15 to choose for today: Jim Edmonds. And of course I should want to highlight another one of the MV3 from 2004, following Scott Rolen a couple weeks ago, especially with his game-winning walk-off in Game Six of the 2004 NLCS and his induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame last year.

Or I could have done something fun on the guys still on the team now who did wear 15 for a while, Matt Holliday and Jon Jay. Maybe even something on Randal Grichuk.

Nope. Has to be Darrell Porter.


Every die-hard baseball fan has a story — that player and that moment when the game steals their heart and changes their life forever. For my friend Michael, it was Darrell Porter in Game Seven of the 1982 World Series.

Down 3-1 in the sixth in Game Seven, the Cardinals score three times to take a 4-3 lead.

But against Milwaukee, no lead was safe. I was pacing. For the first time in my life, I was nervous, tense, all edge-of-my-seat over a baseball game. C’mon, guys. I was counting outs.

Then the moment which changed my life as much as an English teacher’s decision that school year to assign seats in alphabetcal order.

C’mon, Darrell.

Darrell Porter singles the other way to make the score 5-3; another hit, 6-3. He did, yes, he did. Darrell Porter came to the rescue — it’s not a one-run lead anymore.

We’re counting outs out loud now. Thanks, Dad, for letting me stay up and watch this on a school night. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Two outs in the ninth. Gorman Thomas keeps fouling them off. Swing, miss, Sutter fist in the air, me, two fists in the air, “Yesssss!” And who knew Darrell Porter was a country boy, talking like that in the postgame interview? MVP, who else would be?

But that’s just part of Michael’s story about Darrell Porter — take a few minutes and read the whole thing here.

There was no other real option for today and No. 15.

Because of Darrell Porter.

Just 15 more days!