Well, I’m back from my long weekend in Chicago and ready to be a more faithful World Series blogger. When I left town on Thursday, I really didn’t know if there’d be anything going on to blog about this week, but I needn’t have worried.
I had a nervous stomach all day on Thursday and listening to sports talk radio most of the way as I drove from St. Louis to Chicago didn’t help matters. Watching the game didn’t calm me down a bit. When I saw how fired up the Mets crowd was and how well Perez was pitching, I just felt it was going to be the Mets night. The 1-1 tie kept me on the edge of my seat, but when Chavez made that amazing, acrobatic catch to rob Rolen of a homer, I was sure we were going to lose. You usually don’t get another chance when something like that happens. Molina’s epic homer in the top of the 9th made me whoop for joy, but I still had butterflies. When Wainwright allowed two runners to get on base and Beltran came to the plate, I got that sick feeling, as I envisioned Shea Stadium going nuts after a Beltran walk-off homer and a possible career collapse for Wainwright if he had to live with something like that for the entire off-season. Fortunately, he pitched his way out of it and we won! I had to pinch myself.
When I woke up the next morning, my first thought was "The Cardinals are in the World Series," and I had to stop myself and make sure I didn’t just have some crazy dream. My last comment on the NLCS would just be to congratulate the Mets on a fantastic season and thank them for a hard-fought series. I can’t remember a playoff series that was more exciting.
So, the wedding reception was Saturday night so I missed Game 1, and I was out having dinner with friends I hadn’t seen in quite a while last night, so I missed most of Game 2. I got back in time for the 9th inning, which was another nail-biter. We almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, but Yadi couldn’t conjure up any more heroics. Still, I feel good about us winning a game in Detroit, and I think we set ourselves up well for the games here in St. Louis. Go Carp!