Cardinals prepare for free agency

Free agency has technically begun, but it’s not yet open season on them. Players have until Tuesday to negotiate exclusively with their former clubs. Then they hit the open market and can talk to any teams.

The biggest news of the Cardinals’ free agency moves is that the team has exercised the $7 million option to bring back catcher Yadier Molina to the Cardinals next season. Molina, 29, is coming off of his best offensive season. He hit .305 with 14 HR, 65 RBI, and 55 runs scored, all career highs. He also tied a major league record with 9 RBI in a World Series.

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World Series Game 7 – From My Perspective at the Right Field Foul Pole

Let’s start at the end.  Our St. Louis Cardinals are the 2011 World Series Champions!!  OK…now let’s take a step back.

I passed on Game 6 tickets and instead had a few neighbors over to have snacks and drinks to cheer our Cards on.  Boy was that a mistake!  My neighbors have kids and they had to bail about the 6th inning and I am left all alone with a ton of snacks, beer and my TV.  To that moment the game was about as sloppy as it could have been both on the Rangers and Cards side and I was just praying we stayed in it to the final innings and could make one last run.  Lynn comes in for the 7th inning after we just tied it up AGAIN in the bottom of the 6th.  He promptly gives up back-to-back homers to Beltre and Cruz and then another run scores to put the Rangers up by 3.  My excitement turned to disappointment and the thought of our season ending started embedding in my mind.  But I still thought…this game is crazy and we must have a run in us that could make this game interesting.  Well we all know what happened next…FREESE HAPPENED!!

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Cardinals are World Series Champions

For the 11th time in their illustrious history, the St. Louis Cardinals can be called World Series Champions. Thankfully, they did it without the type of drama or heroics required in Game 6.

The Texas Rangers got on Chris Carpenter early, putting up two runs in the top of the first. It looked like it was going to be more of the same from the night before. But in the bottom of the first, it was David Freese once again delivering in the clutch with a two-RBI double to tie the game up.

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Freese keeps the champagne on ice

Four times the Cardinals tied up or took the lead in the game. Four times the Rangers followed in their next half inning by taking it back. When Jake Westbrook came in to pitch the top of the 11th and held the Rangers off the board, that was the first time that the Rangers hadn’t come back immediately to take the lead. And it was just what the doctor ordered… Doctor Freese, that is.

After tying up the game with a two-out, two-RBI triple in the bottom of the 9th on a 1-2 count, David Freese came to bat to lead off the bottom of the 11th in a tie game.

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Playing Game 6 Manager

Tony LaRussa has some tough decisions to make about his lineup for tomorrow night’s contest against the Texas Rangers. I’m here to help him make those decisions.

I might not have any major league or minor league experience for that matter, but I have managed my Las Vegas Aces CSFBL team to more playoff berths than any other team in my league since I took over the franchise some 60 seasons ago.

Sometimes it’s easier for us outsiders to generate a lineup like this. Why? Because we don’t have to deal with player egos. We can offer an purely analytical look at the lineup and why it should be a particular way. So without further ado, I hereby present my batting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series.

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