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By Jeff Mayfield

[OCT. 26, 2004]  And I was wrong! Whitey Herzog proudly proclaimed in the 1982 World Series, "Just get me back to St. Louis, and even if we are down three games to two, we will find a way to win it." He was right. A less-than-spectacular rookie pitcher by the name of John Stupor picked up a 13-1 victory in Game 6 of that series, handing the ball to "One tough Dominican" Joaquin Andujar for Game 7. Joaquin pitched the game of his life and the Cards captured the world title.

I fished for Whitey's quotes this year as the Cards returned from their NL series in Houston down 3-2 in games, with potentially one or two more in St. Louis. Pete Munro would toil for the Astros in Game 6 and the Cards would send Matt Morris to the hill. Though that is probably not what I would have done, it worked. Mainly because Jim Edmonds hit the biggest home run of his life in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cards a harrowing victory. In fact, I remarked to several that, had Edmonds not struck when he did, the Cards likely would have gone down on that fateful night.

That set the stage for St. Louis to face Roger Clemens, the guy Houston signed expressly for the purpose of pitching a Game 7 in the NLCS to send the 'Stros to their first World Series ever! To say that I was then less than pleased about the whole scenario would be a mild understatement. And then after watching the comfort zone I saw Roger in the first few innings of that game, it made me think that I might not have to worry about watching any World Series games this year.

BUT, I didn't know that Cardinal skipper Tony LaRussa had been reading the all-time best seller "The White Rat." I didn't know that Tony has secretly been meeting The Rat out on the bass boat. What else can explain the way the Cards scored their first run after spotting Houston to a precarious two-run lead? Womak on third, one out and what does Suppan do? He squares and executes the prettiest little suicide squeeze bunt that you have ever seen. Whitey probably fell out of his boat or least needed smelling salts to finish viewing the game.

That play gave the team hope, and when pride and stubbornness refused to pitch around Pujols, the Cards did something that few outside of Cardinal Nation knew much about… the cobralike speed in which the Redbirds can strike. Would you believe two pitches? That's right. Pujols doubled home the tying run when Clemens refused to pitch around him, and Rolen deposited the next pitch on the shelf right next to where Mark McGwire's 62nd homer landed. For all intents and purposes you could have hoisted the pennant right then. For one of the first times all year, I had a good feeling about our chances.

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Cards crash back down to earth

Of course now my biggest fears have been realized. I told anyone who would listen that the Cards may be out of gas for the Series and that I certainly have huge concerns about the St. Louis pitching staff. Do you believe me now? In addition, coming back from the huge deficit in the first game and then letting it slip away does not bode well for any team, much less the Cardinals.

Hey, but let's throw caution to the wind. The Cards are 6-0 at home in the postseason. And they have won their last three in a row World Series games at home, so in the word of Joaquin Andujar himself, "Youneverknow!"

Congratulations to the LCHS football team for another outstanding season in just missing the playoffs, but STILL making very positive strides!

Congratulations to the LCHS soccer team for winning the boys' regional title at Williamsville 3-2 over Springfield Lutheran.

ISU had another cardiac game as the gridders upended Youngstown State 30-24. According to ISU's SID, the Redbirds will need to win out in order to make the playoffs.

No other volleyball, soccer or football reports were available.

Team of the week: the Harvest of Talents task force under the direction of Carolyn Neal and Pat Snyder and crew who brought in an amazing $73,566.21. The 21-year total has now busted the $1 million mark and has risen to an incredible $1,021,151.57 to feed hungry children and adults around the world. The LDN salutes you all!

That's it for me… Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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