As much as so many people wanted to believe the Rangers could come back after one of the most devastating Game 6 losses since Buckner's error in 1986, there was just no way. Even when the Rangers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning in St. Louis in Game 7, no way.
Cardinals 6, Rangers 2.
Cardinals win Game 7 of the World Series.
Rangers manager Ron Washington is going to get second-guessed to death for this performance, and collapse. There are so many "What If" moments for the Rangers in this series that this will take a long, long time to get over. The fans probably won't until the Rangers finally win a World Series.
The Rangers pitching that walked so many batters in the ALDS and ALCS did not get away with so many free passes in the World Series. Nor should they have. The Rangers issued 41 walks in this series, including an additional six in Game 7.
The better team did not win, but the hotter team did. Baseball used to be the one professional league where the best team won because such a small number of teams made the playoffs. But with the league going for the cash and expanding the field to four playoff teams in each league it's now not that much different from the NFL, NBA or NHL.
The Cardinals entered the playoffs with the fewest wins of any postseason team, but that no longer matters. Much like the NFL, where the sixth seed is as good as the one seed, baseball is now truly all about just getting in.
Both of Tony LaRussa's titles with the Cardinals easily came with his weakest teams, but they got hot at the right time.
Fun ride for the Rangers, but this entire season will now be remembered for the "one strike" twice in Game 6. Too bad.
The majority of this team will return for next season, and the way this organization is set up they should be good for a while ... but this is going to take a long while to forget.
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