La Russa had big role
Given that neither the
The Cardinals didn't win because they got to play the last two games at
Mental edge sure helps
From the moment the Cardinals qualified for the postseason on the final day of the season — thanks to a big assist from the Phillies — they seemed to be a charmed club on a magical ride.
Even though they won two of three games in both Philly and Milwaukee, the Cardinals had lost two of three in Arlington and you sensed that had the last two games been played in Texas, all of the David Freese magic of Game 6 never happens. More accustomed to the right-field wall in his own ballpark, Nelson Cruz likely hauls in the final out of Game 6.
There's a psychological edge in knowing those final two games are in your home park, and by winning the
If players believe it, yes
It really doesn't matter if fans or the media think the Cardinals would have won the World Series without home-field advantage. The real question is did the Cardinals believe home field made a difference? Or did the NL All-Stars believe it?
In the 1991
But if we have more instances of underdog teams winning the Series with home-field advantage, then players really will believe it makes a difference. Then maybe
Final piece to puzzle
Los Angeles Times
From the time the Cardinals confronted a 101/2-game wild-card race deficit in late August, all the planets aligned in their favor, including the benefit of getting home-field advantage in the World Series.
Remember, St. Louis was down to its final out twice against Texas in both the ninth and 10th innings in Game 6 in St. Louis, and one of those dilemmas had them one strike away from elimination before David Freese, then
Those situations are nearly impossible to succeed in on the road, and having "the hammer" allowed the Cards and their loud fans to walk off with a 10-9 victory in the 11th inning of Game 6. Pitcher
Home field amplifies momentum.