Columnists and reporters from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have shared their views with Times readers during the
Reality-TV America might not have liked it much, but the
Main Street America is headed back to the
The Cardinals made surprisingly swift work of ace pitcher
The Cardinals prevailed in a fascinating conflict. The Dodgers were said to bring the tired old game a freshness and a brashness that make other sports more popular than baseball.
The Cardinals and their fans were depicted as a curious colony of baseball Amish because they prefer solid fundamental play, gentleman superstars such as Stan Musial and success with dignity.
Well, score one for the snobs.
We were told that the Dodgers of
You see, this is how the Dodgers show their passion. Where's your sense of humor, you hopelessly uptight and dour Midwesterners! Didn't you receive the telegram from Western Union? America was trying to tell you that the 1950s were over. Why didn't you answer your rotary phone?
Well, St. Louis fans like to have fun too.
And so on Friday night — with a light drizzle spritzing the ballpark as a prelude to the champagne —
This was a big deal, for many reasons.
After the Cardinals failed to put the Dodgers away by beating themselves in Game 5, there was a darkness on the edge of town before Game 6 with the creeping shadows approaching St. Louis, an ominous reminder of the unimaginable collapse to the
Were the Cardinals really going to cough up another 3-1 lead in the NLCS? Multiple Dodgers players, including poseur reliever
As it turned out, the Cardinals handled the showdown like champions.
They worked Kershaw over with patient at-bats, watched Puig lose his composure in right field, pelted the field with base hits and had fun during another amazing night in Wacha World. And they followed the lead of
By winning their fourth pennant in 10 seasons, the Cardinals continued their rule over the NL. Since 2004, they've won 48 postseason games; no other
So much was at stake in this series. There was the NL pennant, the fallout from the Cardinals vs. Dodgers bad blood, the emotional health of a baseball-mad city and the reputation of a proud St. Louis team that was desperate to avoid the emptiness of another painful off-season of deep regret.
And by taking Game 6, the Cardinals registered a symbolic victory for old-time baseball values by defeating hedge-fun baseball. They struck a blow against an increasingly vapid sports culture and turned the Dodgers' glitter into dust.
Now the Cardinals are in the World Series. The Cardinal Way, the winning way, rolls on. Four NL pennants in the last 10 seasons? Deal with it, America.
"I'm just so proud to be on this team," Cardinals catcher