On this day in year’s past, the United States officially placed their trade embargo on Cuba, the United State’s economy crashed on a day labeled “Black Monday”, and Mike Tyson won back his boxing license after losing it for biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Today, October 19th, is also a date that is home to two very memorable moments in St. Louis Cardinal’s team history. One of these moments is one that many of us will remember with ease. It may be a time where we realized how much we adore the sport of baseball, or where we can recall celebrating with friends and family. But the other is a moment that some of us might not even have been around for.
So, let’s get this show on the road:
2006- the St. Louis Cardinal’s defeat the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS
On the route to a World Series win, this became one of the most iconic moments in recent Cardinals history. This was a series that came down to the wire all the way to the end: the ninth inning of Game 7. Tied at 1-1, in the top of the 9th, Yadier Molina hit a 2 run homer to left-field to take the lead. Adam Wainwright, in his days of being a closer/reliever, then closed out the game, resulting in a picture i’m sure many of you are familiar with:
What makes this moment so memorable to me, even though I was only 10 years old, wasn’t Yadi’s homerun or Adam’s dominant performance in the ninth, but instead was the homerun that was robbed from Scott Rolen. In the top of the sixth, with the score still 1-1, Rolen hit a blast that was on its way out of the ballpark until Endy Chavez reached up over the fence and grabbed it. Not only did this remarkable catch take away a homerun that would of put the Cardinals well in the lead, but also resulted in an inning ending double play.
1982- St. Louis Cardinal’s Avoid Elimination in Game 6 of the 1982 World Series
In another run to yet another World Series title, the St. Louis Cardinal’s were down 2-3 in the World Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Avoiding elimination, the Cardinal’s went into Game 6 knowing that if they lost the game, they’d lose everything they’d worked towards all season. This game was polluted with two rain delays, but the rain didn’t end up smoldering the fire on the Cardinal’s bats. The game was an absolute blow-out with the Cardinals winning 13-1. The Cardinal’s ended up riding the momentum from this game the next day to a World Series win. If you have two and a half hours to spare (sarcasm), the video of the whole game can be found here.
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