This is a guest article by author James Ross. Readers know James Ross as an avid golfer, but golf is not his only love. He lives in St Louis and is a big Baseball fan.Â The Cardinals have won the world series. The Baseball season for 2011 is now planted in the history books. Game 6 in the series was pivotal. Here is what the characters of his fictitious Prairie Winds Golf Course had to say on the subjectâ€¦.. and this is straight from the reserved back booth in the clubhouse:
â€œYouâ€™ve got a little jump in your step this morning,â€ Julie said to Fred as he hurried to his favorite booth at the back table in the Prairie Winds Golf Course clubhouse. The St. Louis Cardinals had won their eleventh world championship the night before.
â€œCan you believe that Series?â€ He helped himself to one of the doughnuts that he had brought into the clubhouse. â€œThose guys wouldnâ€™t accept defeat.â€ The Cardinals had rallied to make the playoffs after trailing by ten and a half games with a little over a month to go in the season.
Julie was a major sports fan and loved to banter with the guys. â€œWhen they were down by three in the bottom of the eighth in that sixth game my husband and I thought they were toast.â€
â€œA lot of us did,â€ Fred agreed. â€œThey chipped away and then I thought the Cardinals would pull it off when they got those runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.â€ The sixth game of the 2011 World Series was tied at 7-7 after nine innings.
â€œWe did too. Everyone was jumping and screaming only to have our hearts broken when Texas got that homer in the top of the tenth.â€
The front door to the clubhouse opened. Pork Chop, BT, Paul, Doc, Captain Jer and Scotty P made their way to the back booth in the next few minutes. Their energy level was much the same. â€œIs this a minor miracle or what?â€ Pork Chop said.
â€œYou donâ€™t get a consolation prize in the World Series. The Texas Rangers have one heckuva team,â€ Doc said.
â€œBut there was so much heart in that Cardinal team. You had to love the way they fought back in the bottom of the tenth in that sixth game.â€
Julie delivered several cups of coffee. â€œWe were just discussing that.â€ She paused. â€œTip your hat to the Rangers. They played great.â€
â€œYes they did. With their pitching and clutch hitting they deserved to win.â€
â€œHow about that entire Series though? It had everything. All the games were exciting and entertaining.â€ BT offered his opinion. â€œIn game one the Cardinals won a close pitching duel but in game two the Rangers scored a couple of runs in the top of the ninth to win a close one and tie the Series.â€
â€œAnd who can forget that record breaking night that Albert Pujols had in game three? Even that slugfest was fun to watch.â€
Scotty P laughed.Â â€œAfter watching the Cardinals score 16 runs that night Texas came back and shut them out the next night. How can their hitting go that cold?â€
â€œGood pitching has a way of cooling off hot bats.â€
â€œThen Texas won the game that they needed to win. They shut the Cardinals down with a well-played game to go up 3-2 in the Series and head back to St. Louis.â€
All the guys had watched the games on TV and so had Julie. They were taking turns making comments but generally shared the same viewpoint. â€œThe whole town was pumped up and they were playing so poorly,â€ Fred complained. â€œThey were pretty much left for dead when Texas went up 7-4 late in the sixth game.â€
â€œBut one run in the eighth set the stage for the bottom of the ninth,â€ Pork Chop replied. â€œThey not only were down to their last out, but they were down to their last strike!â€
â€œIt happened again in the tenth after Texas went ahead 9-7 on a two run homer.â€
â€œHaving your backs to the wall two innings in a row and delivering in the clutch is next to impossible.â€
â€œThe Cards were down to their last strike again only to tie it up again at 9-9.â€
“It was destiny.â€
“I thought so too after watching that home run sail over the centerfield wall in the bottom of the eleventh for a 10-9 come-from-behind win.â€
â€œI was so wired I couldnâ€™t go to sleep.â€
â€œDid you see the TV ratings? Itâ€™s been one of the highest rated World Series in years.â€
â€œThatâ€™s because every game was fabulous!â€
â€œThe whole town was ready for game sevenâ€
â€œIt was anti-climactic after the most memorable game in World Series history the night before.â€
â€œYou can keep your good cheer,â€ Julie said to Fred. â€œThe Cardinals played their hearts out and the Rangers have nothing to be ashamed of. There were all kinds of winners on that field.â€ She took out a wet towel and wiped off the table. â€œTip your hat to the Cardinals for winning a hard fought Series.â€
â€œBut it was clearly game six that decided it. They took every punch the Rangers could offer and kept fighting back.â€
â€œThat game will go down in baseball history as one of the most exciting ever.â€
â€œIâ€™ll never forget it!â€
I am delighted that James Ross has decided to share the scuttlebutt from the back booth of The Prairie Winds Clubhouse.