The biggest race of the year was not supposed to be the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was supposed to be the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.
The St. Louis Cardinals entered the final two series of the 2012 regular season with something to play for: the Second Wild Card, which would assure them a one game playoff—the winner of which goes on to play in the NLDS against the playoff team with the best record.
Currently, the Kansas City Royals sit at 29-35 and 5 games out of 1st place in the American League Central.
This tournament of 64 different Cardinal franchises will start today here on i70baseball and on Pitchers Hit Eighth.
History will show that the Cardinals won the 1987 National League Championship series in seven games. What the books don’t say is that early in the third game of the series, Cardinals fans doubted that the series would even return to St. Louis. Horribly out-gunned, one veteran player rose up and took control of the game, and the series. On October 9, 1987, the day Jeffrey Leonard’s “One Flap” got knocked down.
Last week, Michael Metzger took us back to Game 7 of the 1987 World Series with his article, The Other Game 7. It was truly an amazing game that had more plot twists than a Dan Brown novel. With the 25th anniversary coverage of the 1985 World Series last month, that leaves just one more Game 7 for the Cardinals in the Whitey Herzog era. That would be October 20, 1982: The Other Other Game 7.
With a slim 1 1/2 game lead, the Cardinals went on the road to play 2nd place New York in a 3 game weekend series. Tensions were high and the momentum gained from winning this series would propel one of the two teams into postseason.