Congratulations, Cardinals! Er…

Pax Arcana

Despite all that was written about this World Series, I did watch almost every pitch. And I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a hearty congratulations to the new champions. So here goes:

Congratulations to the 2006 2008 World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals Philadelphia Phillies!

As the National League representative in the 2006 2008 World Series, the Cardinals Phillies were the proverbial “team that got hot at the right time.” Power hitting first baseman Albert Pujols Ryan Howard struggled for much of the year but found his stroke down the stretch, while defensive stalwart Scott Rolen Pedro Feliz finally broke out at the plate when it mattered. On the mound, a combination of crafty veteran starters like Jeff Suppan Jamie Moyer and brilliant young relievers like Adam Wainright Ryan Madson backed up the stellar performance of the team’s young ace, Chris Carpenter Cole Hamels.

And they did it against one of the greatest upstart teams in two years baseball history.

The 2006 Detroit Tigers 2008 Tampa Bay Rays engineered a startling turnaround after more than a decade of utter futility. A burgeoning crop of young pitchers like Justin Verlander James Shields, Jeremy Bonderman Andy Sonnanstine, and Nate Robertson Scott Kazmir led the team to the postseason through the gauntlet of the strong American League Central East. At the plate, rising stars like Carlos Guillen Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe Evan Longoria showed they could handle the pressures of a tight divisional race and postseason play. A star blossomed in centerfield, as Curtis Granderson B.J. Upton showed the world why scouts have been drooling over him for years.

I expect these Tigers Rays to compete for years to come.

In the end, though, the Cardinals Phillies were just clicking at the right time. A couple of key defensive miscues by the Tigers Rays opened the door, and the Cardinals Phillies were able to capitalize, shutting down the middle of the Tigers Rays lineup for most of the series.

Most observers realize that the 2006 2008 World Series really could have gone either way, but hey — a 4-1 series win is a 4-1 series win, right?

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