Saturday, October 13, 2012
WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?
Did I just witness the Washington Nationals blow a 6-0 lead and then implode in the 9th inning?
Did I just witness the St. Louis Cardinals demonstrating why they are the baseball equivalent of Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th movies?
There are so many emotions to process.
This has to be one of the great cataclysmic disasters in the history of baseball and a potential crusher for a franchise.
Remember when the Red Sox were one strike from winning the 1986 World Series and lost the game and the Rangers were one strike from winning the 2011 World Series and lost the game, there was still a Game Seven to be played.
This was a lead lost and a bottom of the inning was all they had to turn things around.
And unlike '86 and '11 or even the Francisco Cabrera game or the final Game of the 2001 World Series, this was a collapse at home.
There was silence. Crushing silence.
I couldn't help but think of Davey Johnson. He was in the other dugout in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
I bet he thought at one point "So THIS is what the Red Sox felt like that night."
But even the 1986 Red Sox did not blow a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile I am guessing the Giants will be favored in the NLCS. Why?
Exactly how many times do the Cardinals have to win series that nobody gave them a chance in before someone gives them a chance?
So the city of Washington still hasn't had a post season series victory since 1924.
The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise is still without a pennant.
And those damn Cardinals are still alive.