But we’ll try to write some.
First there was Jaime Garcia, getting out of runners on the corners, nobody out, a run already in, and facing Young-Beltre-Cruz.
Then there was Lance Berkman, putting the Cardinals on top quickly again, with a two-run home run.
Then there was Colby Lewis, bunting into a double play with two on and nobody out.
Then there was Ian Kinsler, driving home the tying run anyway.
Then there was Matt Holliday (and Rafael Furcal), dropping a pop-up that could’ve been easily caught, but letting it clank off his glove instead. At least it was his glove this time.
Then there was Michael Young and Colby Lewis, combining to make an error in the bottom of the inning where Lewis just flat-out did not touch the bag.
Then there was David Freese, dropping an infield pop-up.
Then there was the bottom of the sixth. Pujols struck out to begin it. (And by the way, at this point, Pujols had the massive Game 3, and no hits in any other World Series game.) Lance Berkman hit a ground ball to Adrian Beltre – and Beltre wasn’t able to throw it out, because it was placed so perfectly. Berkman reached on an infield hit. Michael Young made another error, a real one this time, and Holliday reached too. Freese walked to load the bases. Alexi Ogando, so untouchable in the first two rounds and so horrible in the World Series, came in… and promptly walked Yadier Molina to force in the tying run.
Then there was Matt Holliday, one of the game’s elite players, getting picked off third with just one out. Oops.
Then there was Nick Punto, walking. No, really.
Then, just when the Cardinals had used a serious assortment of weirdness to tie it back up, there were back-to-back home runs by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz, and an insurance run driven in by Ian Kinsler.
Then, there was the fact that the insurance run was scored by Derek Holland.
Then, there was Allen Craig homering to pull the Cardinals just a little closer.
Then, there was a pitching change for Gerald Laird, and the bases loaded for the Cardinals… and a groundout by Rafael Furcal.
Then, there was Neftali Feliz striking out Ryan Theriot. (I mean, duh.) And then there was Pujols – in his last at-bat as a Cardinal, probably, and outside of the greatest World Series offensive performance of all time in one game useless in this series, funny as it is to say – doubling. And Berkman walking. But then Craig struck out looking on a pitch that hung so much it might as well have negated his homer earlier.
And then there was David Freese, and the two strikes on him. The Rangers were just one strike away from their first World Series ever. But then there was David Freese’s triple, and if the Rangers were going to win it tonight, they’d have to wait at least one more inning.
Then, there was Josh Hamilton. Josh Hamilton, who hadn’t homered in a month and over 80 at-bats, who likely has a sports hernia and would be on the disabled list if he wasn’t playing in the World Series right now, hitting a two-run homer in the 10th inning to take the Rangers to the brink of a victory again.
Then, there was Darren Oliver, coming on for the save but allowing the first two Cardinal batters to reach.
Then, there was Kyle Lohse, who had to bat because the Cardinals had already run out of all their bench players by the tenth, popping up a bunt – it could’ve really been a triple play – only it fell to move the runners to second and third.
Then, there was Ryan Theriot, grounding out but driving home a run. Rangers down to just one out, again.
Then, there was Albert Pujols, getting IBBed because, well. That’s what you do with Albert Pujols.
Then, there was Lance Berkman, facing a righty. And another two-strike count, St. Louis down to the last batter of their season. And a bloop, because Texas was playing no-doubles defense, to drive home the tying run. Again.
Then, there was Jake Westbrook throwing a scoreless inning because, at this point, why the heck not.
Then, there was Mark Lowe coming on for the Rangers, when Mike Adams had only thrown three pitches all game. (To be fair, he came in during the eighth, and if Neftali Feliz closes it out in the ninth, or the assortment of pitchers in the tenth, no one is talking about this at all.) And throwing a truly awful 3-2 pitch.
Then, there was David Freese, sending the ball into the green stretch of the batters’ eye.
Then, all that was left, after even Joe Buck and Tim McCarver had been struck dumb, and the clump of Cardinals had finally left the field, was the fact that yes, anyone who was watching this game had likely seen one of the best games of all time.
And we’ll see you tomorrow night.