Honestly. Five errors, 11 walks, utter confusion all over the field, and eventual bat brutality completed the Cardinals' 10-9 walkoff win over the Texas Rangers Thursday night in St. Louis to force Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
Josh Hamilton, who was told by the Lord himself that he would hit a homer in the 10th inning, and his hernia were feeling pretty darn good about that extra-inning longball (about time) until things really started to heat up. This game was a complete shitshow until about the seventh inning. I literally could not stop laughing throughout the early to middle innings, but then things got real serious real quick and shut me the hell up. The game went from a total joke to one of the best games I've ever seen in my life.
Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz each homered before Ian Kinsler drove in the third run of the seventh inning to make it 7-4, Texas. Down to their last strike, the Cardinals rallied when Allen Craig was like, "Oh no you didn't!" and went yard in the bottom of the ninth before hometown hero David Freese nailed a two-tun triple to tie it up when it seemed as if they were going home once again. Then Hamilton came to the plate and erased the Cardinals' rally with a two-run shot on the first pitch he saw from closer Jason Motte.
But wait, there's more. With two on and two out in the 10th inning, Lance Berkman crushed a base hit up the middle to knot it up once again. I was beginning to think this game would never end, but hometown boy Freese came up big in the 11th -- grinning ear to ear -- with a longball just over the wall into the center field grass which gave Joe Buck the opportunity to say six little words he's waited his entire life to utter:
"And we'll see you... tomorrow night."