The St. Louis Cardinals just pulled off the largest comeback in an elimination game in the history of baseball, and I’m not even a little surprised. That is some serious magic right there.
On one of my old blogs, I had a tradition of breaking down the four possible Super Bowl matchups prior to the Conference Championship games. At a reader’s suggestion, I started doing the same for other sports. So here we go.
1. The Rematch Series: Cardinals/Tigers
I have been all-in for this matchup two years in a row now. The Cardinals losing Pujols should theoretically make this less interesting to me, but how about the way the Cardinals have managed to maintain one of the best offenses in baseball without arguably the best hitter in baseball? Plus, you have to love the idea of that Tigers rotation (headlined by Verlander) going against the reinforced Cardinals rotation with Adam Wainwright back from Tommy John surgery. You have to. It’s the law.
2. The Dynasty Series: Cardinals/Yankees
The Yankees (27) and Cardinals (11) have the first and second most World Series wins. They represent the most successful franchises in the history of baseball.
3. The “Insert Storyline Here” Series: Giants/Tigers
If Tim Lincecum were still alive, you could bill this as an incredible pitching showcase.
4. The Relocation Series: Giants/Yankees
I guess the real story here would be there’s very little chance I’d watch an entire inning of any of these games.