King Cardinals......RIP Joe Niekro
The Saint Louis Cardinals, winners of only 83 games in the regular season, earned the right to call themselves the 2006 World Champions Of Baseball with better pitching, hitting and defense than their opponents, the Detroit Tigers. And Jim Leyland has won the Boob of the Year award for not going with his hottest pitcher when it counted the most. But eventually the Cardinals would have triumphed in this uninteresting matchup anyways. The Tigers did accomplish something. No pitching staff has ever made errors in each of the first five games of a World Series. Until now. And that's counting last night's game. Thanks go to Joel Zumaya, Todd Jones, Justin Verlander, and Fernando Roony. Pitcher's fielding practice will be a bigger part of spring training next year. Well done! Final score....4-2. Congratulations go to the St. Louis Cardinals and their manager, Tony LaRussa, and of course the players. You outplayed 'em in every possible way. So long baseball 2006. The off season, with all its wheelings and dealings, awaits. And you'll read about it right here.
On a sad note, famed pitcher Joe Niekro died yesterday from a brain aneurysm he suffured on Thursday. He was only 61. Rest in peace, Joe. Your cunning ways on the mound entertained us all. You will be missed.