Lenny Dykstra (4) celebrates with teammates Rick Aguilera, Bob Ojeda and Dwight Gooden after defeating the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series. The Mets are off to a perfect 4-0 start. Is another World Series in their future? (Ronald C. Modra /SI)
St. Louis Cardinals: 2011 World Series Champions.
What an amazing way to end the 2011 MLB season!
Allen Craig minor league stolen bases: 14 (in 517 games)
Allen Craig stolen bases major league stolen bases: 5 (119 games)
Allen Craig post-season stolen base attempts before tonight: 0
Allen Craig stolen base attempts tonight: 2
Years since a player was thrown out stealing twice in one World Series game: 56
Times Albert Pujols was batting when Allen Craig was thrown out: 2
Number of home runs Albert Pujols hit two nights ago: 3
Chance that Allen Craig scores from second base on a home run: 100%
Chance that Allen Craig scores from first base on a home run: 100%
Number of times Tony La Russa has changed relievers to get the platoon advantage: 287,000 (approximation)
Increase in Mike Napoli’s OPS vs. left-handed pitchers: 113 points
Number of St. Louis pitchers in the eighth inning: 4
Number of working phones in the St. Louis bullpen: 0
Likelihood that a person would confuse the names “Motte” and “Lynn” over the phone: 2%
On-field entertainment or the source of Ian Kinsler’s next leg injury?
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I Kill Knuckleballers
Reggie Jackson lived for backing up his mouth with his bat. Look no further than his famous 1977 World Series performance, one of the most dominanting in history. Mr. October hit three home runs in three pitches in consecutive at bats. It’s the stuff legends are made of. Here’s Reg talking about the third home run.
“The next guy came in, Charlie Hough. And I had a tremendous record against Wilbur Wood and other knuckleball pitchers. And I looked around and said, ‘Nobody must know in the dugout that I kill knuckleballers.’ I couldn’t wait for him to be announced because once you’re announced, you gotta pitch. When he got announced I had a big smile on my face and I said, ‘I gotta chance to pop another one.’ And the first pitch he threw was boom.”
Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees attempts to exit the field after Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Yankee Stadium, NYC, October 18, 1977. by Larry Morris.
Juan Uribe’s three run jack gives the Giants an 8-2 lead over the Texas Rangers in the opening game of the World Series, capping a six run fifth inning.
It’s not like they have a fire pit where there’s a lion that jumps out and eats the outfielders. They don’t have that.
But it would be pretty awesome if they did have that. Just sayin’.