A little while ago I wrote a fanpost for the play-in round of my Greatest Moment In Cardinals History bracket. The results are in and the Round of 32 is set:
- Pete Kozma's go-ahead hit in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS defeated Matt Adams' go-ahead homer in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS 50.9% to 49.1%.
- Willie McGee robs homer in Game 3 of 1982 World Series defeated Seat Cushion Night 73.7% to 26.3%.
- Jim Edmonds' catch in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS defeated Scott Rolen's go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS 73.7% to 26.3%.
- So Taguchi's go-ahead homer in Game 2 of the 2006 NLCS defeated Rick Ankiel's homer in his first game back 54.4% to 45.6%.
With that in mind, here is the updated bracket:
We have 16 matchups to get through so I'll try to keep this brief. Feel free to skip ahead to the link towards the bottom of this article.
David Freese's walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series vs. Pete Kozma's go-ahead hit in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS
Yeah, this seems unnecessary.
Yadier Molina's go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS vs. Tom Lawless' go-ahead homer in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series
Yadier Molina broke a 1-1 tie in the decisive game of the 2006 NLCS while Tom Lawless broke a 1-1 tie with the mother of all bat flips. Of all bat flips. All the bat flips.
Final out of the 1926 World Series vs. Final out of the 1946 World Series
The Cardinals called on Pete Alexander for the final 7 outs of Game 7 of the 1926 World Series. He retired the first six Yankees he faced before walking Babe Ruth with two gone in the bottom of the 9th. With Bob Meusel at the dish and Lou Gehrig on deck, Ruth broke for second when catcher Bob O'Farrell fired down to second where Rogers Hornsby sealed the first championship in franchise history.
A rollercoaster 7th game concluded with Harry Brecheen–who surrendered the lead in the 8th–yielding a pair of singles to open the 9th. Brecheen and the Cardinals, back up by a run, would retire the next three Red Sox batters for the club's 6th title since 1926.
Skip to the 23:45 mark for the final out of the 1946 World Series.
Jim Edmonds' walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS vs. Lou Brock's 3000th hit
I don't have much to say about this matchup, except that "Edmonds hit 42 home runs during the regular season...AND WE ARE GOING TO GAME SEVEN IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES!"
Bob Gibson's shutout in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series vs. Willie McGee robs homer in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series
The matchup features one of the greatest starts in Cardinals history versus one of the greatest catches in Cardinals history.
Final out of the 2011 World Series vs. Final out of the 1934 World Series
This really isn't a fair match in the year 2017, but just know that Dizzy Dean capped off the 1934 World Championship with his second complete game of the series–a Game 7 shutout to lead the Cardinals to an 11-0 victory.
And now for your viewing pleasure...
Final out of the 1982 World Series vs. Bob Gibson's three complete games in the 1967 World Series
Bruce Sutter closed out "a World Series winner for the Cardinals" with a strikeout of Gorman Thomas (the man Willie McGee robbed above) to win Game 7 by the score of 6-3.
15 years prior, Bob Gibson earned his second World Series MVP award with the following line:
3 games started, 3 complete games, 3-0 record, 27 innings, 1.00 ERA, 26/5 K/BB ratio, .704 WHIP
Jack Clark's go-ahead homer in Game 6 of the 1985 NLCS vs. Final out of the 1944 World Series
Maybe you should have pitched to "that blank-blank Van Slyke", Tommy.
Ozzie Smith's walk-off homer in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS vs. Jim Edmonds' catch in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS
Needless to say, folks went crazy.
Stan Musial's 3000th hit vs. David Freese's triple in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series
Do you go with the historical landmark or the recent memory?
Also feel free to compare Harry Caray to Joe Buck.
Lou Brock's 105th steal vs. Albert Pujols' three homers in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series
Ditto everything I just said in the previous matchup but swap Harry Caray's name for Jack Buck.
Mark McGwire's 62nd homer vs. Lance Berkman's single in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series
What will it be: Big Mac saving baseball or Big Puma saving Game 6?
Enos Slaughter's "Mad Dash" vs. So Taguchi's go-ahead homer in Game 2 of 2006 NLCS
Does So Taguchi have enough Devil Magic in the tank to knock off a #1 seed?
Skip to 2:53 for the Taguchi homer.
Final out of the 2006 World Series vs. Whitey Kurowski's go-ahead homer in Game 5 of the 1942 World Series
This is another modern moment pitted against an older opposition. Wainwright broke a 24 year championship drought with a strikeout of Brandon Inge while Kurowski took Red Ruffing deep to give the Cardinals the lead for good in the top of the 9th of Game 5 en route to the first of three championships in five seasons.
Albert Pujols' go-ahead homer in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS vs. Chris Carpenter's shutout in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS
It hit the train track.
Final out of the 2006 NLCS vs. Fernando Tatis' two grand slams in one inning
Inject that curveball to Beltran into my veins.