It was the 11th championship for the Cardinals. For the Rangers, who have never won a World Series in a half-century of existence but were a strike away in this one, it was as heartbreaking a loss as any team in any sport will ever experience.
Closer Jason Motte got David Murphy to fly out to left field for the final out, setting off the annual pile-on that nearly every kid who ever picked up a glove dreams of jumping onto.
The Cardinals’ win completed an astonishing comeback that will go down with some of the great miracles in baseball’s storied history. Left for dead over the summer and down to their final strike in consecutive innings in Game 6 Thursday night, the Cardinals stormed back on the magically clutch hitting of World Series most valuable player David Freese, who doubled home the first two runs of the clincher Friday night on the Mississippi.
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