Tuesday, October 18, 2005

One strike away

I can't imagine what last night must have been like for Astros fans. Just watching it from the viewpoint of being a wellwisher (in that I thought that it would be cooler for them rather than the Cards to make the WS) it was painful to see. Top of the 9th, 2 outs, 2 strikes, no one on, two run lead. That's the point where you've got a game won. But it's also that mythic last strike.

Of course, the last strike of what would have been the series winning game is when Bill Buckner dribbled one through his legs.

Hit, walk, homer. Welcome to Buckner territory, Lidge.

Now, I still hope that the Cards can pull it off. The odds are painfully against them, as they still have to pull off two wins against one of the best pitching stats in the Majors, including having to pull it off against Clemens. But if they don't? This is the kind of thing that can just haunt a franchise, especially one that's already been waiting for over 40 years for just a WS appearance, much less win.

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