Few are fortunate enough to have their greatest moment when everybody is looking.
But on this date five years ago Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes, a rookie pitcher who has as of the end of the 2011 season held a 13-26 record with a 5.12 ERA, tamed the heavily favored Detroit Tigers to win the first game of the World Series.
Reyes gave up a run in the first inning then put up seven zeros in a row before giving up one more in the ninth frame en route to a 7-2 victory over fellow rookie, Tigers starter Justin Verlander. He allowed only four hits and a walk while striking out four in front of the Detroit crowd.
The Cardinals went on to win the series four games to one. But manager Tony La Russa, perhaps because he understood that he shouldn't try to catch lightning in a bottle twice, didn't use his rookie pitcher again in the 2006 Fall Classic.
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Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen homered and Rolen and Chris Duncan doubled along with two Jim Edmonds base hits to provide the St. Louis offense.