I woke up this morning and had to turn on the old computer and watch a few highlight clips before I could convince myself that what I thought happened last night wasn't just some big crazy dream.
But it turns out that it's true. The Redbirds were somehow able to give an encore performance of their incredible 2011 post season comeback, overcoming a six-run deficit and being down to their last strike three times before completing a four-run ninth inning rally to beat Washington and advance to the National League Championship Series against San Francisco.
The victory was the perfect illustration of the difference between Cardinals Nation and the Cincinnati Reds and their fans.
On Thursday the Reds also fell being 6-0. They clawed back to make the game interesting but were never able to finish the job. Meanwhile, their fans took to Twitter while the game was still in its middle innings to demand the manager be fired, bemoan the fact that they wasted time and money on watching their "beloved" team play just for it to let them down and similar sentiments. One guy wrote that he wished he was actually at the game instead of watching it on television so he could make the statement of walking out in the middle of an elimination playoff contest. Classy.
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While there was certainly some fretting at their deficit, I never saw a single person post that they wanted the see Mike Matheny fired or Adam Wainwright run out of town on a rail because he had an ill-timed poor start. Cardinals fans were busy putting together schemes in their head about how St. Louis could stage a comeback and still win the whole shootin' match.
Maybe I'm wrong. But I would like to believe the players, at least to some extent, feed off the energy and support of Cardinals fans.
Contrary what the haters in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Chicago and other cities that have tired of the Cardinals' winning ways think, I believe there is nothing more beautiful that a team or a person or an organization that doesn't have an ounce of quit in it.
It was beautiful to see newcomer Carlos Beltran get a taste of the Cardinals mojo. And to see .227-hitting second baseman Daniel Descalso come through with the tying hit. It might have been more beautiful to see rookie Pete Kozma -- and "rookie" isn't a strong enough term when we're talking about a guy who was called to the big leagues on Aug. 30 after a sub par trip through the minors that ended with him losing his job at shortstop to another player and being forced to move to second. His career was on the rocks as much as it could be ... until he got just one chance.
It's just a game. But it's a great example of how much difference it makes to want something just a little bit more than the other guy.
When you see with your own eyes seemingly unbelievable things happening, doesn't it at least make you feel a little bit warm and fuzzy and that maybe anything really IS possible?