(KMOX, St. Louis) After Fridays incredible and historical comeback for the Cards, I started thinking about the dramatic playoff moments the Redbirds have had in my lifetime that didn’t include a final out to clinch. The list and it’s order is obviously debatable and some of you have witnessed more than I have. I wasn’t around during the 60’s. But I do believe I’m not caught in the moment with the historical aspect of Fridays comeback. But anyway, here goes:
1) David Freese’s homer in Game 6 in the 2011 World Series. There were several other big hits in the comeback, but this one capped what most believed as an improbable comeback and force a 7th and deciding game.
2) Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso hits to tie and give Cards lead in Game 5 of 2012 NLDS. There were several other critical moments that led to the Cards comeback from a 6 run deficit early in the game, but none bigger than the bottom of the lineup producing 4 runs in the 9th.
3) Ozzie Smiths homer in the 10th inning of Game 5 of 1985 NLCS. Will never forget NBC flashing the note as Ozzie stepped to the plate that he’d never hit a homer from the left side of the plate in his career. And on cue that streak ended and we all Went Crazy Folks.
4) Jim Edmonds home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 2004 NLCS. Cards on the brink of elimnation and Jimmy ballgame came through in typical Edmonds dramatic form.
5) Yadier Molina’s 9th inning homer in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS. Remember Yadi wasn’t much of a hitter back then and his shot just got over the left field wall at Shea.
6) Jack Clarks 3 run shot in the 9th inning in game 6 of the 1985 NLCS. I will never forget Jack the Ripper pointing to the dugout as he was getting set to round first base and as the ball sailed into the Dodger stadium left field bleachers Pedro Guerrero threw his glove to the ground. Classic!
7) Cards comeback in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series to win World Title. The Cards got key hits in the 6th inning by Keith Hernandez and George Hendrick to tie the game and take the lead. Darrell Porter would add an insurance RBI single in the 8th to help solidify my first witness to a World title.
8) Chris Carpenter outdueling Roy Halladay in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. I wish I could have seen Bob Gibsons 17 strikeout performance in the World Series, but this pitching performance by Carp had to be real close to that gem.
9) Albert Pujols moonshot in the 9th inning of Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. While the Cards didn’t win the series, this was a blast for the ages that may still be traveling. Wow!
tie 10) Willie McGee’s performance in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series. Willie hit two homers and made an incredible catch late in the game to preserve the win. While Albert and Edmonds and others have had amazing playoff performances, this individual effort in one game to me is still the best.
10) Jose Oquendo’s 3 run homer in the 2nd inning of game 7 of the 1987 NLCS. A very intense playoff matchup against the Giants and Jeffrey Leonard and Jose, who didn’t have much power, provided a crushing blow early in the 7th and deciding game to help the Cards clinch.
Again this list in order is up for debate and there may be others in the last 30 years that you think are deserving. But there’s no mistaking that Cardinal nation has been lucky to witness so many great moments. Here’s to more classic moments this fall and for years to come. Enjoy the NLCS!
Scott Warmann is a co-host on the Sports Hub