In Case You Missed It: Why World Series Game 6 Is an Instant Classic

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St. Louis Cardinals greet David Freese, right, at home after Freese hit the game-winning solo home run off a pitch by Texas Rangers' Mark Lowe in the 11th inning.

An error-laden, eye-rolling game turned into edge-of-your-seat action. Hopefully you hadn’t turned off the TV by then.

And if you didn’t, the hours of sleep you lost were well warranted. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in a thrilling 11th-inning win to keep their World Series hopes alive, coming back twice on what could have been the final strike of the game.

The highlight reel is very much a Freese frame on the walk-off 11th inning home run. Cardinals’ third baseman David Freese smashed a dramatic bomb to center field. But it was the second time he won the game for the Cardinals last night.

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Texas continued to push toward their first World Series win, but the much-raved-about Rangers bullpen crumbled under pressure. In the bottom of the ninth, Freese was again at the plate, facing ace pitcher Neftali Feliz. Two outs, two strikes on him. It could have been the last pitch of the game – and Freese hit a deep ball to right field. It was a two-run triple that evened the score at 7, with the game heading to extra innings. No sleep for Busch Stadium last night, it would seem.

And in the top of the tenth, the Rangers attempted to put it away again. Heavy-hitter Josh Hamilton, who hadn’t hit a homer all postseason, finally clinched a clutch one. His two-run blast put the Rangers up 9-7. Was this game finally over?

To the bottom of the tenth: solid slugging brought in a St. Louis run, but they were still down by one. Cardinals’ first baseman Lance Berkman was at the plate, again down to what could have been the last strike of the game. A base hit to center field brought home John Jay on third base, tying the game at 9.

A fruitless top of the eleventh for Texas, then Freese entered in the bottom to bring home a huge Cardinals win at their home park. To game seven we go. May it be half as thrilling.

Nick Carbone is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @nickcarbone. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

READ: Miracle in St. Louis: Anatomy of a Thrilling Win

27 comments
KGB7
KGB7

Im suing Time and this guy for as i have wasted my time reading this article.

Yitzach
Yitzach

This was featured at what-if.xkcd.com/96. The guy at loweringthebar.net wanted to what might happen the plaintiff won.

cpc8472
cpc8472

Sounds like maybe he didn't get any rabies shots after he was bitten. 

meowcow
meowcow

These types of people should be thrown in jail for abuse of the legal system.


The strategy is to file a ridiculous lawsuit and represent themselves so that they don't have any lawyer costs. The defendant usually has no idea what this lawsuit entails, so they hire a lawyer in response. The result is financial harm to the defendant at no cost to the plaintiff (except his time).


In such frivolous lawsuits, the plaintiff should be forced to pay for the defendants legal expenses - or go to jail and have future wages garnished.

MarkMondazzi
MarkMondazzi

Here’s a math question: what is one trillion, times one trillion, times one trillion, times two?

Here's a math answer from paragraph one: 2.e + 48

JoeGolden
JoeGolden

I laughed so hard my drink came out my nose when I read this.  It burned a little. Therefore I'm suing Anton Purisima for damages.  And no not anything crazy like 2 undecillion dollars.  I will sue for just 1 sextillion (just a fraction of his lawsuit).

WillNowicki
WillNowicki

Come on TIME, there's no such thing as Hoboken University. Must be either referring to Stevens Institute or Hoboken University Medical Center, which isn't a degree granting institution.

bclark1553
bclark1553

This dog is amazing! You have heard about the dogs that can sniff out cancer, well apparently this one can sniff out a douchbag a mile away, and ran up and bit him on the finger. Fortunately for the guy, the dog couldn't tell the difference between his finger and his penis!

ummm1
ummm1

maybe instead of mocking him, the journalistic outlets benefitting directly from clicks for sharing this "news" should also act like decent humans and indicate some concern about his mental health.

FuzzyPotato
FuzzyPotato

I suppose everyone has to have hobbies....

elhamb3166
elhamb3166

I am certain that the court will toss this 'lawsuit' but why is it even possible to file a single lawsuit that encompasses several disparate  issues?

Obviously Purisima is a certifiable whack-job and probably should be ensconced in a padded cell.

I don't blame the doggy for chomping on his finger.

HosagiMatissmoTaishou
HosagiMatissmoTaishou

Is it even possible for this amount to be paid out? I doubt if you combined the GDP of the G8 Countries you would even get anywhere close to this amount. Ive said it once(to my friends) and I will say it here the national past time for America has switched from Baseball to Frivolous Lawsuits. And this one takes the cake.

rahamilton1
rahamilton1

To be honest, his actual damages plus penalty, probably won't be the number he sued for...depending on where the trial is held.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Wasn't the law changed recently so people who lose lawsuits now have to pay the court costs of the defendants?

Koby
Koby

Only in the USA!

Channah
Channah

Purisima is crazy-really nuts.

Money_Journal
Money_Journal

@meowcow  - And doesn't this type of thing (well, perhaps not THIS type of thing, but other "less frivolous, but still frivolous" lawsuits) tend to end up in some sort of out-of-court settlement because it's cheaper to pay the guy off than to spend money defending yourself? 

lancasterpa
lancasterpa

@WillNowicki  Who said he was suing a school?  I am sure he is suing the Medical Center. A need to read and comprehend. 

Hoeech
Hoeech

@rahamilton1 You really think he won't get a payment equal to the combined GDPs of every country on the planet for the next 3 quadrillion years?  I've seen his lawyer in action.  I have faith in him.

UGA
UGA

@PeteCocker @WilfTarquin  As long as this applies to defendants who lose having to pay the plaintiff lawyers too, that seems fair.