Your Favorite Season?
In the 7 almost 8 years I have been watching baseball, I have saw the Tigers loose 119 games and go to the World Series and blow a 6 game lead in 7 days to miss out on the playoffs on game 163. But I think one season will forever stand out in my mind for the rest of my life. 2006!
The 2006 was a great season and the highlight so far in my 8 years of watching this team. I remember it like yesterday, Jeremy Bonderman winning 16, Kenny Rogers coming over from Texas after the camera guy thing in 05, Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya coming up as rookies, and have a great offense with a dominate bullpen and a great starting 9. Brandon Inge had is first good season hitting 28 HR's, Craig Monroe hitting 27 HR, Curtis hitting 20+, Maggs hitting 20+ with a 100 RBI, Guillen had a 100 RBI season, Pugde winning a Gold Glove and Polanco just being as solid and consistent as ever.
Then the bullpen with Jones, Rodney, Grilli, Zumaya, Walker,Ledzma, and then are staring rotation, Verlander, Bonderman, Rogers, Maroth. It was just a great season. It sucks that we lost the last 5 games and lost the division again.
But then that magical playoff run, beating the Yankees, sweeping the A's on that Maggs walkoff, and then the disappointing loss to the Cardinals in the World Series. But none the less still my all time favorite season and I will never forget it.
2004 was probably my favorite season. Cardinals were not as good in 03, and decided to move "all-in" for the next year. Everything LaRussa touched turned to gold, and the Cards won over 100 games. It seemed that everything was working in our favor for #10.
Enter the Red Sox, fresh off a 3-0 LCS comeback over the Yankees....and the momentum was too tough to overcome, as the Red Sox ended 86 years of futility in St. Louis with a sweep. That was the best Cardinal team LaRussa had, and it was much better than the WhiteyBall years. They ran into a hot opponent, and losing Game 1 12-9 sealed their fate.
2011 was pretty damn exciting as the regular season went down to the wire and the playoffs were pretty damn exciting to.
SF Giants all the way!! I was there at Game 3! I remember watching Edgar hit his HR and so many other things. I could explain a lot of things there, but this was my favorite.
I would probably go with the 1987 season, right off the bat. That was the year I really fell in love with baseball! I was 11 years old, and really started collecting baseball cards seriously, played my first season of Little League, and played at home from dawn to dusk! My favorite team is the Cardinals, and Whitey Herzog had another great team that year, though they fell short in the World Series (losing in 7 Games, just like in 1985). Injuries derailed Whitey's Runnin' Redbirds from a second World Championship in the 1980s (won it all in 1982, lost in 1985, only team that decade to go to 3 World Series).
The first half of the '87 season saw a ridiculous amount of HRs hit! It was like watching funny-ball rather than baseball! Many players of that era had their career high in HRs in 1987, even established power men like Jack Clark, Dale Murphy, etc. The Cardinals' Jack "The Ripper" Clark and the Wizard of Oz, Ozzie Smith, split the MVP vote on the team between them. In a horrible decision, Andre Dawson of the last place Cubs won it, but Jack or Ozzie certainly should have gotten the MVP.
Dawson led the NL with 49 HRs, rookie Mark McGwire (in the enormous Oakland Coliseum even) led the AL with 49 and AL MVP George Bell had 47. Most of the HRs hit, however, were hit in the first half of the season. And, even with all that potent offense in the first half of 1987, the All Star Game in Oakland was a 2-0 extra inning NL win! No HRs! The Expos Tim Raines (the MVP of the game and went 3-3 at the plate) tripled in two runners in the 12th or 13th inning to win it. Crazy, my friends and I all expected a big scoring affair!
That is my first impression, and just a little about the season that I remembered off the top of my head. Of course, I will never forget the 2006 postseason! That was 24 years after the last time I saw my Cardinals win a World Series, but even that feeling pales in comparison to the 2011 World Series, especially Game 6!!!
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