Game 6: The Greatest Ever?

Sportswriters breathless after last night's epic World Series game
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2011 10:48 AM CDT
World Series Game 6: Sportswriters React to Epic St. Louis Cardinals-Texas Rangers Game
David Freese hits a solo home run off a pitch by Mark Lowe in the 11th inning of Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – The words “best ever” are being thrown around a lot this morning, after the Cardinals’ epic 10-9 win over the Texans in Game 6 of the World Series. Here’s what the breathless sportswriters out there are saying:

  • “The term ‘baseball game’ doesn’t begin to do justice to this remarkable life experience,” writes Jayson Stark of ESPN. No matter how many postseason games you’ve seen, “you would have a very, very, very difficult time making a case that any of them were better than this one.”
  • From the ninth inning on, “you couldn’t breathe,” writes Jonah Keri of Grantland. “We'd crossed the plane of reality to some screenwriter's fantasy.” This could only happen in baseball, the game with no clock, the “game where time stands still, and the impossible becomes possible.”

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  • Busch Stadium felt like “an open-air insane asylum,” writes Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. All night “these red-clad crazies couldn't tell if they were living or dying.” Now, after David Freese’s magnificent blast, “it’s Christmas and New Year’s Day and every other delightful holiday all rolled into one."
  • Really, this win-probability chart from Fangraphs says it all. As Keri writes, it looks just like "the roller coaster ride we all felt while watching.”
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