Goodbye Kitties ….

Detroit kitties that is. Cards take game 5 to win their 10th World Series title in club history. (2nd behind the Yankees and their 26….aarrgghh, we hate the Yankees)(but I digress)

Any World Series is worth watching in my book, but the lasting memories from this one are going to be about how poorly the Tigers played defense. Eight errors in five games, including five by their pitchers. Those five miscues by the pitchers led to eight unearned runs over the series. The Tigers only managed to push across eleven runs of their own in the five games and gave up almost that many as gifts. No wonder the Cardinals were able to win without hitting the lights out.

The Cards stumbled into the postseason with the second-lowest winning percentage ever to make the playoffs. They got past the Padres and the Mets on the strength of Chris Carpenter and improbable performances by Jeff Weaver and Jeff Suppan. They were carried into the World Series by the miraculous ninth inning wonderblast from ?Yadier Molina? Yes, I had to rub my eyes in disbelief as well. Yes, that Yadier Molina. The one with a season batting average of .216 and a career total of 16 home runs spread out over three years. That Yadier Molina.

And there they were, going into the World Series as underdogs in almost everybody’s books, but I guess that’s why they play the games. Hardly a classic among post-season classics, but every World Series is interesting in its own little ways.

Well, now there’s only about 155 more days to go until Opening Day ’07. But only about 124 until Spring Training begins. And only 38 until the winter trade meetings begin. OK, I guess I can live with that. Suffice it to say that baseball remains my #1 sport of obsession. Maybe I can get some work done over the next few months. Hmmm, maybe after the elections.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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