Game 5 of the 2006 World Series I was at Mike Shannon’s Outfield Bar.
When Adam Wainright closed out the tenth championship in St. Louis Cardinals history, I remember the entire bar being like a coiled snake… waiting until the exact right moment to explode. When that final pitched happened, it was a huge release of energy. I dropped my phone amongst the masses. I had to crawl around amongst a couple thousand people to get it back. I think my eye got popped out of socket somehow.
I’ll never forget it.
There are always going to be those games. The ones where time only makes them better. Where the crowd doubles in size. Where the drinks were twice as strong. It’s the great thing about sports; you really don’ t know where the next legendary thing is going to happen. You might suffer through 100 something suck-ass games, but that 101th is going to be something you never forget.
Game 3 of the 2011 World Series is going to be one of those game. 4+ hours of baseball that produced a historic game from one Mr. Jose Alberto Pujols. 14 total bases. 3 home runs. 6 RBI’s. 5 hits. The dude broke so many records that the only ones that were comparable were named Jackson. And Ruth.
Not bad company.
I happen to be in Denver for my real job. And while watching the game with 50 or so Cardinal fans in a bar isn’t comparable to being in STL, I can tell you unequivocally that this not will not be forgotten.
It’s a legendary performance, by a legendary player. The kind of game where you sit back and tell everyone what you were doing the WS game where Pujols hit 3 HRs and even though you don’t really care… you kind of actually do want to hear.
The Cardinals are up 2 games to 1 in the World Series.
That’s the good news.
But the bigger story is that you just got done watching a game that you’ll never forget. Good or bad, happy or sad, Game 3 of the 2011 World Series is going to stick with you for a long time. It’s the reason that sports is so compelling- you really don’t know when greatness will strike.
Albert Pujols not only added to his legend tonight. He gave us a memory we’ll never forget.