On Monday October 22nd, 2012, 31.8% of St. Louis houses had their TV tuned to Game 7 of the NLCS.
A huge rating, for sure. But in a baseball-crazy city 9 innings away from back-to-back pennants, the number on the surface seems low.
At least until you put yourself back in that dark space. Where the Cardinals were up 3-1 in the NLCS, at home and ready to pop bottles just 3 days prior.
Then 32% seems silly for a whole other reason.
By the thrid inning, it was 6-0 Giants (side: enjoy Kyle Lohse, Brewer fans!) and we knew a long, long winter was ahead. Tonight, around 9p St. Louis time, the healing begins.
It's Opening Day.
And the Cardinals have a fresh 162 chances to help us all forget the last 3.
OPENING DAY ROSTER:
IF: Tony Cruz, Yadier Molina, Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Daniel Descalso, Ryan Jackson, Pete Kozma, Ty Wigginton
OF: Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Shane Robinson
SP: Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook
RP: Mitchell Boggs, Randy Choate, Joe Kelly, Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal, Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas
DL: Chris Carpenter (60-day/Season), Rafael Furcal (60-day/Seson), David Freese (15-day), Jason Motte (15-day)
It's Opening Day. Make sure the boss knows you'll be up late tonight celebrating. Winter sucked. Now it's over. Time to make the summer of 2013 memorable.