HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26: Lance Berkman #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals gives his former teammate Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros a pat on the rear as they cross paths during an inning change at Minute Maid Park on September 26, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
That was about as fun as I could have imagined. It's been a long time since I got that invested in a game, but the Astros pulled me into it. As the game rolled along, it started feeling inevitable that the Cardinals would make the comeback.
However, when that comeback stalled without them getting the go-ahead run, and when the Astros kept at it...well, I was pretty pumped when that run came home in the 10th.
And Angel Sanchez being the man who did it? What must Tim have thought??
Wandy Rodriguez pitched well enough to get the win, Matt Downs added a home run and the rest of the team did well enough. But, this game was much more about the Cardinals in their playoff quest. With the Braves loss finishing up before this one ended, the Cards had to know they needed this game. With two to play now, this thing is either headed for a playoff or something more. Will the Cards sweep Houston? Can they count on the Phillies sweeping Atlanta? If the Braves win, combined with another Houston victory, the Cards are done. That's a satisfying sentence to write.
The only bad part of this game was that Lance Berkman was almost the big hero for the Cardinals. As much as his presence on LaRussa's Bunch hasn't really bothered me, that would have. I don't need to see Lancelot taking a victory lap in the World Series for the Cards. I have my fan limits, you know.
So, tomorrow is another day. If it's as productive as this one, the end to this season might be pretty nice.