2011 World Series

The 2011 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2011 season.[1] The 107th edition of World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Texas Rangers and the National League (NL) champion St. Louis Cardinals;[2][3] the Cardinals defeated the Rangers in seven games to win their 11th World Series championship and their first since 2006.

The Series was noted for its back-and-forth Game 6, in which the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning, then did it again in the 10th. In both innings, the Rangers were one strike away from their first World Series championship. The Cardinals won the game in the 11th inning on a walk-off home run by David Freese. The Series was also known for the blowout Game 3, in which Cardinals player Albert Pujols hit three home runs, a World Series feat previously accomplished only by Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth, and subsequently by Pablo Sandoval (in 2012).

The Series began on October 19, earlier than the previous season so that no games would be played in November.[4] The Cardinals enjoyed home-field advantage for the series because the NL won the 2011 All-Star Game 5–1 on July 12.[5] The 2011 World Series was the first World Series to go all seven games since the 2002 Series.

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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Tony La Russa 90–72, .556, GB: 6
Texas Rangers (3) Ron Washington 96–66, .593, GA: 10
DatesOctober 19–28
MVPDavid Freese (St. Louis)
UmpiresJerry Layne (crew chief), Greg Gibson, Alfonso Márquez, Ron Kulpa, Ted Barrett, Gary Cederstrom
Hall of FamersCardinals: Tony La Russa (manager)
Rangers: none
ALCSTexas Rangers defeated Detroit Tigers, 4–2
NLCSSt. Louis Cardinals defeated Milwaukee Brewers, 4–2
Broadcast
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
RadioESPN
KMOX (STL)
KESN (TEX)
Radio announcersDan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Bobby Valentine (ESPN)
Mike Shannon and John Rooney (STL)
Eric Nadel and Steve Busby (TEX)
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2011 World Series program
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Background

The Rangers appeared in their second consecutive World Series; they lost the 2010 Series to the San Francisco Giants in five games. They were the first American League team to play in consecutive World Series since the New York Yankees did it from 1998 to 2001.[6] They earned their postseason berth by winning the American League West division, and defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series and the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series to earn their World Series berth.

The Cardinals appeared in their 18th World Series, and third in eight years.[7] They lost to the Boston Red Sox in 2004, but won in 2006 against the Detroit Tigers. The Cardinals earned their postseason berth by winning the National League Wild Card on the last day of the regular season, and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Championship Series to earn their World Series berth.

This Series was only the second time the Rangers and the Cardinals played each other; they met in regular-season interleague play in 2004, where the Cardinals won two games of a three-game series in Texas.[8] This was the first World Series assignment for umpires Greg Gibson and Ron Kulpa. Each of the other umpires had previously worked one World Series.[9]

The Cardinals were supported by fans brandishing Rally Squirrel memorabilia to celebrate their new impromptu mascot acquired during the playoff run which they credited with turning the Cardinals' fortunes around.

Texas Rangers

This was the Rangers' second appearance in the World Series. Heading into 2010, their 50th season as a franchise (counting its time as the Washington Senators), the team was the only one in Major League Baseball to never win a postseason series,[8] and was one of three teams (along with the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals) to never appear in the World Series. However, that season, the Rangers won their first postseason series and made their first appearance in the World Series, only to lose to the San Francisco Giants in five games.

During the offseason, Chuck Greenberg, who purchased the Rangers from Tom Hicks during the 2010 season along with Nolan Ryan, sold his interest in the team to Ryan, making him the Rangers' principal owner.[10] Notable player departures during the offseason included pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder/designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero (both to free agency) and catcher Bengie Molina, who retired. Notable free agent additions during the offseason included pitchers Yoshinori Tateyama and Brandon Webb, catcher Yorvit Torrealba, and third-baseman Adrián Beltré. In January 2011, as part of a three-way trade with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Rangers acquired catcher Mike Napoli in exchange for pitcher Frank Francisco. During the season, the team acquired pitcher Koji Uehara from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Chris Davis, and Mike Adams from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor-league pitchers. Pitcher Arthur Rhodes was released and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals days later; as a result, Rhodes would have been entitled to receive a World Series ring regardless of which team won.[11][12]

With the exception of one day in late April and a brief stretch in early May, the Rangers led the American League West for most of the season. They finished the season with a franchise record 96–66 (.593 winning percentage) and won their second consecutive and fifth overall division title, 10 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They also set a franchise record for home attendance of 2,946,949.[13] Texas also earned the most shutouts in the American League. All five members of the opening day starting rotation stayed in the rotation for the entire year. C. J. Wilson tied for the league lead in starts with 34 while Derek Holland tied for second in shutouts with four (tied for first in the American League), with each pitcher racking up at least 13 wins. The offense also had another good year with three players getting 30-plus home runs for the first time in team history, and Ian Kinsler completing his second 30–30 season.

The Rangers then defeated the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one in the American League Division Series before beating the Detroit Tigers four games to two in the American League Championship Series.

The Rangers lost home-field advantage in the World Series as a result of the AL team, managed by Rangers manager Ron Washington, losing the 2011 All-Star Game, when Ranger ace C. J. Wilson surrendered the game-winning three-run homer to Prince Fielder.[5]

St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals made their first World Series appearance since 2006, when they defeated the Detroit Tigers four games to one to win their National League-leading 10th World Series title. This was manager Tony La Russa's sixth World Series appearance as manager and his third with the Cardinals. The Cardinals' last postseason appearance was in 2009, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series. They finished the 2010 season with a record of 86–76 (.531), finishing in second place in the National League Central standings, five games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

During the 2010 offseason, the team signed new contracts with manager Tony La Russa and picked up All-Star slugger Albert Pujols' club option. Notable offseason departures included shortstop Brendan Ryan (traded to the Seattle Mariners) and relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth (traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers). Additionally, during the offseason the team announced that ace pitcher Adam Wainwright would miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery. Notable offseason additions included shortstop Ryan Theriot, outfielder Lance Berkman, catcher Gerald Laird, and infielder Nick Punto. In late April, after a number of blown saves, the Cardinals removed pitcher Ryan Franklin from the closer role, and released him on June 29. On July 27, the Cardinals sent outfielder Colby Rasmus and pitchers Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, and P. J. Walters to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitchers Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, and Octavio Dotel, and outfielder Corey Patterson. They then acquired Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers in exchange for Alex Castellanos, a minor-league outfielder. On August 11, the team signed free agent pitcher Arthur Rhodes, who had been released by the Texas Rangers days earlier.

The Cardinals spent much of the early part of the 2011 season in first place in the NL Central standings but dropped to second place for good on July 27. On August 25, the team trailed the Atlanta Braves in the NL wild card standings by ​10 12 games. The Cardinals amassed a 21–9 record from August 26 to September 27, while the Braves were 10–19 over that same interval. Meanwhile, on September 23, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the NL Central division title. On September 28, with the Cardinals and Braves tied atop the Wild Card standings on the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals routed the Houston Astros 8–0 in Houston, while the Braves lost at home to the Philadelphia Phillies 4–3 in 13 innings, securing the Cardinals' second wild card postseason berth in franchise history. St. Louis finished with a record of 90–72, six games behind the Brewers in the NL Central but one ahead of the Braves in the Wild Card. They defeated the Phillies in the National League Division Series three games to two, and then defeated the Brewers in the National League Championship Series four games to two.

Summary

St. Louis won the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 19 Texas Rangers – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 3 Busch Stadium 3:06 46,406[14] 
2 October 20 Texas Rangers – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 1 Busch Stadium 3:04 47,288[15] 
3 October 22 St. Louis Cardinals – 16, Texas Rangers – 7 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 4:04 51,462[16] 
4 October 23 St. Louis Cardinals – 0, Texas Rangers – 4 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:07 51,539[17] 
5 October 24 St. Louis Cardinals – 2, Texas Rangers – 4 Rangers Ballpark in Arlington 3:31 51,459[18] 
6 October 27 Texas Rangers – 9, St. Louis Cardinals – 10 (11 innings) Busch Stadium 4:33 47,325[19] 
7 October 28 Texas Rangers – 2, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 Busch Stadium 3:17 47,399[20]

: Postponed from October 26 due to rain[21]

Game summaries

Game 1

October 19, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 X 3 6 0
WP: Chris Carpenter (1–0)   LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1)   Sv: Jason Motte (1)
Home runs:
TEX: Mike Napoli (1)
STL: None

Aces were on the mound for Game 1 as C. J. Wilson faced Chris Carpenter. Both starters kept the game scoreless through the first three innings. In the fourth, Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After a double by Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman hit a single to drive both runners in. The lead wouldn't last long. Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the very next inning. David Freese doubled in the sixth with one out, and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Yadier Molina struck out, and Nick Punto walked, Allen Craig entered the game, pinch-hitting for Carpenter. Alexi Ogando relieved Wilson, and tried to finish off the inning. Craig hit a 1–2 pitch down the right field line that was just out of reach of a sliding Nelson Cruz. Freese scored to give St. Louis the lead. In the seventh, the Cardinals ran into trouble as Cruz singled and Napoli walked to put two on with one out. Marc Rzepczynski came on to face pinch-hitter Craig Gentry and struck him out. Pinch-hitter Esteban Germán was the next batter. Rzepczynski struck him out as well. In the ninth, closer Jason Motte pitched an easy 1–2–3 inning to give St. Louis the win. Controversy surrounded the inning, as Adrián Beltré was the victim of a blown call. Beltré grounded a ball to third, and Descalso threw the ball to first for the out, but replays showed he fouled the ball off his foot.

Game 2

October 20, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
WP: Mike Adams (1–0)   LP: Jason Motte (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (1)

Game 2 saw a pitchers' duel between Jaime García and Colby Lewis. Both starters kept the game scoreless through the first six innings. A pair of excellent defensive plays by Elvis Andrus stopped a couple of Cardinals rallies. In the seventh, David Freese again started a rally for St. Louis, much like in Game 1. He singled with one out, and moved to third on a single by Nick Punto with two outs. Allen Craig pinch-hit for García to face Alexi Ogando, setting up almost the same exact situation from the previous night. Again, Craig beat Ogando with a single to right field to drive in Freese. Jason Motte was brought in to save the game in the ninth. Ian Kinsler led off with a bloop single, and stole second with Andrus batting. Andrus singled into center field, and moved to second on the throw home, which got by Albert Pujols for an error. With runners on second and third, and none out, Tony La Russa switched in Arthur Rhodes for Motte. Consecutive sacrifice flies from Josh Hamilton and Michael Young gave Texas the lead. Neftalí Feliz came on in the ninth, and allowed a leadoff walk to Yadier Molina, but retired the next three batters in order to end the game and tie the Series at one game apiece.

Game 3

October 22, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 0 4 3 4 2 1 1 16 15 0
Texas 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 7 13 3
WP: Lance Lynn (1–0)   LP: Matt Harrison (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Allen Craig (1), Albert Pujols 3 (3)
TEX: Michael Young (1), Nelson Cruz (1)

After a total of just eight runs scored in the first two games in St. Louis, the offense of the two lineups scored a combined 23 runs on a historic night in Arlington in which Albert Pujols had what was described as "the greatest individual hitting performance in World Series history".[22]

Allen Craig hit a home run in the first to put the Cardinals up 1–0. In the fourth after a controversial call at first base by umpire Ron Kulpa on a force play and subsequent single put runners on first and second with one out, David Freese's RBI double made it 2–0 Cardinals. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, two runs scored on a throwing error by Mike Napoli before Ryan Theriot's RBI single made it 5–0 Cardinals. Starter Matt Harrison was pulled from the game after the inning's second out. In the bottom of the inning, a lead-off home run by Michael Young and, two batters later, a two-run home run by Nelson Cruz, made it 5–3 Cardinals. Napoli then singled to knock starter Kyle Lohse out of the game. Napoli moved to third on a groundout and single, but was tagged out at home trying to score on Ian Kinsler's fly out to end the inning.

In the fifth, the Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs on a single and two walks off of Scott Feldman before Freese's groundout scored a run, then a two-run double by Yadier Molina made the score 8–3 Cardinals. In the bottom of the inning, Texas got two leadoff singles off of Fernando Salas before Young drove in a run with a double. Lance Lynn relieved Salas and allowed an RBI single to Adrian Beltre, then, one out later, a sacrifice fly to Napoli to make it 8–6 Cardinals.

Albert Pujols, who had been hitless through the first two games, then hit a 423 ft (129 m) home run off Alexi Ogando in the sixth inning after a leadoff single and walk to make it 11–6 Cardinals. An error, single and walk loaded the bases before Mike Gonzalez relieved Ogando and allowed a sacrifice fly to Molina. Next inning, Pujols's two-run home run after a two-out walk off of Gonzalez made it 14–6 Cardinals. The Rangers scored their last run of the game in the bottom of the inning when Beltre hit a leadoff double off of Lynn, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Napoli's sacrifice fly off of Octavio Dotel.

The Cardinals added to their lead in the eighth when Freese doubled with one out off of Mark Lowe and scored on Molina's double, then in the ninth, Pujols hit his third home run of the game, giving him six RBIs, off of Darren Oliver. Mitchell Boggs retired Texas in order in the bottom of the ninth as the Cardinals won 16–7, leading the Series by 2–1.

Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth (1926, 1928) and Reggie Jackson (1977) as the only players in baseball history up to that time to hit three home runs in a World Series game. (Pablo Sandoval would also accomplish the feat the following year.) Pujols was 5-for-6 with two singles, three HRs, four runs scored, and six RBIs. Yadier Molina added two doubles, driving in four runs. David Freese continued his postseason 13-game hitting streak getting two hits (one double), driving in two runs. Pujols became the first player in World Series history[23] to get hits in four consecutive innings: fourth (single), fifth (single), sixth (HR, three RBIs), and seventh (HR, two RBIs). He tied records for most HRs (3), most hits (5), and most RBIs (6) in a World Series game, and established a new record with 14 total bases.[24]

The 16 runs scored by the Cardinals were the most runs scored in a World Series game since 2002, when the San Francisco Giants scored 16 against the Anaheim Angels.

Game 4

October 23, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Texas 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 4 6 0
WP: Derek Holland (1–0)   LP: Edwin Jackson (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: None
TEX: Mike Napoli (2)

After a high-scoring affair the night before, Derek Holland quieted the Cardinals' bats as he pitched ​8 13 innings of two-hit baseball. Lance Berkman had both of the Cardinals' two hits. Josh Hamilton's first-inning RBI double put the Rangers in front for only the second time in the Series. A three-run home run by Mike Napoli provided Holland a comfortable 4–0 lead. The Cardinals managed a small rally in the ninth, but were unable to score against closer Neftalí Feliz.[25]

Coincidentally, this game was one of two major DFW vs. St. Louis sporting events taking place in Arlington on that day, as the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams had played at nearby Cowboys Stadium that afternoon; during the opening coin toss, Berkman and Hamilton, in uniform, had each served as honorary captains for their city's team.[26]

Game 5

October 24, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Texas 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 X 4 9 2
WP: Darren Oliver (1–0)   LP: Octavio Dotel (0–1)   Sv: Neftalí Feliz (2)
Home runs:
STL: None
TEX: Mitch Moreland (1), Adrián Beltré (1)

Game 1 starters C. J. Wilson and Chris Carpenter faced off again. Wilson walked two batters, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, in the second inning and both came in to score, aided in part by an error by David Murphy. However, despite the Rangers walking nine batters in the game (including Albert Pujols three times intentionally), the Cardinals did not score again, leaving twelve runners on base. Mitch Moreland hit a home run in the third, and Adrián Beltré hit one in the sixth, to tie the score at 2–2.

The Rangers' half of the eighth featured a series of bullpen mix-ups by the Cardinals, leaving Tony La Russa without closer Jason Motte in a crucial situation. After Michael Young led off the inning with a double, La Russa sent both Motte (a right-hander) and left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to begin warmups. However, Cardinals bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist later stated that he only heard Rzepczynski's name called. When La Russa saw that Motte was not warming up, he made a second call to the bullpen, but this time Lilliquist thought he heard La Russa call for reliever Lance Lynn, who was supposedly unavailable for the game due to throwing 47 pitches in Game 3.[27]

Dotel intentionally walked Nelson Cruz, whereupon La Russa summoned Rzepczynski to face the left-handed hitting Murphy. Usually, the Rangers would counter with a right-handed pinch-hitter, such as Craig Gentry or Yorvit Torrealba. However, Murphy stayed in the game, and hit a grounder off Rzepczynski, loading the bases. With Motte not yet available (La Russa thought he was warming up, but he was not yet ready), La Russa was forced to match Rzepczynski against the right-handed hitting Mike Napoli, who hit a two-run double scoring Young and Cruz. After a Moreland strikeout, La Russa called for Motte from the bullpen, only to be surprised to see Lynn coming out (it was then when he learned of the mix-ups). Lynn then was asked to intentionally walk Ian Kinsler, making him only the third pitcher in World Series history to make a relief appearance solely to serve an intentional walk.[27]

Neftalí Feliz came in to save the game in the ninth, his second save of the Series.

Game 6

October 27, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Texas 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 9 15 2
St. Louis 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 1 10 13 3
WP: Jake Westbrook (1–0)   LP: Mark Lowe (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: Adrián Beltré (2), Nelson Cruz (2), Josh Hamilton (1)
STL: Lance Berkman (1), Allen Craig (2), David Freese (1)

Game 6, moved from October 26 to 27 because the stadium was not domed, was a rematch of Game 2's starters: Cardinals lefty Jaime García and Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Texas jumped on top immediately, with Josh Hamilton driving in Ian Kinsler in the top of the first. The Cardinals responded quickly with a two-run Lance Berkman home run in the bottom half. Kinsler tied the game in the top of the second with a ground-rule double, scoring Craig Gentry. García was pulled after only three innings (and 59 pitches) and replaced with Fernando Salas. Leading off the top of the fourth, Matt Holliday misplayed a Nelson Cruz pop fly, putting Cruz at second. Mike Napoli singled him home to once again give Texas the lead.

The Cardinals jumped right back in the game, taking advantage of a Michael Young error and scoring on a Yadier Molina groundout to knot the game at three. David Freese started off the top of the fifth by dropping a routine pop fly (the third consecutive half-inning to begin with an error), which immediately turned into the go-ahead run for Texas on Young's double. Colby Lewis was cruising for the Rangers until the bottom of the sixth. After an Albert Pujols strikeout, Berkman singled to third. Matt Holliday grounded into a possible double play which was mishandled at first by Michael Young (his second error of the game), leaving all runners safe. Lewis walked the bases loaded and was pulled for Alexi Ogando, who promptly walked Yadier Molina to force in a run. With the Cardinals in a prime position to rally ahead, Matt Holliday, standing 90 feet (27 m) away as the possible go-ahead run, was picked off at third by catcher Mike Napoli. Holliday injured his finger sliding in on the play and was forced to leave the game. The Rangers were able to slip out of the inning with the score still tied.

Lance Lynn came on to pitch for the Cardinals in the top of the seventh and was promptly greeted with back-to-back home runs by Adrián Beltré and Nelson Cruz to put Texas up by two. Ian Kinsler added his second RBI later in the inning to make the score 7–4 Rangers. In the bottom of the eighth, Allen Craig (who entered the game as Holliday's replacement) hit a home run to pull the Cardinals within two. Rangers closer Neftalí Feliz entered in the bottom of the ninth to deliver the Rangers their first ever World Series Championship. After striking out Ryan Theriot, Feliz faced Albert Pujols. Facing possibly his last at-bat as a Cardinal, Pujols hit Feliz's first pitch into left field for a double. Feliz walked Lance Berkman to put the tying run on first, but got Craig to take a called third strike. The Rangers were one out away from a championship as David Freese stepped to the plate. Down in the count 1–2 and down to the last strike, Freese hit Feliz's pitch past a leaping Nelson Cruz off the wall for a triple, tying the game at seven in dramatic fashion.

Sent into extra innings, Jason Motte went out for his second inning of work. Elvis Andrus singled, then the Rangers' MVP candidate Josh Hamilton put Texas up again with a towering two-run home run. Down 9–7, and out of bench players, the Cardinals once again faced only three outs until elimination. Left-hander Darren Oliver came in to pitch for the Rangers. St. Louis players Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay hit back-to-back singles, and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse was called to bunt. Lohse's sacrifice bunt put the tying run in scoring position. With right-handers coming up, right-hander Scott Feldman replaced Oliver on the mound. Ryan Theriot grounded out, scoring Descalso, and following an intentional walk to Pujols, Berkman stepped up to the plate. Feldman got ahead on the count 1–2. Berkman worked the count to 2–2, and again the Rangers were one strike away from their first championship. Berkman took Scott Feldman's next pitch into center field for a single, scoring Jon Jay and tying the game once again. It was the first time in World Series history that a team came back from two different two-run deficits in the ninth inning or later in the same game. The Rangers failed to score in the top of the 11th, bringing David Freese to lead off the bottom of the inning. Freese hit Mark Lowe's 3–2 pitch into the grass of the center field batter's eye for a game-winning home run, forcing the World Series to a Game 7 for the first time since 2002.

Of the last 13 instances in which a Major League team won a Game 6 at home to force a Game 7 in the postseason, all but two went on to win Game 7. The exceptions were the New York Mets in the 2006 NLCS against, coincidentally, the Cardinals; and the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.[28]

Freese's walk-off home run was the fourth that won[29] in a Game 6 in World Series history.[30][31]

The Cardinals set two World Series milestones in their Game 6 win—the first team to come back from deficits in both the 9th and 10th innings, and the first team to score in the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th innings.[32] On Mike and Mike in the Morning the next day, ESPN senior baseball analyst Buster Olney called it the greatest game in the history of baseball.[33]

Game 6 was originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, but was postponed due to heavy rain in the forecast. Although rain was only falling fairly lightly in St. Louis when this decision was made, MLB officials did not want a repeat of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, which was suspended after the top of the sixth inning and resumed two days later.[21]

David Freese and Lance Berkman became the third and fourth players[34] in World Series history to get game-tying hits with their team one out from elimination.[35]

Freese, who grew up a Cardinal fan in the suburbs of St. Louis, said that as he was circling the bases after his home run, he was thinking about a similar walk-off homer by Jim Edmonds for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2004 National League Championship Series. After Freese said he remembered that home run, Lance Berkman, who played for the losing Houston Astros in that series, said "So do I."[36]

Game 7

Our view of the stadium
Crowds fill the stadium and parking lots during Game 7
CardsChamps2
Busch Stadium scoreboard after Game 7.
World Series 2011 Cardinals Victory Pile
Cardinals players celebrate after winning their franchise's 11th World Series title.
October 28, 2011 7:05 pm (CDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
St. Louis 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 6 7 1
WP: Chris Carpenter (2–0)   LP: Matt Harrison (0–2)
Home runs:
TEX: None
STL: Allen Craig (3)

Before Game 7, the Cardinals replaced Matt Holliday, who sprained his wrist in Game 6, on their roster with Adron Chambers.[37]

Josh Hamilton and Michael Young had RBI doubles in the first inning against Chris Carpenter, who became the first pitcher in a decade[38] to make three starts in one Series. David Freese had a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the first, breaking the post-season RBI record, and Allen Craig hit a go-ahead homer in the third. Craig even robbed a home run from Nelson Cruz in the sixth. St. Louis added two runs off Scott Feldman in the fifth inning without getting a hit. Yadier Molina walked with the bases loaded, C. J. Wilson came on to relieve Feldman and promptly hit Rafael Furcal with his first pitch, forcing in another run to make it 5–2.[39] In the seventh inning, Lance Berkman scored on a Molina single to make it 6–2.[40]

Chris Carpenter was relieved after pitching six innings and was credited with the win. The Cardinals used four relievers to hold Texas scoreless over the final three innings. The final out was recorded when Jason Motte got David Murphy to fly out to Cardinal left fielder Allen Craig as Busch Stadium went into a frenzy.[41][42]

David Freese became the sixth player in history to earn League Championship Series and World Series MVP awards in the same postseason.[43]

The Rangers set a Series record by issuing 41 walks, breaking the previous record held by the Florida Marlins when winning the 1997 World Series after issuing 40.

The Cardinals became the first wild card team to win the World Series since the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series (coincidentally, against the Cardinals).

Composite box

2011 World Series (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over Texas Rangers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 5 2 1 7 5 6 4 2 3 2 1 38 56 6
Texas Rangers 4 1 1 4 6 4 4 2 2 2 0 30 60 8
Total attendance: 342,878   Average attendance: 48,983
Winning player's share: $323,169.98   Losing player's share: $251,515.76[44]

Broadcasting

Television

The series was televised in the United States and Canada by Fox. Joe Buck called play-by-play on his 14th World Series for the network, dating back to 1996, while color analyst Tim McCarver handled his 22nd World Series since 1985. Ken Rosenthal served as field reporter for the games, while Chris Rose hosted the pregame and postgame coverage with analysts A. J. Pierzynski and Eric Karros.[45]

Joe Buck's call of "...we will see you tomorrow night!" on David Freese's walk-off home run echoed his father Jack's call from Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, occurring 20 years and a day apart from each other, given the similar situations: Game 6, first batter of the final inning, and breaking a 3-3 tie to win the game 4-3, and extend the series to a 7th game.

MLB International syndicated television coverage of the Series (with Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe announcing) to viewers outside of North America.[46]

Ratings

The ratings started off poorly, averaging just 8.4 through its first 5 games (at this time, the record for lowest World Series rating was 8.4, set by five games of the 2008 World Series and five games of the 2010 World Series). Game 3 also produced a 6.6 rating, making it the second lowest World Series rated game of all-time (behind the 6.1 rating in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series and Game 3 of the 2012 World Series).[47]

However, Games 6 and 7 generated massive ratings that brought the overall average to 9.9. The 14.7 rating for Game 7 was at the time the network's highest for a World Series telecast since Game 4 of the 2004 World Series.[48]

Game Ratings
(households)
Share
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1 8.7 14 14.2
2 8.9 14 14.3
3 6.6 12 11.2
4 9.2 14 15.2
5 8.8 14 14.3
6 12.7 21 21.1
7 14.7 25 25.4

Radio

ESPN Radio also broadcast the games nationally. This was the first World Series for play-by play announcer Dan Shulman and analysts Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine.[49] ESPN Deportes Radio aired the Series for Spanish language listeners, with Ernesto Jerez and Guillermo Celis announcing.

Locally, the two teams' flagship stations broadcast the Series with their respective announcing crews. The Rangers' broadcasts aired on KESN-FM (with Eric Nadel and Steve Busby announcing),[50] while the Cardinals' broadcasts aired on KMOX (with Mike Shannon and John Rooney announcing).[51] Due to contractual obligations, the non-flagship stations on the teams' radio networks carried the ESPN Radio broadcasts of the games, although the local broadcasts were available on XM Satellite Radio and to Gameday Audio subscribers at MLB.com.

In the United Kingdom, Simon Brotherton and Josh Chetwynd called the games for BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.[52]

Aftermath

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La Russa during the World Series parade.

The 2011 World Series was only the second World Series ever in which a team, one strike away from elimination, came back to win—with the Cardinals, in fact, achieving this feat twice in Game 6. The first was the 1986 World Series, in which the New York Mets rallied from a 5–3 deficit in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 to win the game and, later, the decisive Game 7.[53][54]

This was the third and final World Series title for Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who announced his retirement on October 31, 2011, after 33 seasons as a major league manager.[55] La Russa had previously led the Cardinals (2006) and Oakland Athletics (1989) to World Series championships. Former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny, who played for the 2004 Cardinals that lost the World Series, was hired to replace him.

After the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI during the offseason, some news organizations, among them The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, compared the Cardinals to the Giants, invoking Al Michaels's call of the Giants winning the Super Bowl: "The New York Giants, given the last rites by many in December, are the Super Bowl Champs in February."[56]

The Rangers became the first team to lose in the World Series in consecutive years since the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992 and the first American League team to do so since the New York Yankees in 1963 and 1964.

Albert Pujols and C. J. Wilson would later end up signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the offseason, in one of the deepest free-agent classes in recent MLB history, while the Rangers obtained the rights to sign Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish to replace Wilson. In his first press conference as a Ranger, Darvish was asked about Game 6 of the World Series where David Freese hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th, and said "If it was last year [2011], I would have given up a home run and lost the game. This year [2012] I won't let that happen."[57]

Both teams would advance again into the postseason in the following year, both as wild cards. The Rangers lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the inaugural American League Wild Card game, and would not make the postseason again until 2015. The Cardinals won the inaugural National League Wild Card game against Atlanta before displaying more comeback magic in defeating the Washington Nationals in the NLDS in five games. After having a 3–1 series lead against the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, the Cardinals fell one game short of a return trip to the World Series in losing each of the final three games to end the season.

St. Louis would return to the World Series in 2013, continuing the pattern of Giants and Cardinals exchanging pennant victories. However, the Cardinals lost to the Boston Red Sox in six games despite leading 2–1.

La Russa would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.[58]

This was the last time where St. Louis won the championship until the St. Louis Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.

Quotes from the Series

All quotes are from Joe Buck unless otherwise noted.

Freese hits deep in the air to center, we will see you tomorrow night!

— calling David Freese's walk-off home run to force the Cardinals to Game 7 in Game 6

Freese, in the air to center, has he done it?! WAY BACK! HELLO GAME 7!! GOODBYE HOME RUN!! And an unbelievable win for the St. Louis Cardinals!

— Gary Thorne's call on David Freese's walk-off home run to force the Cardinals to Game 7 in Game 6

3-2! A swing and a high fly ball, center field! IT IS GONE!!!

— Dan Shulman's call on David Freese's walk-off home run to force the Cardinals to Game 7 in Game 6

In the air in a left-well hit, back is Craig- what a team! What a ride! The Cardinals are world champs, in 2011!

— calling the final out in Game 7

See also

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The 2010–11 World Series of Poker Circuit was the 7th annual World Series of Poker Circuit.

Starting with the 2011 WSOP Circuit, the Circuit National Championship was held as a closed event for participants of various circuit events. The first Circuit National Championship was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The winner of this event received a World Series of Poker bracelet—the first ever to be awarded in an event other than the main Las Vegas World Series of Poker or the World Series of Poker Europe.

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2011 American League Championship Series

The 2011 American League Championship Series (abbreviated ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the winners of the 2011 American League Division Series, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, against each other for the American League championship and the right to be the league's representative in the 2011 World Series. The series was the 42nd in league history.

Although the 2010 American League Championship series began on October 15, the 2011 series began on October 8 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. Fox televised all games in the United States. Games 1, 2, and 6 were played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, while the other games were played at Comerica Park in Detroit.

This was the first postseason meeting between the Rangers and the Tigers. The Tigers appeared in the ALCS (and the postseason overall) for the first time since 2006, while the Rangers were playing in their second consecutive appearance.

The Rangers would go on to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. This is as of the 2018 season their final victory in a postseason series to date.

2011 National League Championship Series

The 2011 National League Championship Series (abbreviated NLCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the winners of the 2011 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, against each other for the National League championship and the right to be the league's representative in the 2011 World Series. The series was the 42nd in league history.

The series began on October 9 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. TBS televised all games in the United States with Game 1 starting at 4:05pm EDT. Games 1, 2 and 6 were played at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while the other games were played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. By coincidence, Brian Anderson, who usually called Brewers games on Fox Sports Wisconsin during the regular season, did the play-by-play for the NLCS on TBS, along with Ron Darling and John Smoltz. Anderson filled in for regular TBS lead baseball announcer Ernie Johnson, who was tending to a son in the hospital.This was the Brewers' first-ever appearance in the NLCS, having moved to the National League in 1998. As an American League team, the Brewers made the ALCS in their pennant season of 1982, defeating the California Angels, 3–2. Thus, the Brewers became the first franchise to play in the LCS as a member of each league. The Cardinals, meanwhile, appeared in the NLCS for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. This was a rematch of the 1982 World Series (a.k.a. the "Suds Series", with both cities associated with the brewing industry with Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company, Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and Pabst Brewing Company and St. Louis, whose Anheuser-Busch company is namesake of the Cardinals' ballpark), which the Cardinals won, 4–3.

The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in seven games in the World Series.

2011 World Series by Renault

The 2011 World Series by Renault was the seventh season of Renault Sport's series of events, with four different championships racing under one banner. Consisting of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the Eurocup Mégane Trophy and Eurocup Clio, the World Series by Renault ran at seven different venues, where fans could get into the meetings for no cost whatsoever, such is the uniqueness of the series.

The series began on 16 April at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón in Alcañiz, and finished on 9 October at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside Barcelona. Rounds at Brno, Magny-Cours and Hockenheim were dropped. While Nürburgring and Circuit Paul Ricard were included in series' schedule, while Formula Renault 3.5 had two extra races on its own, in support of the Monaco Grand Prix and FIA WTCC Race of Italy. The Eurocup Clio – replaced Eurocup F4 1.6 in World Series by Renault programme.

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Ben Lamb

Benjamin "Ben" Lamb (born March 31, 1985) is an American professional poker player. Lamb was the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. He was also a member of the 2011 November Nine, finishing in third place in the no limit hold'em championship event. Lamb has one World Series of Poker bracelet and five career World Series of Poker (WSOP) final tables, three in variations of Pot Limit Omaha, one in no limit hold'em and one in the 8-game mix format. He was the winner of the 2011 Card Player Player of the Year Award.

David Freese

David Richard Freese (born April 28, 1983) is an American professional baseball corner infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a key player during the 2011 postseason, batting .545 with 12 hits in the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS). He also set an MLB postseason record of 21 runs batted in (RBIs), earning the NLCS MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. In addition, Freese won the Babe Ruth Award, naming him the MVP of the 2011 MLB postseason. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

A star high school player, Freese declined a college baseball scholarship from the University of Missouri. Needing a break from baseball, he sat out his freshman year of college before feeling a renewed urge to play the game. He transferred to St. Louis Community College–Meramec, a junior college, where he played for one season before transferring to the University of South Alabama. The San Diego Padres selected Freese in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft.

The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2009 due to an injury to starting third baseman Troy Glaus. Despite suffering his own injuries in the minor leagues and in his first two MLB seasons, Freese batted .297 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship over the Texas Rangers. The next season, he batted .293 with 20 home runs and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game. Freese authored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited his effectiveness, and the Cardinals traded him to the Angels following the season. He played for the Angels for two seasons before signing with the Pirates in March 2016.

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John Mozeliak

John Mozeliak (born January 18, 1969) is the current President of Baseball Operations of the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cardinals hired Mozeliak as the twelfth General Manager in franchise history after the 2007 season after serving and training as Walt Jocketty's assistant, despite lacking a professional baseball playing background.

The winner of three Executive of the Year awards, Mozeliak has overseen the Cardinals make six playoff appearances, win one World Series title, and two National League pennants. Each season from 2008–16, they finished with a winning record. The Cardinals' minor league farm system has received numerous accolades following the volume of prospects that have succeeded at the major league level, including Baseball America bestowing the franchise with the Organization of the Year Award in 2011 and 2013. Mozeliak is signed through the 2020 season.

Rafael Furcal

Rafael Antoni Furcal (born October 24, 1977) is a Dominican former professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. With St. Louis, he won the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers.

Sam Stein

Samuel "Sam" Stein (born January 11, 1988) is an American professional poker player from Los Angeles who lives in Henderson, Nevada. He won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2011 World Series of Poker where he made two final tables and three in the money finishes. In both the 2010 and 2011 World Series of Poker, he finished in the money in two $10,000 Championship events, with one of them being the Pot Limit Texas hold 'em championship event each year. Of his nine World Series of Poker (WSOP) cashes, his last five are in pot limit events.Stein has several second-place finishes in big tournaments. One of the more memorable ones was when Jason Mercier rivered him twice in a row at the April 13, 2010 35-player $25,000 NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout during a four-hour heads up final. His largest live game prize was a $1 million payout for a 4th-place finish in the 1560-player 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 main event.He was listed as one of the best bets to win his first WSOP bracelet in 2010. He finished in the money three times, but did not win (get a bracelet) until 2011. The closest was a 10th-place finish in the 268-player 2010 $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 38 where he earned a prize of $44,010.Stein is known for his online poker ID of KingKobeMVP. He has several large field wins in online play including January 19, 2011 Absolute Poker $1000+50 NL Hold'em against a field of 230 players for a prize of $47,725; November 24, 2009 PokerStars The Super Tuesday [$250,000 guaranteed] $1000+50 NL Hold'em against a field of 317 players for a prize of $64,827; and his highest online payout in the March 29, 2009 PokerStars Sunday 500 [$500,000 guaranteed] $500+30 NL Hold'em against a field of 986 players for a prize of $91,250.

Shawn Buchanan

Shawn Buchanan is a Canadian poker player from Vancouver, British Columbia who won the World Poker Tour Mandalay Bay Poker Championship in 2007, earning $768,775.As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed 4,450,000. Of his 27 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the money finishes, eight came in the 2010 WSOP and nine came in either the 2011 WSOP or the 2011 WSOP Europe. He was among the leaders in the 2011 World Series of Poker Player of the Year point standings.

Texas Rangers (baseball)

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.

The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s). After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington, and debuted as the Rangers the following spring.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Club has made eight appearances in the MLB postseason, seven following division championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016 and as a wild card team in 2012. In 2010, the Rangers advanced past the Division Series for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays. Texas then brought home their first American League pennant after beating the New York Yankees in six games. In the 2010 World Series, the franchise's first, the Rangers fell to the San Francisco Giants in five games. They repeated as American League champions the following year, then lost the 2011 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

In 2018, the Rangers partnered with the KBO League's LG Twins, in business and baseball operations.In 2020, the Rangers will move from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field.

Tony La Russa

Anthony La Russa, Jr. (; born October 4, 1944) is the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox and a former American professional baseball player. He's currently vice president and special assistant to Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox. His MLB career has spanned from 1963 to the present. In 33 years as a manager, La Russa guided his teams to three World Series titles, six league championships and twelve division titles. His 2,728 wins is third most for a major league manager, trailing only the totals of Connie Mack and John McGraw.

As a player, La Russa made his major league debut in 1963 and spent parts of five major league seasons with the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. After a shoulder injury during the 1964–65 off-season, he played much of the remainder of his career in the minor leagues until retiring in 1977. Following his playing career, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University.

La Russa was named manager of the White Sox in the middle of the 1979 season and guided the White Sox to an American League West division title four seasons later. Despite being fired in the middle of the 1986 season, the Athletics hired him less than three weeks later, and La Russa led the A's to three consecutive American League championships from 1988 to 1990 and the 1989 World Series title. He left Oakland following the 1995 season to manage the Cardinals, and led the team to three National League championships and the 2006 and 2011 World Series titles. La Russa retired after winning the 2011 title and 33 seasons as a major league manager. Three months later, he accepted a position assisting fellow former manager Joe Torre, the executive vice president for MLB operations. In 2014, he became the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On December 9, 2013, he was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee. The induction ceremony was held at Cooperstown, New York, on July 27, 2014. On August 16, 2014, he was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.

Tristan Wade

Tristan Wade is an American professional poker player from Boynton Beach, Florida. He won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe. In addition to a bracelet, 2011 saw Wade earn his first 3 World Series of Poker (WSOP) final tables, with two at the summer 2011 World Series of Poker before his fall bracelet in Europe. He's known for limping the button then calling off 30bb shoves with 22 like a bum. Wade is also an instructor at Deepstacks University. Wade is an alumnus of University of Central Florida where he earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology. WSOP.com lists him as a resident of Boynton Beach, Florida, while Hendon mob claims he is from Orlando, Florida. Wade made his first trip to Europe at the age of 26 in 2011 because of Black Friday, which had limited his options for play in the United States.

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