Re: Congratulations to the Cardinals...
I agree whoelheartedly. The Reds encountered some difficulty, flailed around for a few weeks, and gave up. Coasted into the end of the season like a car out of gas and trying to stretch it out to roll into the garage so they don't have to get out to push.
From BCast to Jocketty to Dusty to the team on the field. I just got the feeling that they played out the string from late August on.
And the Cards proved that you *can* come back. It's harder than heck, odds are you won't make it, but don't ever ever ever give up.
As much as I despise LaRussa, he hardly ever lets his give up in a game. He is absolutely killer ruthless in this regard.
I remember a game from earlier this year where the Reds had a big lead on the Cardinals in the late innings and LaRussa made all of his moves to get back in it. I can't recall the specifics, but he was within one batter/pitcher of throwing in the towel and I remember feeling shocked and thinking "holy crap, Abner LaRussa is actually going to give up". But something worked and then the Reds blew the lead and the game.
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