Originally Posted by Redmore123
In football you can potentially get "lucky" because you play one game for each round of the playoffs. In Golf you can get "lucky" on a single hole and get a good bounce. However, in baseball, to attribute the continued success of a team to "luck" is poor use of the English language and sad bitterness.
To continue to call the Cardinals team "lucky" is absurd and makes no sense. How can luck compel the Cardinals to 4 straight playoff series victories (and counting)? Luck would be an opposing pitcher suddenly getting swine flu the morning of his start, or fluke plays like Hamilton's drop this year or a pivotal ball being stuck in the ivy at Wrigley.
You can call the Cardinals "timely" or "opportunists" but I fail to see how this team is "lucky" more than any other team. It sucks seeing a team you dislike advancing, but this whole "luck" thing has been overboard for a while now.
Calling it anything BUT luck is asinine.
Take this year as an example. Following the regular wild card standards the Cardinals shouldn't even BE in the playoffs this year. They had a so-so regular season, and were 6 games overall behind the Braves. Of course, the year they expand the 2nd wildcard spot, is the same year that the Cardinals finish with a record good enough for second place.
They have alot of "momentum" in terms of elimination games. They also have experience, and the known how to keep there cool and composure. I mean, for gods sake my man, how can you NOT call it luck when a career .236 minor league batter scores the go ahead runs in the bottom of the 9th against the Nats.
Or look at Daniel Descaloes tying hit. Just a few mores inches to the left and it would been a play that Desmond could've either turned for two, or prevented the tying run from scoring.
They are a talented team, no one is denying the fact.
But personally, I attribute there achievements to this;
1. Having Veterans that can lead the way during tough times (like a Game 5)
2. There hitting coach Mr. McGuire (there plate approach is just brilliant imo)
3. Just pure confidence, and believing that there never out till there out.
4. And, yes, LUCK.