"What's the matter with Napoli?" I remember thinking.
He's rolling around on the ground for no reason whatso...
Then they showed the replay.
DID YOU SEE HOW FAR HIS ANKLE BENT?
Oh my GOD!
I fell off the couch making dog noises.
Just get a freaking stretcher and have a surgeon re-attach his foot.
But then he... stood back up.
Mike Napoli is made of stuff I have no experience with whatsoever.
Conversely, there's St. Louis' future Alfonso Soriano, Matt Holliday.
Here's what it says at St. Louis SB Nation:
"The St. Louis Cardinals will be without Matt Holliday for the rest of Game 6 of the World Series, after their star outfielder injured his little finger in the course of getting picked off at third base in a crucial bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning. The Cardinals outfielder has had an incredibly rough game, making a critical error that led to an early run and looking uncomfortable at the plate; his only solid play in the game was a brilliant takeout slide of Ian Kinsler that led to the Cardinals' third run."
Are you kidding me?
What a gamer Matt turned out to be.
But seriously, the above is a buncha nothin', because this was just one of those games that make you love the game of baseball, and I hope you were watching.
You experienced every single emotion you can have even if you're not emotionally attached to a single person on the field.
You saw every kind of play imaginable.
Errors and slop, brilliance and heroics, clutch hits and coming back from the dead.
And the Cardinals make it go the full seven, winning 10-9 in 11.
Didn't you think Josh Hamilton won it with his 10th inning 2-run dinger?
What a great story - guy playing with some sick injury we'll all know more about later.
Freaking Berkman ties it up in the bottom.
And this hometown kid David Freese from St. Louis - he turns out to be The Man with his walk-off homer to center in the bottom of the 11th.
Oh, and that was after he hit the game-tying triple in the bottom of the 9th on what I thought was the last strike of the season for the Cards.
BTW - Mike Napoli went 2 for 3 with an RBI and walked 3 times.