You’ve got to be kidding me.
Game 6 was like Baltimore vs. Jonathan Papelbon twice. The Rangers found themselves one strike away from winning the franchise’s first World Series ever TWO TIMES, and both times gave up some runs instead. You’d think after getting a second chance they’d be able to do it, but the Cards just could not let it go. I have to hand it to them, even though I was yelling in total disbelief for most of the last three innings.
Also in “WTF”, the Winnipeg Jets beat the Philadelphia Flyers earlier yesterday in another insane display of screw-uppery. The Jets led 5-1 and then 6-2 — until they imploded, with the Flyers tying the game at 6. Then everybody just kept scoring, and Winnipeg’s game-winner came with a whopping 1:20 left in the third. Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was quoted as saying he was terrible and had no confidence in himself; I’m sure Ondrej Pavelec is only feeling marginally better about life.
Per that article, it was the first time the Flyers have given up 9 goals at home since 1993, when they played … the Winnipeg Jets.
What happened last night?!
Tonight: awesome and terrifying Game 7, manager vs. manager. Nobody’s going to have any bullpen left and Tony La Russa is probably going to try to argue that Mark McGwire can totally pinch-hit for somebody late in the game. Grab some popcorn on the way home.