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David Freese named World Series MVP

Oct 29, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

Could it really be anyone else?

Completing an improbable title run for the Cardinals, hometown boy David Freese was just announced as the World Series MVP.

The 28-year-old third baseman batted .348 (8-for-22) during the series to go along with one home run, one triple, two doubles, seven RBI and five walks. After hitting the game-tying two-run triple and a walk-off solo home run in a thrilling Game 6 victory, Freese delivered a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the first inning tonight.

Though Freese was awarded for his contributions during the World Series, he was locked in all postseason long. In fact, he is the sixth player to win both the World Series and LCS MVPs, joining Willie Stargell (1979), Darrell Porter (1982), Orel Hershisher (1988), Livan Hernandez (1997) and Cole Hamels (2008). And as Matthew mentioned a little earlier, Freese now holds the all-time single postseason record with 21 RBI.

  1. baccards - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Congrts, David.. I don’t usually listen to post game talks, but your blatent joy of being a Cardinal was nice to listen to.

  2. fearlessleader - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    I’m thrilled for Freese, but I would like to offer an honorable mention to Lance Berkman, whose key hits, calm at-bats, smart play, and cool head kept the Cards in this series. He’s a class act and I couldn’t be happier that he’s coming back for another year.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:30 AM

      No doubt. Berkman was fantastic. I was making the case for him in the live chat.

      • fearlessleader - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:36 AM

        Excellent—sorry I missed it. The great thing, of course, is that we know Berkman couldn’t care less about winning a trophy for himself…..which is exactly why he would have been a deserving recipient.

        (We could also make a case for Allen Craig, who had some enormous RBIs and a great catch, and whose tortoise has quietly been the creature-conscience of Cardinal Nation even as the Rally Squirrel grabbed all the headlines.)

      • paperlions - Oct 29, 2011 at 12:54 AM

        Carpenter would also have been a good choice as well…pitched 19 innings with a 2.84 ERA, giving up only 2 ER in each of his starts against a great lineup, wound up pitching over 270 innings this year…more than anyone else in MLB

      • cur68 - Oct 29, 2011 at 1:51 AM

        Yeah, hats off to Fat Elvis. He was a stud. Freese, though, he made the difference with his bat, not so much with the D. He was clutch. Hell, he was the very definition of post season clutch.

        Once again, congratulations to Cards Nation. Great season. You were not to be denied.

      • Old Gator - Oct 29, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        Cur, sorry to change the subject on you, but your ideological commitment is about to be tested. It’s time to get pro-active, radical, loud and proud. Time to take back the streets…er…creeks. I saw this this morning, ensconced as I am here in Toronto for the weekend, and had to blink in wonder and horror:

        http://ca.news.yahoo.com/conservative-senator-bearish-canadas-official-beaver-emblem-220012247.html

        Don’t just sit there. Do something!

  3. Old Gator - Oct 29, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    David Craig has a tortoise? Didn’t know that. What kind? I have a bunch of ‘em – all rescued from roads or confiscated from idiots who didn’t know or care enough to take care of them. Just makes me happy for Team Tortoise.

    • fearlessleader - Oct 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      Allen Craig, and yes—his name is Torty, and he’s the sweetest and most literate tortoise on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/tortycraig

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