World Series 2011: Was Game 6 the Greatest Game in Fall Classic History?

Alex RostowskyContributor IOctober 28, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27:  David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates at home plate after hitting a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 10-9.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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If I had a dollar for every time I said "are you kidding me?" during this game, I'd be in good position to retire. 

This game had everything you could have possibly asked for, unless of course you're a fan of the Texas Rangers.

Two comebacks. Two times the Rangers were one strike away from winning their first title. Three times the Cardinals came through in the clutch; two of those from hometown hero David Freese, including the walk-off that sealed the deal. 

Game 6 signifies everything the Cardinals are under Tony La Russa. He may have been the goat after Game 5, but if his team's performance showed us anything tonight, it's that they will not give up—even when the odds are overwhelmingly on the Rangers' side. 

Frankly, the World Series hasn't been this exciting since there was a Game 7 in 2002, where the Angels won after doing just the same thing the Cardinals did in Game 6—coming from behind. When you think about single games, none are nearly as exciting in recent World Series history.

There have been walk-offs before, but never after two comebacks in consecutive innings. Never ever. Odds are, you'll never see it again. 

You hear all over national sports radio that football is the new king in America. Though this may be true, baseball is still our pastime and there is no greater drama than baseball in October. 

The Cardinals and Rangers, two unlikely sources, are bringing the ratings back to the World Series. Many predicted the playoffs would be a bore after teams like the Phillies and Yankees were eliminated. They have been anything but. 

St. Louis has played this way all year long. They take the field every day knowing they have nothing to lose. Texas has been resilient during the course of the season, staving off surges from the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West and fighting off a pesky Detroit Tigers club. Both of these qualities will be put to the ultimate test come Game 7. 

For the baseball enthusiast, this series has been gold. Sure, sometimes play has been sloppy, but we have never lost interest. After St. Louis lost control in Games 2 and 5, and the Rangers during Game 6, almost anything is possible. All of this hoopla has even already made me forget that Albert Pujols hit three home runs in a single game this series. 

As everyone knows, the best drama is unscripted. Finally, the World Series is proving this to be true once again. Game 7 will draw some of the biggest ratings for the Fall Classic in years.

If the decider is anything like Game 6, I could be speculating whether this 2011 Fall Classic is the best World Series ever. In the words of the great Bart Scott, "can't wait!"