World Series Do or Die: Same-Day Game 7 Follows Epic Game 6

Rob ShaefferContributor IIOctober 28, 2011

Game 6 hero David Freese will look to continue his magical postseason run tonight in Game 7
Game 6 hero David Freese will look to continue his magical postseason run tonight in Game 7Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Game 7 has a lot to live up to.

At times it was ugly. At times confusing. At times mind-boggling.

But most importantly in the end, Thursday night’s World Series Game 6 was thrilling.

Absolutely thrilling.

“How did this happen?” asked Tim McCarver at the game’s conclusion.

I don’t know how it happened or why it happened or at times, what exactly happened. All I know is it happened, and the World Series is headed to a decisive Game 7 for the first time since 2002.

Twice the Cardinals were down to a single strike with their season on the line. Twice the Cards tied the Rangers to extend the series and extend their season.

In the end, it was oft-injured local kid David Freese who provided the conclusion to a long and winding game 6.

Freese crushed a ball to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning for a solo home run and a 10-9 St. Louis victory.

The game featured five errors as well as several questionable managerial moves, but more importantly, the game featured countless edge-of-your seat moments.

Several players took their turn playing hero. In the 7th it was Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Then Josh Hamilton. Then Lance Berkman. And then, finally, in the bottom of the 11th inning, it was David Freese again.

How does Texas bounce back? Neftali Feliz, one of the game’s great closers, couldn’t finish the Cards off. Neither could 41-year-old journeyman Darren Oliver. A pair of two-run leads couldn’t stand up and now the Rangers must put Game 6 behind them—and quickly.

The drama will end tonight. Game 7 will begin the same day Game 6 ended.

After a wild first five games and an even wilder sixth, anything is possible and all bets are off. This is it. Do or die. Winner take all. The stakes could not be higher.

Amid the uncertainty of Game 7, one thing is for sure Friday night. There will be a pile.

It could be the Rangers celebrating their first World Series championship, or it could be the Cardinals rejoicing over their 11th at home in front of their fans.

After a spectacular roller coaster of a ride in Game 6, Game 7 has a lot to live up to.