Albert Pujols logged the greatest single-game performance in World Series history. David Freese became hometown hero to generations of St. Louis Cardinals fans to come. Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers had the best Series in recent memory in a losing cause. Chris Carpenter proved his mettle as a leader and an ace with three gutty performances, despite the heaviest seasonal workload any pitcher has borne since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001.
The real story of the 2011 World Series, though, was management, or rather, gross mismanagement. At every turn, Tony La Russa of the Cardinals and Ron Washington of the Rangers forced their teams to overcome some of the worst in-game tactical decisions in years.
At times, they made Bob Brenly (who managed Johnson and Schilling in 2001 and until now held safely the title of worst World Series skipper) look like Earl Weaver. Here are their 25 worst gaffes, ranked by severity.