World Series 2011: How the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals Collided

Zak SchmollAnalyst IOctober 29, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out to third base in the third inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As the baseball season draws to its inevitable close later tonight or perhaps tomorrow morning for those of us on the East Coast, I have to think about how remarkable this World Series turned out to be.

The St. Louis Cardinals were one Atlanta Braves victory away from not even being in the playoffs. Then, as the vast underdogs against the Philadelphia Phillies, they were able to win the series in five games by winning that pivotal final game in front of a hostile Philadelphia crowd.

They then proceeded to knock off the Milwaukee Brewers who beat them by six games in the NL Central during the regular season in six games.

The wild-card team isn't supposed to go this deep, but congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals so far. They have won several championships before, and I'm sure that they would like to add one more banner.

The Texas Rangers ended up with the second-best record in the American League this season. They rolled over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Detroit Tigers by unleashing their powerful lineup to elevate them to the ultimate stage.

They have not won a World Series in franchise history, but they are currently having the best stretch in franchise history with back-to-back World Series appearances. Maybe this year will finally be the year that they get to fly that first banner.

The game is drawing to a close right now with the St. Louis Cardinals ahead. Only time will tell if this result is able to hold on.