Cardinals 4, Tigers 2


Cardinals win series 4-1
Quote of the Night, during the top of the ninth: “Damn, stranding a runner on third is like being with a chick who isn’t easy. It takes a lot of work just to get there, and in the end, you still don’t get paid off.” — My cello playing housemate
My streak is over and I realized last night that it’s an eerier streak than I thought. The brief history is as follows: I’m born in Minnesota in 1981 and six years later, the Minnesota Twins win their first World Series title since 1924 (when they were the Washington Senators*) against the St. Louis Cardinals. I move to Boston in 2000 and four years later, the Red Sox win their first World Series title since 1918 against the St. Louis Cardinals. I move to Michigan in 2005 and a year later (my power seems to grow stronger as I age and the time gets shorter), the Tigers have their first winning season since 1993 and go to the World Series for the first time since 1984 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
But note that I didn’t say that they won the World Series, for here my streak seems to end. In a postseason where the general consensus prediction among the pundits has been wrong at every level of the post-season, the Series proved to be no exception has the Tigers managed to win only one game and failed to bring it back to Detroit. At least this means I can go to the Halloween party tonight without worrying about the score of the game the whole time.
Also, the last time the Cardinals won the World Series was 1982, the first World Series I am alive for. Coincidence? Almost certainly.
* — The 1924 Senators’ star pitcher was none other than The Big Train, Walter Johnson. I recently found out that my friend Sara is his great-grand niece (the granddaughter of his nephew) and I briefly met his nephew at their family’s tailgate after the Michigan-Iowa game last week.


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