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God must be rooting for the Cardinals

I don’t have broadcast television, and I don’t care about the Texas Rangers or the St. Louis Cardinals, so I haven’t been following this world series. But I did tune in to ESPN radio last night to listen to the last half of the ninth inning, and be there, so to speak, when the baseball team from my old city won the World Series. Thought that would be nice to hear.

Well, well, well.  [1]

 It’s inconceivable that a team would be down to its final strike twice in game 6 of the World Series and come back to win. It’s inconceivable that a team could come back from two-run deficits twice, in the ninth and 10th innings of game 6 of the World Series, and win. As with much of baseball, that stuff just doesn’t happen. Until it does.

What are the odds? Game Seven tonight.

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11 Comments To "God must be rooting for the Cardinals"

#1 Comment By Naturalmom On October 28, 2011 @ 11:38 am

I’m not a big follower of baseball either, but my kids are fans. They picked the Cardinals as their favorite early on. (Probably because the Rangers beat our home-state Tigers. “The enemy of my enemy…”) Anyway, we’ve been watching most of the games because the kids want to. And last night I thanked them! What an amazing, exciting game! I was really happy to have seen it, even though I don’t really have a dog in the fight. (Sure was fun to be rooting for the Cardinals though. 🙂 ) We will be cheering on St. Louis tonight, but we won’t be heartbroken if Texas wraps it up, since they’ve never won the World Series before. For us, it’s just a fun game. For true fans, it must be an incredible roller coaster! Phew!

#2 Comment By Ryan D On October 28, 2011 @ 11:42 am

Great game! I don’t really care which team wins, but I love to watch playoff baseball. If the Rangers fail to win tonight, the loss will be just as catastrophic as Game 6 in 1986 was for the Red Sox. I never thought I’d see something comparable.

I don’t have cable or an HDTV yet, so I use my Mac when I want to watch live broadcasts. There’s a device called the EyeTV Hybrid, a USB stick that you can attach a small antenna to. The HD video looks great on the computer. I think it costs around $150 – not cheap but comes in handy for these situations.

#3 Comment By Bingo Little On October 28, 2011 @ 11:45 am

Oh, I thought this was going to be something about the Vatican…

#4 Comment By meh On October 28, 2011 @ 11:50 am

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#5 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On October 28, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

Well, who would have thought from the season records of the Brewers and Cardinals that they would win against Milwaukee? Even though they did, I join God in rooting for the Cardinals. God has good taste.

#6 Comment By Brett R. On October 28, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

God loves the Cardinals? More like Tony LaRussa sold his soul to Satan for this success..
(I’m a diehard, brokenhearted Milwaukee Brewers fan who’s sickened, just sickened by this team’s improbable survival throughout the playoffs.)

#7 Comment By sal magundi On October 28, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

as many will know the CUA teams are the “Cardinals.”
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#8 Comment By Neil On October 28, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

Vizzini: “INCONCEIVABLE!”
Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

#9 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On October 28, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

Re: Even though they did, I join God in rooting for the Cardinals. God has good taste.

I’m more rooting against Texas than for St. Louis, but I share your sentiment.

#10 Comment By Jay On October 28, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

What are the odds?

As it turns out, baseball statistical analysts can actually [4]

To summarize, at their worst point in the 9th inning the Cards had about a 4.1% chance to win the game (which is to say, they would win about once in 25 games.) At their worst point in the 10th, they had a 7.7% chance to win the game. Note that this doesn’t mean they had a chance to win the game the way they did, because there are many other ways they could have scored that didn’t happen to occur. Anyhow, assuming independence (that is, nothing in the 10th inning had anything to do with what happened in the 9th, which might be wrong but is the best assumption to make), they had about a 0.3% chance to win the game (the product of 4.1% and 7.7%), or, to put it another way, this would happen about once every 317 games.

Which is unlikely, but not miraculous when you consider that there have been more than 317 consequential baseball games. (At least, consequential in the baseball scheme of things as opposed to consequential in real life.) Things like this are bound to come up sooner or later.

It was exciting, though. Just because things like this are bound to occur doesn’t make them fun to watch. In fact, if these things never happened (which is to say, the team in the lead always ended up winning) sports would be really boring.

There is a point to this, though, which is we have a propensity to assign providence to events which, in the long run, are actually quite likely to occur at some point.

#11 Comment By AnglicanPeggy On October 28, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

Most gut wrenching loss I have ever witnessed from a home town team of mine.

I may never get over the trauma…

But there are nine more innings in this thing. A win would go a long way to help me forget!