If you watched game 6 of the World Series last night, it was one of the wildest World Series games I’ve ever seen and it reminded me of America and where we are today. For those that didn’t watch the game, allow me a moment to recap it.
The Texas Rangers led the Series 3 games to 2 games. It was a do-or-die situation for the St. Louis Cardinals. Texas scored in the top of the first inning and the Cardinals scored 2 in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Rangers came right back in the top of the second inning to tie the game 2-2. The Rangers and Cardinals both scored one run in the fourth inning to make it 3-3. Texas took a 1 run lead in the fifth and St. Louis tied it back up in the sixth. Then the Rangers leapt ahead with a three run seventh inning to make the score 7-4. The Cardinals scored 1 run in the eighth to make it 7-5. Going into the bottom of the ninth inning trailing by 2 runs, many thought it was over for the Redbirds.
However, in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals had 2 men on base, 2 outs and hometown boy David Freese was batting. Freese had 2 strikes against him and the Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning their first World Series title. Freese hit a triple and drove in 2 runs, tying the game and keeping the Cardinals hopes alive. Right off the bat in the top of the tenth inning, the Rangers score 2 more runs making the score 9-7. In the bottom of the tenth the Cardinals had managed to score 1 run to make the score 9-8. With 2 outs and runners on base, Lance Berkman was at bat. Like David Freese in the ninth inning, Berkman found himself with 2 strikes and once again the Rangers were 1 strike away from the Series win. Berkman hit a single and drove in the tying run and once again the Cardinals refused to give up and found themselves still alive. In the bottom of the eleventh, home grown David Freese hit a solo homerun to win the game and send the Series to game 7 to be played tonight.
So how did the game remind me of America? First of all both teams committed a number of stupid errors that could have easily cost them the game. Fly balls that were easy outs were dropped, along with several throwing errors allowed runners to be safe and later score. Considering it was a championship game, it was pretty sloppily played at times.
The past few years, both the Republicans and Democrats have made a number of stupid errors, some of which have been very costly to the American people and the nation’s economy. The Democrats have over thrown the bases with their stimulus plans and the Republicans have dropped the ball by not being more aggressive and standing their ground against the Democrats, such as on the debt crisis debacle this past summer.
Twice last night the Cardinals were within 1 strike of being defeated and sent home, but they refused to give up and kept fighting for their cause to continue on. I can’t tell you how many people I hear say that it’s too late for America and that we have fallen too far down the slope to destruction. They say the socialists have too much control and that there is no hope for America. They have given up without really fighting back. But like the Cardinals, we’re not out of the game yet. We need to keep fighting like the Redbirds did.
Five weeks before the regular season ended, St. Louis was 10 ½ games behind the Atlanta Braves for the Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Most baseball fans, including many Cardinal fans believed there was no hope of them making the playoffs and that their season was virtually over. However, the Cardinal players didn’t believe that and they played hard winning 23 of their last 32 games of the season. At the same time, the Braves started losing more than they won. On the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals and Braves were tied for the Wild Card spot. The Cardinals won their game and had to wait to see what Atlanta did. The Atlanta game went into extra innings, but when it was all over, they lost, sending the Cardinals to the playoffs.
In the first round of the playoffs, St. Louis faced the number one team in all of baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies. In the best of 5 series, the Cardinals found themselves down 2 games to 1. In order to advance to the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals had to win the next two games. They won game 4 in St. Louis and had to travel back to Philly to play game 5. With everything on the line, each team sent their best pitcher to the mound. Chris Carpenter pitched one of the best games of his career and the Cards won 1-0 to move on.
In the NLCS St. Louis faced the Milwaukee Brewers and once again were considered to be the underdogs. It wasn’t an easy series, but the Cardinals managed to win the best of 7 series in 6 games, sending them to the World Series.
During the Revolutionary War, there were many times when the British troops appeared to have won the war against the revolutionary army of the colonists. However, the colonists, under the leadership of George Washington refused to give up and kept fighting, often against all odds. Eventually, Washington and his troops prevailed, the British surrendered and America gained its freedom.
Today we seem to be facing overwhelming odds, just like the St Louis Cardinals and George Washington. And like them, we can’t give up the fight to save America from certain destruction. As long as there is hope, even a few brave people can still make a difference. One of baseball’s hall fame players, Yogi Berra often told his teammates, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” And folks, it ain’t over for America yet.
So please take a lesson from America’s pastime (baseball), the St. Louis Cardinals and George Washington and don’t give up. If you are concerned about our nation and where it’s headed, then do something about it. Write or call your politicians in Washington and let them know how you feel. Become active in supporting the campaigns of local, state and federal politicians that you agree with and who can make a difference. Talk to those around you and get them active also. Each and every one of you could start a grassroots movement to make a difference and help keep the country from destruction.
I don’t know exactly what the outs or strike counts are for America, but I do know that the game isn’t over yet and we have not been eliminated. Let’s load the bases with sound conservative politicians who want to win America back and help them to keep swinging the bats of freedom. We can and must win for sake of our children and grandchildren.