What more do fans of the Phillies, Pirates, Yankees and Mets need to remind them that the 2011 season didn’t go their way?
But what a season it was! The Pirates were winning for most of the first half of the year, while two hours away in Cleveland the Indians were leading the American League Central, and the Tigers eventually won that division.
The Brewers got back to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, and the Diamondbacks smoked the National League West. The Red Sox dominated for so long, then fell apart.
The Rangers rolled through the season and the American League playoffs to get another crack at the title. And the Cubs still sucked.
But the best story of all was the Cardinals, coming from way back to sneak into the playoffs as the AL Central Wild Card and ultimately win the World Series in seven games.
The series got better ratings than in previous years, helped by wild and crazy Game 6, which is already a big chapter in more than a century of Major League Baseball lore.
Baseball’s detractors will coldly point out that the playoffs’ and series’ ratings pale in comparison to the ratings the National Football League games get, and there’s no arguing the point.
The NFL has our wallets.
But baseball has our hearts.