Yeah, we’re living in the past right now and we know it. Leave us alone. It’s all we have at the moment…Having got that out of the way, we figured it was a good day to look back at the classic Cardinals comeback over the Nationals on Oct. 12, 2012 in Game 5 of the NLDS.
If you were watching that night, you had your spirits mashed early as Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper hit taters off Adam Wainwright to contribute to a 6-0 lead before the third inning. With Gio Gonzalez pitching for Washington, Cards fans everywhere were dejected, figuring any shot at back-to-back World Series Championships had been dashed.
Some (like this writer) may have even switched the game off at that point only to realize a bit later the Cards had climbed back to a 6-3 deficit via a fourth-inning Matt Holliday homer and Gonzalez’ wild pitch and general loss of command in the fifth.
Fast forward to the ninth and it’s 7-5 Washington before the following video happened:
Watching the above video, one’s reminded big-named hitters like Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran contributed mightily to that season’s playoff run, aided by big-time input from role players like Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso. It’s also noteworthy Jason Motte was a more than capable closer at the time and closed this particular game out for the Birds to fly to the NLCS, only to be beaten by the Giants.
A look at past good times is good for the soul, but it also sometimes reminds you what you’re currently missing. Cardinals brass seems well aware of this, so here’s hoping we’re not confined to reminiscing this time next year.
Stay tuned to 101ESPN and 101Sports.com for plenty of Cardinals offseason coverage and analysis, and in the meantime, GO BLUES!!!