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Friday, October 22, 2004
Rolen lifts Cardinals into World Series.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The rollicking sea of red certainly helped.

More than the hometown hootin' and hollerin', what really sent the St. Louis Cardinals charging into the World Series were the booming bats of MVP Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen.

Desperate for a big hit against Roger Clemens, they delivered. Pujols lined a tying double, Rolen followed with a home run and the Cardinals suddenly erupted to startle the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night in Game 7 of the NL championship series.

Hoosier Daddy! "So it was Jasper, Indiana native Scott Rolen -- who grew up a Cardinals fan, who longed for moments like tonight -- who came through in the clutch, pounded a first-pitch fastball over the wall in left, and sent the Cardinals on their way to their first NL pennant in seventeen years. No analysis tonight, just celebration. Let's thank this cast of heroes." (Redbird Nation)

MLB Playoffs 2004: Series Page: St. Louis vs. Boston. (

Rivals in Exile: The Comeback. Red Sox fan Ben Jacobs and Yankees fan Larry Mahnken discuss the ALCS. (The Hardball Times)

Chat: Gary Huckabay.
Andy (Raleigh): Martinez, Lowe, Varitek, and Cabrera are all free agents. What is the max the Red Sox should pay for each of them?

Gary Huckabay: I've mentioned this on Boston radio and been slagged for it, but I'd let the lot of the Red Sox free agents just walk. Varitek's on the bubble, but he's a 33 year old, 235 pound catcher, and I don't want to pay for what could be a precipitous decline. As for Pedro, I think every perpetual league fantasy owner who has him is trying to move him, and Theo et al. are smarter than those guys. For some reason, I can see him as a Met. On Cabrera, I'd rather pay a bit more for Edgar Renteria if I could arrange that. Then again, I'm irrationally low on Cabrera.
(Baseball Prospectus)

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