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From the ballpark

By MARC TOPKIN
Published October 28, 2006


The good ...

David Eckstein is one of the smallest players on the field, but he again came up big, knocking in the Cardinals' first two runs earning the Series MVP award.

The bad ...

Tigers starter Justin Verlander had enough trouble throwing strikes in the first inning. But it was his wild fourth-inning throw past third base that led to two huge St. Louis runs.

Key moment

The last one. With the tying run on first, Adam Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge for the win.

On second thought

Tigers manager Jim Leyland can explain it all he wants, but he lost the World Series with Kenny Rogers and his 23-inning scoreless streak on the bench.

Stat of the day

10 World Series championships for the Cardinals, second most all time.

He said it

"It's just because there are more cameras and they catch you."

- Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, on appearing to be more emotional during games

Did you know ...

St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein on Thursday became the eighth player to have at least three doubles in a World Series game:

Name No. Year Team

Frank Isbell 4 1906 Chicago (AL)

Max Carey 3 1925 Pittsburgh

Hank Greenberg 3 1945 Detroit

Alvin Dark 3 1951 New York (NL)

Jim Gilliam 3 1953 Brooklyn

Bret Boone 3 1999 Atlanta

Trot Nixon 3 2004 Boston

David Eckstein 3 2006 St. Louis

Outside the lines

- Wednesday's postponement caused disruption to travel plans. The Tigers were able to stay the extra night in their downtown St. Louis hotel, though they did have to pay penalties to keep about 100 rooms, general manager Dave Dombrowski said. But to keep the Tigers, the Adam's Mark Hotel had to bump about 300 people who were coming in for a college media convention to the suburbs.

- There is a small tent village set up outside Busch Stadium between two bars well-known to ballpark fans - Paddy O's and Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon - that are trying to get business with drinks named after Cardinals. That includes Pujols Punch (Southern Comfort, grenadine, pineapple and orange juice) and the Molina Bomber (Tuaca citrus liqueur and Red Bull).

- The Cold Stone Creamery folks could have had better timing. They have had workers outside Busch Stadium handing out free samples, including a beer-flavored sorbet.

- A Detroit-area woman named Crystal Bush might have been rooting harder for a Game 6 than anyone else. According to the Detroit News, she agreed as part of a radio station promotion to allow her classic 1971 VW Beetle to be filled with thousands of pounds of concrete in exchange for two choice tickets to the game.