Two facts to remember if you're rooting for the Tigers:
- In the last two World Series meetings between the Tigers and the Cardinals, the winner of Game 4 has lost the series. Don't know if that means anything, and I'd surely be discounting that as meaningless if the Tigers had stayed on top last night, but there you have it.
- St. Louis had a 3-1 lead in 1968, too, before the Tigers came back to win it. According to Metronews: "The decisive hit came that time when flood, a Gold Glove center fielder, slipped on Jim Northrup's two-out, two-run triple off Cardinals ace Bob Gibson to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning of game 7..." Creepy stuff, this baseball, sometimes.
But the bottom line is, there are still games to be played. I personally find the idea of a Cardinals victory singularly unappetizing after watching Detroit rise from the darkness out there this year--only a WS win will be fittingly redemptive for the Tigers, but as we've seen, the Cards will probably be right back in it next year.
Meanwhile, happy anniversary, Red Sox fans. For me, it has been strange indeed to be watching more World Series games at the Cards' new field, which at least looks enough like the old one to trigger deja-vu. Anyway, if I put on the WS tonight, it'll only be after a commemorative re-viewing of Faith Rewarded.