The Astros almost went to the World Series tonight. 3-1 in the playoff finals, game 5 at home in Minute Maid Park, the Astros up 4-2 in the top of the ninth inning with the Cardinals up to bat – the crowd is going wild, 2 outs and two men on base, and then, Pujols is up with Lidge on the pitcher’s mound — I held my breath. When the camera went in for a close-up, I felt a rush of panic when I saw the look in Pujols eye – focused, confident, determined. In the blink of an eye, at the crack of the bat, he stole the World Series away from the Houston Astros by hitting a homerun and putting the Cardinals up by one. The stadium fell dead silent. Fans were shocked and in disbelief, the World Series no longer in their clutches. Not able to do anything but strike out in the bottom of the ninth, the Astros will be playing Game 6 in St. Louis later this week.
October 17, 2005