It’s that time of year again. Tonight will be the first game of this year’s World Series. This World Series features a couple of storied franchises in Boston and St. Louis. Two teams with plenty of difference makers, potential heroes waiting for their opportunity to join a long line of ordinary players who managed to do something extraordinary in a World Series. Some of you may know that I am a die-hard Cardinals fan although I am not always the fan that never loses hope. I will never forget the 2011 World Series….The Cardinals were down 3-2 in the series and had their backs to the wall as they entered the bottom of the ninth down 7-5. This is when I, a lifelong Cardinals fan, decided that the game was over, gave up and sadly went to sleep. After I went to sleep, Rangers’ closer Neftali Feliz came to the mound with hopes of shutting the door on St. Louis. However, he ran into trouble though, giving up a one-out double to Albert Pujols and a walk to Lance Berkman. Then, with two outs and the Series on the line, youngster David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple to send it into extra innings. With the game still tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off the inning with game-winning home run for his second Series-saving hit of the day. St. Louis would go on to win Game 7 and the championship.
This taught me a very good lesson in sports and in life. Never Give Up! Often when you feel like you want to give up and you are about to give up you are so close to making a huge break-thru. You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.
P.S. Go Cardinals!!!!!!!