David Freese Corvette
October 30, 2011 by staff
David Freese Corvette, David Freese was already having an amazing postseason. There was only one way he could be better: Being named World Series MVP.
Less than 24 hours after his late entry heroics helped the Cardinals win an epic match 6, Freese drove in two runs in the first inning Friday night’s winner-takes-all clash St. Louis Cardinals came to a series-clinching 6-2.
For the St. Louis area native, the idea of ??being at this stage in his hometown, was almost too good to be true – especially after a series of injuries have limited him to 167 games over the past two seasons.
“I had a whole day of my life when I thought I would not even close to being a major player,” he said. “I’m here because everyone around me … I am full of joy, at last.”
The Cardinals have never reached a Game 7, Freese unheroic last night. Until the end of the season hit, two-run triple for the Rangers about Neftali Feliz Freese took the card, even in the bottom of the ninth. Then he hit the game-winning home run in the last of the 11.
“You know, I did not sleep much (after Game 6) because I was so focused on this match,” he said. “He lies down on the adrenaline this time of year.”
Freese magic touch had not gone when he came to the plate Friday night against Rangers starter Matt Harrison in the first inning. Final 2-0, Freese tied things up with a two-run double and helped set the stage for the celebration to come.
“Man has been incredible for us all playoffs,” said Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn. “When they scored two in the first and we replied back with that, that was great for our confidence the rest of the game and we kept going from there.”
The two RBIs in Freese gave a record 21 in the playoffs, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Sandy Alomar (1997), Scott Spiezio (2002) and David Ortiz (2004).
“I think he showed everyone on the biggest stage what kind of hitter he is,” said Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. “To go through some tough injuries and some of the difficult things in life, to have this great series is amazing man.”
Acquired in a trade with San Diego 2007 for outfielder Jim Edmonds, Freese has always been known as a solid hitter. The last two seasons, finished with a .296 average and .297. But staying healthy has been a problem. After hitting .375 in April, missed almost all of May and June this year with a broken left hand, then lost time with a concussion when he was beaten in the head by a pitch from Clay Hensley Florida.
Still, cards hitting coach Mark McGwire knew there was something special at third base for 28 years of age. “Everyone goes through ups and downs.” McGwire said. “He got back in the middle of the season and it was really hard to get into the swing of things (immediately) … When he returned and began to pick up in September, it was like everybody started to click.”
Freese postseason heroics made him only the sixth player in postseason history to win MVP honors in both the World Series Championship Series League.
Against the Rangers, batted .348 (8-to-23) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBIs. Those numbers and his batting (.474 with runners in scoring position in the playoffs) earned him a trophy, a new Corvette and a reputation as someone who can get the rest of his teammates up when needed.
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