- 10 and 1/2 games back at end of August
- Given a 500:1 just to make the playoffs
- Down to their last strike in game 6 World Series but rally to win in extra innings
- David Freese, 3b, series MVP, game 6 HR hero, had quit baseball after high school, walking away from a Mizzou baseball scholarship.
- Manager Tony LaRussa coming back to the game after an undistinguished career as an infielder, and then earning a law degree, to achieve immortality as one of the best managers in the history of baseball.
Comeback upon comeback upon comeback, layer upon layer. An entire education in human endeavor in this one season of this one team. Hats off to the St. Louis Cardinals.