Just call the St. Louis Cardinals the Manchester United of Major League Baseball.
In case you missed it, the Cardinals capped off one of the most amazing comebacks in baseball playoff history Friday night, erasing a six-run deficit against the Washington Nationals to earn a 9-7 victory in Game 5 and win their National League Division series.
The turning point came in the top half of the ninth inning when the Cardinals received a tying two-out, two-run single from Daniel Descalso and a go-ahead two-run single from Pete Kozma.
It was the largest comeback ever in a winner-take-all post-season game, according to STATS LLC.
The Cardinals’ amazing comeback also reminded us of Manchester United’s improbable victory over Bayern Munich in the final of the 1999 UEFA Champions League.
You’ll recall that the Germans took the lead in the sixth minute through Mario Basler, and then proceeded to outclass and utterly dominate the English for the duration of regulation time.
But then in injury time, United struck with two goals in quick succession through substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sending the English fans inside Barcelona’s Camp Nou into a state of euphoria.
United won the game 2-1, leading Alex Ferguson to utter those now famous words: “Football; bloody hell.”