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“Freese, a native of St. Louis County, recalled sitting in a California Burger King in December 2007 when "I got the greatest phone call of my life, that I had been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals." Manager Tony La Russa led the parade atop a beer wagon pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales, followed by a truck carrying owner Bill DeWitt Jr. clinging to the World Series trophy. The parade ended inside Busch Stadium, where a sold-out crowd watched the celebration. In fact, the ballpark rally sold out in 90 minutes after the Cardinals won the clincher. "This 11th Cardinals world championship will always be remembered as one of baseball's greatest achievements," DeWitt said, noting the Cardinals had to win four elimination games this postseason. La Russa, too, paid respect to his team for never surrendering, even when 10½ games out wild-card contention on Aug. 25, or when they faced three postseason opponents with superior records -- Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Texas. "What these guys did so many times facing elimination, it's a lesson for all of us," La Russa said. "They never quit." The celebration was the culmination of a four-day party in St. Louis that began with the stunning win in Game 6, when the Cardinals rallied five times and in two straight innings were within a strike from elimination before Freese won the game 10-9 with a leadoff homer in the 11th.
Hey, why not?” -- Albert Pujols, on returning to the Cardinals next year
|Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter waves to fans during Sunday's World Series victory celebration and parade in St. Louis.|