ONE LAST STRIKE

Inside Sport - - Know More - BY TONY LA RUSSA, WITH RICK HUMMEL ®¯°±¯² – JS

Why do we fol­low sport, in this cyn­i­cal, mod­ern age of su­per-rich teams who pre­dictably lead from start to fin­ish on their way to another in­evitable ti­tle? Be­cause we all know, deep down, things don’t al­ways go to script; the tini­est chance of the un­pre­dictable play­ing out is what keeps most of us hooked. And so it was seven sea­sons ago, when the St Louis Car­di­nals, near­ing the end of an or­di­nary Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son, dared to dream, de­spite the fact they were still ten wins be­hind the likely post-sea­son qual­i­fy­ing teams with only 30 matches left to play.

In One Last Strike, one of base­ball’s all-time great man­agers, Tony La Russa, takes the reader be­hind the cur­tain a year af­ter one of sport’s most amaz­ing fight­backs. How thrilling did it all get, and why was a book pro­duced about this par­tic­u­lar fairy-tale fin­ish? Well, spoiler alert: the Cards left it till the last game of the reg­u­lar sea­son to se­cure their play-off spot. Some­how they ended up go­ing all the way to the World Se­ries, which they won ... af­ter be­ing down to their last strike ... twice. Some­times the story writes it­self.

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