2011 World Series

The extra sales tax generated by a long postseason of baseball helped St. Louis city end the fiscal year with a $4.3 million surplus, but officials say that sigh of relief is only temporary.

Revenue was up just about $4 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, driven by higher hotel and sales taxes from the World Series. Lower-than-expected spending made up the rest of the surplus.

It's always better to have more money than expected, says city budget director Paul Payne, but the growth may not be sustainable.

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Members of the St. Louis Cardinals were honored at the White House Tuesday for the team's World Series championship last year.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Chicago White Sox and Cubs fans respectively, both heaped praise on the Cardinals for their late-season comeback and their ability to beat the odds in the playoffs, defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series.  

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Though the victory parade was held months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals get to do one more victory lap in honor of their 2011 World Series win. This time, however, the party moves to our nation's capital.

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Your opportunity to get up close and personal with what is arguably the hottest piece of hardware in town is fast approaching.

The 2011 World Series trophy won by the St. Louis Cardinals will be on tour starting this Saturday, Jan. 7.

Here's the full schedule for you, with St. Louis-area locations in bold. All locations are U.S. Cellular stores:

St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Trophy Tour

Presented by U.S. Cellular.

Saturday, Jan. 7

6623 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130

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Squirrels are the sometimes adorable creatures that eat from your bird feeders, dig through your garden, and occasionally just can’t quite figure out how to successfully cross a road.

But the furry rodents were elevated to something approaching “hero” status in the 2011 Major League Baseball Playoffs – and that made it a very good year for a local charity.

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Joplin tornado top story in 2011

The May 22 tornado that killed 161 people and left much of Joplin in ruins was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press' top story in 2011 by editors across the state. That was followed by the intentional breach at Birds Point, which sent water rushing over southeast Missouri farmland in a bid to save the upstream Illinois town of Cairo. 

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A new filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows that lawmakers from across the state had good seats for the Cardinals' championship run, courtesy of corporate lobbyists.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that lobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games at Busch Stadium.

The report shows that those accepting free tickets included state senators and representatives, St. Louis aldermen and St. Louis County Council members.

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Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in downtown St. Louis on Sunday to celebrate their World Series champs at a Cardinal victory parade and rally.

Cloudy skies and the occasional drizzle didn’t discourage the fans, who thronged the parade route along Market Street.

They cheered and snapped pictures as the Budweiser Clydesdales went by, followed by Cardinals team members and marching bands from area high schools.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter. Freese was later named as the 2011 World Series Most Valuable Player.

The 2011 World Series followed the tradition of turning the water red at The Runner's fountain.
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In Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis Friday afternoon locals mixed with out-of-towners taking pictures of the red fountain.

Those on their lunch break, including Missi Wood and Kerry Anne, admitted they were a bit tired from the late night Game 6 World Series win over the Texas Rangers.

But Anne says she never doubted the Cardinals would pull it off.

“I was calm the whole game,” Anne said. “They were like, ‘last out’, and I was like, ‘we’re going to win.’”

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Cards win Game 6 at Busch

The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down to their final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an 11th inning homer by David Freese. That ended a four-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash of errors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinals refused to go away.

As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go to a Game 7 tonight. It's the first time since 2002 that the World Series will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseball history.

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Reporting from NPR's Tom Goldman was used in this story.

David Freese homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals forced the World Series to a Game 7 by rallying from two-run deficits against the Texas Rangers in the 9th and 10th innings on Thursday night.

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World Series Game 6 tonight at Busch after being postponed due to rain

Last night, Major League Baseball officials postponed Game 6 of the World Series because of the rainy forecast. The Texas Rangers and the Cardinals will play tonight at Busch Stadium starting at 7:05 CST.

Texas leads the Series 3-2. If Game 7 is necessary, it will be played tomorrow night at Busch.

E. coli outbreak in St. Louis County

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A rainy weather forecast means another day off for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

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Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium tonight

Jaime Garcia takes the mound tonight for the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium, and the Texas Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis. The two pitchers faced each other in Game 2, with the Rangers ultimately getting the victory.

The Rangers have a 3-2 lead in the series. If the Rangers win tonight's game it will be their first World Series title.

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Our own Maria Altman did a story for NPR's Morning Edition on the economic impact of the World Series on St. Louis. Here's the summary of her story as stated on NPR.org (below) and, of course, you can listen to her story here.

Summary:

The Texas Rangers are leading the World Series 3 games to 2 going into Game 6 Wednesday in St. Louis. The fact that the Cardinals will be playing at home is good for both the team and the town. The game will bring a welcome infusion of cash. As St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman reports, the unexpected sales tax revenues have already allowed the city to cancel expected furloughs for its employees.

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Cardinals lose Game 5 to Texas Rangers

The Ranger's Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski , and the team rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the Cardinals 4-2  last night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.

Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth. Darren Oliver got the win in relief of C.J. Wilson.

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Cardinals lose Game 4

Derek Holland gave the Texas Rangers’ bullpen a much-needed break last night while helping the Rangers even the World Series at two games apiece. Holland came within two outs of a two-hit shutout while striking out seven as the Rangers bounced back from Saturday's 16-7 loss to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0. He faced just two batters over the minimum and didn't allow a hit after Lance Berkman's leadoff single in the fifth. Holland struck out seven, walked two and was aided by a pair of double-play grounders.

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Cardinals lose Game 2 of World Series

The Texas Rangers rallied against the Cardinals’ bullpen last night to win Game 2 of the World Series 2-1 at Busch Stadium.  

Both starters Jaime Garcia and the Rangers’ Colby Lewis matched zeroes for the first six frames before Allen Craig’s pinch-single broke the ice. Cards closer Jason Motte was called on to protect the Cards’ 1-0 lead. He’s been hot, with five postseason saves, but was tagged with the loss in this one.

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Updated at 4:19 p.m. to reflect debate about need for furloughs.

The World Series has already given St. Louis one night of memorable plays, a visit from first lady Michelle Obama and a sea of red at Busch Stadium. But, it seems, the event has catalyzed a more monetary benefit for St. Louis city workers.

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Major League Baseball has dedicated game two of the World Series at Busch Stadium to community service. And tonight, the 2011 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will also be presented.

The award is named for the12-time All-Star and Baseball Hall of Famer and recognizes the active MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.

St. Louis Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Lou Brock received the award in 1975. Today he spoke with 68 middle school-age boys at Loyola Academy about Clemente’s legacy.

Game 1 of the World Series went to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The National League champions beat the American League's Texas Rangers 3-2:

For those who like to know about the key moments, here are two, courtesy of NPR's Tom Goldman's report for Morning Edition:

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First there was a bet from the mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay, with the mayor of Arlington, Texas, Robert Cluck.

Then there was one from U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo. with U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.

"I don't know how to pick this one," NPR's Tom Goldman conceded on Morning Edition today, says NPR's "The Two-Way." Check out this quick round-up, from a national perspective, regarding the biggest bout in baseball that starts tonight here in St. Louis.

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Updated at 1:46 p.m. to include Clay/Barton wager.

If you'll pardon the gastronomical puns, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jake Wagman tells us today about a tasty World Series side bet between St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Arlington, Texas Mayor Robert Cluck.

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Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.

The senators, including the No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and the health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.

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Updated 5:10 p.m. with second photo.

We don't really think much needs to be said beyond the captions for these photos. St. Louis is readying for a World Series to begin - starting with the field of play.

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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are scheduled to attend the World Series opener in St. Louis on Wednesday night to honor military veterans.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that it has dedicated Game 1 between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals to veterans and their families.

The first lady and Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will participate in a pregame ceremony at Busch Stadium as part of MLB's Welcome Back Veterans program and Obama's Joining Forces initiative.

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Cardinals win 18th pennant

The St. Louis Cardinals are the National League champions following an outstanding offensive display in Milwaukee last night.

David Freese belted one of the Cardinals' three home runs while going 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a 12-6 rout of the Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS. Freese smacked a three-run shot to put the Cardinals ahead 4-0 in the first inning. Rafael Furcal launched a solo blast in the second and Albert Pujols did the same in the third. Pujols and pinch-hitter Allen Craig each finished with two RBIs.

The long legal battle over the release of files from a St. Louis police investigation into officers who misused 2006 World Series tickets they seized from a scalper has gotten a little longer.