Pretty interesting comparison, but I will certainly go with Game 6 without a doubt. What Warner and Bruce did was awesome, but the fact that I was rooting for the Rams still didn't feel right. I was stationed over in Germany at the time and it was around 0300 in the morning when that game ended, so the exuberance wasn't quite the same (too darn tired and sloppy drunk).
Even so, I place the Cardinals not only on top of my list of baseball teams, but all sports teams. Watching that disgusting, sloppy, and all out depressing play during Game 6 was too much. I live in Central Texas and was taking a ton of heat from all my Rangers buddies. Last strike. Crap. I am preparing to send a text to my mom (who was going to work up in Iowa that night and wouldn't be able to see the end of the game and wanted to know what happened) and tell her that I am happy the Rangers finally won after that terrible display against the Giants a year earlier. That fly off the bat of Freese seriously seemed to stay in the air for minutes! I was screaming for it to get down or over! When Nellie missed it and I saw it running away from him I damn near exploded with joy!!!
Except for an outburst of expletives directed at Freese, Pujols (pumping his fist behind Napoli), the Cardinals dugout, anything red, and especially me, it seemed like Texas grew pretty quiet when we tied it up. The breath was taken out of everyone around me. My celebrations had to be tempered (I did have to get out of that joint in one piece, after all). When Hambone hit that 2 run HR, and with the end of our order due up, the insults started again in earnest. Again, I was preparing to send that defeatist text to my mom (lifelong Cardinals fan who grew up with the great teams of the '60s) when Berkman came through! Twice, down to the last strike and they did it twice! Then the Freese HR and Joe Buck saying "We will see you tomorrow night!" My feet didn't touch the ground again until Texas put up a couple runs in a shaky first off Carp in Game 7!
Two great championship moments for St. Louis sports fans, but for me personally, Game 6 takes the cake! It will go down as my favorite, all time greatest, sports moment ever! Unless the 2013 Cardinals have something up their sleeve...
"It ain't braggin' if you can do it!" Dizzy Dean
Dunc and I had decided that Carp was going to start. But just to make sure, I called Dunc later that morning and said, "Let's discuss the alternatives." He said, "Carp's pitching." And he hung up on me. Tony LaRussa talking about the decision to go with Chris Carpenter before Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.