St. Louis Cardinals’ television marathon


It’s Christmas Eve and there’s nothing else on TV, so why not settle in and watch some St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball?

Fox Sports Midwest has a St. Louis Cardinals’ marathon on today, as they do every year at this time. So, while you wait around for church or Uncle Bob to be famously late for dinner, tune in to watch some of the greatest games from this past year. Let’s take a look at what they will be showing today.

Currently there is Fox Sports Midwest’s Dec. 23rd “Cardinals Hot Stove” show will be on at 12:30 PM CST. However, the real stuff starts at 1:00 PM CST, as at that point they start showing games until 11:00 PM CST.

So, what games will be playing?

Game 1: July 8th Cardinals @ Cubs 1:00 PM CST

This is the game in which the Cardinals had stoked themselves to a four run lead by the fourth inning, only to have the Cubs storm back to take the lead 5-4 in the 6th inning. The Cardinals had lost two of the first three games of the series against the upstart Cubs, so the confidence going into the 9th wasn’t great. However, Jhonny Peralta came up big in the 9th inning, with a two run homer to give the Cardinals the lead and eventual win 6-5.

Game 2: July 23rd Cardinals vs. Royals 3:00 PM CST

In this game John Lackey gave up two runs in a tough first inning that saw him give up three hits and a walk. Lackey would settle in for seven strong innings, and Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk homered to power the Cardinals to an eventual 4-3 win against the eventual world champions. 

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Game 3: Sept. 1st Cardinals vs. Nationals 5:00 PM CST

This was one of my favorite games all year. The Cardinals faced off against the most disappointing team of the MLB season, and provided more heartbreak for the Nats. The Cardinals were down 4-0 after a four run third inning by the Nationals.

The Cardinals were then down just two going into the 8th inning, when they came back to tie it. Into the 9th inning the Cardinals kept the game tied, and Brandon Moss provided some fireworks as he walked off with a two run blast to give the Cardinals the win.

Game 4: Sept. 20th Cardinals @ Cubs 7:00 PM CST

This was another classic between the Cubs and Cardinals. Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham got things started in the first inning with home runs to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. After the Cardinals, extended the lead to 4-0, the Cubs got to Carlos Martinez for two runs, cutting it to 4-2.

The Cubs had a rally going in the the 8th that was thwarted by a double play turned by Jason Heyward and Yadier Molina, as Heyward retired Addison Russell and threw out Anthony Rizzo at home, unfortunately this was the play that ruined Molina’s season.

Game 5: Sept. 30th Cardinals @ Pirates 9:00 PM CST

This was the game in which the Cardinals recorded their 100th win of the season and clinched their third consecutive NL Central crown. Heyward was a key player in this one as the RF recorded a grand slam in the third inning to give the Cards a 6-0 lead over the 2nd place Pirates, and to ease the concerns of Cardinals’ fans all over.

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This was a great season, and it’s great to relive these great moments. Make sure you tune in, and watch some of these instant classics! Let’s hope 2016 is even better.