St. Louis Cardinals: 125 tournament, regional semi-finals

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ST. LOUIS - APRIL 13: Fredbird, the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals, tries to get the fans into the game on April 13, 2006 at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cardinals 4-3 in 11 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - APRIL 13: Fredbird, the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals, tries to get the fans into the game on April 13, 2006 at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cardinals 4-3 in 11 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals are a massive piece of baseball lore. 2017 marks the 125th year of the Cardinals existence and contain a treasure trove of great moments.

125 years of St. Louis Cardinals baseball is a wonderful thing. To celebrate, Redbird Rants is thrilled to join our brothers and sisters through the United Cardinals Bloggers and specifically with Cards Conclave (C70 At The Bat specifically) to bring you a special, multi-site tournament recognizing the top 125 greatest Cardinals moments.

For more on this tournament, jump over to my earlier article here.

Today, we at Redbird Rants are continuing the tournament on our site and have made it to the regional semi-finals! I must admit that I am very excited about reaching this point in the tournament. Having said that, however, I am a little surprised by some of our match-ups.

Let’s start there then. Of surprise to me is the fact that Lance Berkman has survived to this point in the tournament. Yes, his single extended game six of the 2011 World Series- the infamous game that was saved by David Freese‘s walk-off, “see you tomorrow night” home run- but I’m still shocked that he defeated those he did.

If you weren’t keeping score at home, Berkman defeated Rick Ankiel in round one and Mark McGwire‘s 70th homer in round two.

Berkman’s competition in the semi-finals is none other than the perennial ace of the St. Louis Cardinals, Adam Wainwright and his shut-down close of the 2006 World Series against Brad Inge. In other words, this portion of the regionals have two World Series moments going head-to-head.

Which will prevail? You decide by voting on our Twitter account.

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The second head-to-head in this round of our tournament hosted here at Redbird Rants has two other St. Louis Cardinals greats looking each other directly in the eyes. Albert Pujols will undoubtedly be marked as one of- if not the only- the greatest first basemen to ever play for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Likewise, Ozzie Smith will certainly hold the greatest short stop title for his years with the St. Louis Cardinals. In this round of the tournament, these two historic greats will see each other on the battlefield.

Going head-to-head is Ozzie’s forever-famous “Go crazy folks” home run in the 1985 NLCS and Albert’s 3-home run performance in the 2011 World Series. Again, two major St. Louis Cardinals postseason moments are facing-off in the regional semi-finals.

Which will prevail? You decide by voting on our Twitter account.

A quick recap: in our first slated competition, a 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World Series moment squares-off against a 2011 World Series moment. In our second slated competition, a 1985 NLCS moment competes against a 2011 World Series moment.

You need to help us decide by voting at our Twitter account.

Next: Bangers and mash

All are great St. Louis Cardinals moments, but which of these four should progress to the regional finals next week? You decide.

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