During Jeff Murphy’s dozen seasons with St. Louis (2001 to 2011), the Cardinals averaged 91 wins, reached the playoffs eight times and won two World Series. Murphy talked about some of his favorite memories:
Game 6 in 2011 was one of the best World Series games ever played. I was so fortunate to be part of that. David Freese tying it with a two-run triple in the ninth, coming back to tie it with two (runs) in the 10th after the Rangers scored two, then winning it on Freese’s homer in the 11th was something you’ll never forget, an unbelievable feeling.
When we won it all in 2006 we were a wild-card team, but the best team probably was 2004. We won 105 games but were swept by Boston. Both were examples of a team getting hot at the right time.
It was a ton of fun to go into New York in 2006 and win Game 7 (of the NLCS) in a hostile environment the year we beat the Tigers in the World Series. That was the year Adam Wainwright was our closer because Izzy, Jason Isringhausen, was hurt.
We were close in 2001 (in a division series). We tied it (in Game 4) in the eighth (on J.D. Drew’s home run). The Diamondbacks won it in the bottom of the ninth and they went on to win the World Series.
It’s such a blessing to have been part of six teams that made it to the NLCS. We lost to the Mets my first year (2000). Two years later we lost to the Giants (in 2002) and we also lost (to the Astros) in 2005.