October 9th isn’t a major holiday. It’s not a day people wait for all year. For most people, October 9th is just another day on the calendar. That’s usually how epic days in sports happen. In St. Louis, October 9th, 2013 was an epic day in St. Louis sports history.
Cardinals destroy the Pirates in decisive Game 5.
The Cardinals were able to go 7-1 in elimination games since 2011 after destroying the Pirates 6-1. Adam Wainwright shut the door early on the Pirates and they were never able to get going. David Freese continues his postseason success as he went deep in the bottom of the second inning to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Matt Adams showed the baseball world what Cardinals fans already knew. That kid can hit the long ball. Adam Wainwright threw a complete game becoming the 5th Cardinals pitcher to throw a complete game in a winner takes all postseason game.
Blues beat the Blackhawks in final minute.
A few blocks west at 14th and Clark, the St. Louis Blues were playing the Chicago Blackhawks in a nationally televised matchup. The Blues were the first team to get on the board with a bullet off of Vladamir Tarasenko’s stick to go up 1-0. The Blackhawks didn’t take long to answer. 6 seconds into their first powerplay of the night, Patrick Kane scored low on the stick side to tie the game at 1. The Blues would answer in the second period with a David Backes tip in goal to put the Blues up 2-1. Again, the Blackhawks would answer only 39 seconds later when Jonathan Toews scored14 seconds into their powerplay to tie it up at 2 a piece.
Then things got strange in a good way. In the final minute, the Blackhawks were driving into the Blues zone but a turnover created a fast break opportunity for the Blues and they didn’t miss. Alex Steen ripped a shot passed Corey Crawford to take the lead with 21 seconds to go in the game. The Blues hang on for a 3-2 victory to start the season 3-0-0.
What a crazy, fun night to be a St. Louis sports fan.