It worked out perfectly -- game five at home on a Friday, and they won the series in front of the home crowd. No one expected them to get beyond the Padres, much less win it all.
I'm really pleased for the Cardinal fans. What a great baseball city -- the Redbirds draw 3 million a year, no matter what kind of team they're fielding. No much fair weather in that fan base. How many times has there been a player that lands with the Cards, endears himself to the fans, and then forswears a higher amount of money in favor of staying there? It's the best baseball city there is.