Baseball’s Top Ten News Items in 2011

2011 World Champions St Louis Cardinals

The media’s full of articles and videos of the most newsworthy items about baseball this past year.   You might think this would be those articles you and I found the most interesting and representative of baseball throughout the country, but not necessarily so.

I compiled a list from a survey today of the “top 10” from USA Today, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.

Here’s the results and below that I’ve listed my own personal “Top Ten”.  How does your list compare?

TOP TEN FROM SURVEY

  1. St. Louis Cardinals, World Series Champions
  2. Justin Verlander,  AL Cy Young and MVP Winner
  3. Game 162 collapse of the Red Sox and Braves.
  4. Game 6 World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers
  5. Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit
  6. Ryan Braun’s Drug Test
  7. Jim Thome’s 600th Home Run
  8. Shannon Stone Fatal Fall at Rangers Stadium
  9. Mariano Rivera all time saves leader
  10. Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium

GARLIC FRIES TOP TEN SURVEY

  1. St Louis Cardinals, World Series Champions
  2. Justin Verlander, AL Cy Young and MVP Winner
  3. Ryan Braun, NL MVP
  4. Game 5 NLDS Cardinals and Phillies
  5. Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium
  6. Buster Posey and Scott Cousins collision
  7. MLB takeover of Dodger operations
  8. Shannon Stone fatality at Ranger Stadium
  9. Mariano Rivera All Time Saves leader
  10. Tony LaRussa retires

Derek Jeter’s No. 3000 hit was the only honorable mention on my list besides the Moneyball movie.   Geez, I really loved that movie!

"Happy New Year Everyone"

My personal favorite  in 2011 has to be the NLDS Game 5 with Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay  the starting pitchers.   I don’t know anyone who honestly thought the St. Louis Cardinals would/could beat the Philadelphia Phillies in that series.  It was truly the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat and the most memorable game of the season.  At least that’s how I remember it.

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