"This is a night to celebrate the year in St. Louis sports. We had a defending champion baseball team that lost its all-time-winningest manager, its legendary pitching coach, its superstar to the West Coast … his replacement at first base – a really good one – injured, the ace of the staff out six months. Down the stretch, the starting shortstop gone, the squirrel, he got sick – he was nowhere to be found. Yet somehow, as this team’s rookie manager, Mike Matheny would tell you and he told us last week: they made it to within one game of the World Series without getting to play their best baseball all year. And that’s because they’re a team of fighters."
- Tom Ackerman, Jack Buck Sports Awards