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Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:22 am
Edited on: October 29, 2011 3:19 am
 
By Matt Snyder

ST. LOUIS -- Did you know who David Freese was back at the start of the season? If so, you are likely a Cardinals fan, die-hard baseball fan or fantasy baseball player. Of the surely 25 million-plus people who watched Game 7 of the World Series, I'm guessing a majority of them hadn't heard of Mr. Freese back in April. But everyone knows him now. He's the World Series MVP just as he was the NLCS MVP.

Even to Freese himself, this improbable run for his team with him becoming a national star doesn't even seem real.

"I'm trying to soak this all in," he said after the game. "I've tried to soak in this whole postseason as much as I can because you never know if it's your last attempt at a title. You know, it's going to take me a little bit, I think, to realize what we've accomplished."

What Freese's team accomplished has been well documented. It's a great story, but Cardinals fans themselves have to be sick of hearing about being 10 1/2 games out in late August. So let's zero in on Freese. He went 25-for-63 (.397) with eight doubles, a triple, five home runs and 21 RBI in the Cardinals' 18 postseason games. He had an OPS near 1.300. Those are video game stats he was putting up in front of millions. He's a rock star now.

Heading into the postseason, it was the "big three" of Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman to avoid. Well, when that happened, the opposing teams were made to pay by a modest 28-year-old third baseman. But he just wants to let you know that he shouldn't be getting too much individual glory.

"I've had plenty of days of my life where I thought I wouldn't be even close to being a Big Leaguer," he said. "I'm here because of everybody around me. They've put so much trust in me to accomplish not only baseball but just stuff in life, and to do this is -- I'm just full of joy, finally."

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As well he should be. Freese's team is one of the most improbable champions of all-time. Freese was the walk-off hero of a Game 6 that will go down in history as one of the most exciting games of all-time. The entire World Series, meanwhile, was one of the most exciting in recent memory. On top of all that, Freese is also etched in history by winning both an LCS and World Series MVP. He joins Willie Stargell (1979), Darrell Porter (1982), Orel Hershisher (1988), Livan Hernandez (1997) and Cole Hamels (2008) as the only men to ever win both awards in the same postseason.

Just don't tell the humble Freese he earned the award on his own.

"I've got some guys behind me, and obviously a few guys ahead of me in the lineup that I just sit and watch and I learn and I soak up everything they do, from Spring Training on. I'm with Matt Holliday every day in the offseason. He took me under his wing a couple years ago when things weren't too hot, and he's a big brother to me. I owe him everything."

Well, not everything. In fact, it's the other way around. If Freese doesn't come through time and again, the Cardinals don't win the World Series. He most certainly fits the bill of the most valuable player, even if he doesn't want to acknowledge it.

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Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

Bull19,

You are a Philly fan. That explains everything.



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

   Well, I'm a die hard Rangers fan. and needless to say I just died hard. But that aside I must tip my hat to David Freese. The guy was a monster all postseason and while I still think Nelson Cruz should have caught his 9th inning triple he certainty hit it well and deserved the MVP. Congrats to the Cards the earned the 2011 World Series title 100%. Hopefully Texas will pick themselves up and get it done next year.
  
    Go Rangers!



Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

Next year, he'll remember he is David Freese and probably spend time in the minors.  He fell over the same 4-leaf clover Cody Ross did last year.  Glad that watching other people accomplish something while you sit on your couch, not living, just getting fat, made you 'pumped'.  And that is directed to all these fans who refer to themselves as 'we' when they talk about  ateam they follow.  What are you, an assistant GM or something.  Idiots.



Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:30 am
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

Freese made such a massive impression on me this year, I am proud to say my team has a rising star the likes of him on the roster. I was so pumped after last night I could barely sleep, what an amazing game and serie. Freese deserves all the praise he's getting and more. I can hardly wait for next season. WAY TO GO CARDS! 


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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:04 am
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Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:06 am
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

Congratulations to the Cardinals and to Freese for taking the MVP. I didn't watch the World Series as much (plainly because the Yankees were out, I'm not going to lie), but both teams were deserving to be there. I guess the Cardinals just wanted it more.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:50 am
 

Humble, formerly unknown Freese takes MVP

This is why sports are so damn beautiful, the unknown guy stepping up and getting it done. Look at any title run by any team in any sport and you have these guys. A good reason why sports will never die, it is unscripted and unpredicatable.

Congrats to the Cardinals and there fans, when is this guy a free agent? He must have  a few years to go anyways, not bad for a guy making 400 grand a year.  


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