St. Louis Celebrates World Series Win In the shadow of the Arch, hometown fans applaud the Cardinals' first World Series title in 24 years. As Matt Sepic of member station KWMU reports, the Detroit Tigers fell in five games.
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St. Louis Celebrates World Series Win

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St. Louis Celebrates World Series Win

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Debbie Elliott.

It's a weekend for celebrating in St. Louis. The city's beloved Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series last night. Matt Sepic of member station KWMU was outside Busch Stadium for the big win.

MATT SEPIC: This was an improbable victory for the Cardinals, if only because their post-season almost never happened. The Red Birds had the worst regular season record of any playoff team. In fact, they only made it into the playoffs on the final day of the season when another team lost.

Going into the series, they were big underdogs, and it was hard to find any St. Louis fan who would believe a Cardinals World Series victory was at hand until the last out. Bundled up against the October chill in a red Card sweatshirt last night, Diana Stogstill(ph) watched what little of Game Five she could through the metal fence of the new Busch Stadium.

Ms. DIANA STOGSTILL (Cardinals Fan): You just never know. You never know. And the Tigers are a great team, so I was hoping with two outs that we had it.

SEPIC: At a bar within earshot of the park, a crowd of 20-somethings, most too young to remember the last Red Birds championship win back in 1982, packed themselves around TVs. With brown plastic Bud Light bottles in had, the crowd glanced anxiously between the television screens in front of them and the flashbulbs going off in the stadium to their right. They heard the moment of victory before they saw it.

(Soundbite of cheering)

SEPIC: The TV broadcast was delayed by a few seconds, but the instant a volcanic roar erupted from the stadium, everyone at the bar knew Adam Wainwright's final pitch to the Tigers' Brandon Inge was strike three.

(Soundbite of fireworks)

SEPIC: Fireworks went up and people danced to a street performer's saxophone. Nearly 47,000 people bounced their way onto the ballpark. For Cards fan Arthur Luking(ph), last night was particularly sweet because of the bitter disappointment in 2004.

Mr. ARTHUR LUKING (Cardinals Fan): Two years ago, they had the best record in baseball, and they got swept by Boston. If you told me that they were going to beat Detroit in five, I would have said you're nuts.

SEPIC: Despite one rainout, and cold, damp, chilly weather throughout the series, the forecast for the Cardinals' victory parade in downtown St. Louis tomorrow is expected to be sunny and 70 degrees, something else no one here would have predicted just a few weeks ago. For NPR News, I'm Matt Sepic in St. Louis.

(Soundbite of cheers and music)

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