ST. LOUIS -- Click below for my final podcast after a wild and memorable seven-game World Series capped by the Cardinals' 6-2 win Friday over Texas.
Mike Harrington on Game Seven
And once you're done listening to me, here are some postgame thoughts from the field, clubhouse and interview room:
MVP David Freese: "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. It's going to take me a little bit, I think, to realize what we've accomplished. And the funny thing is if we go down tonight and we're NL champs, we still did a ton that nobody thought that we could accomplish. And then just to win it is an incredible feeling.
Freese on his two-run double in the first: "I took a good approach in that at-bat, stuck with it and got the head of the bat out there and put it in the gap. That was a big turning point that kind of started the game over and got it back to even."
Albert Pujols: "This is what you play for. It doesn't matter the numbers, it doesn't matter the records, it doesn't matter the money that you make; what matters is to raise that trophy and to be able to bring that smile to the city of St. Louis, and not just the city of St. Louis but all our fans around the world."
Pujols on his impending free agency: "Listen, I'm going to be prayerful about it. Whatever decision I make hopefully is the best decision I make for my family and the fans and everybody. Right now I am just going to enjoy the moment and just celebrate with the guys and pretty much just thank that my teammates that helped me out to accomplish another World Championship, because at the end of your career, those are the sweeter moments that you take.
"And there's a lot of tough times that we went through this year and a lot of sweet moments. And the way that we did it is incredible. You know, there's not too many teams in the game that done it like that. I'm just blessed to be part of that. But to talk about my contract right now, that's the last thing that I'm thinking about. I'm just kind of letting everything come in and the game that we won today."
Chris Carpenter: "It was huge for me to get the ball in this game. I just wanted to give my guys a chance, whether it was one inning, two innings, four, whatever. It didn't matter."
Lance Berkman: "All the emotions you have get bottled up over seven games. Your stomach never settles down and now it's such a rush. It's an emotional time and I'm looking forward to finally sitting down. You can't imagine the exhiliration of finally winning it, especially how we did fighting the whole postseason."
Tony La Russa: "It's just typical of our club. They really embrace something that is legitimate, and they embrace the fact but now it's time to think about Game Six, and that's part of this historic run. I mean, it's hard to explain how we made it happen except the club has great guts. Really we have more talent than people think, but we have great guts."