By Mike Steffanos
Cardinals 3 - Mets 1
Cardinals Win NLCS 4-3
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to seeing Oliver Perez pitch next year after spending a whole spring training with Rick Peterson. I don't think I've ever been more proud of the efforts of a Mets pitcher. Despite being trashed by the experts as the worst pitcher ever to start a game 7, Perez did everything you could expect and then some. His one real mistake of the night was grooving one to Scott Rolen, and Endy Chavez' highlight reel thievery saved that one.
I'll leave it to others to find goats in this series. My disappointment with the results can't trump how proud I was of these Mets, who survived one blow after another that would have crippled a lesser team.
I'll be back tomorrow to put the wraps on this season, and then we'll start looking ahead. I want to thank those of you that made this site so much better by sharing your thoughts with me over the course of this season. As a Met fan isolated in the land of Red Sox and Yankee fans, your friendship and the camaraderie that we all share here means more to me than you could possibly know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.