Allen Craig came up bigger for the St. Louis Cardinals during their miraculous 2011 World Series Championship than anybody could have expected.
The outfielder, who caught the final out of Game 7 to clinch the Cardinals 11th World Series Championship in franchise history, hit four home runs and knocked in eight key RBI's in just 37 playoff at bats and showed the kind of clutch ability that allows the Cardinals to trust the power hitter on a more regular basis.
While Craig was crucial in the playoffs, evidently, he was almost to a point where he would not have been able to contribute at all. The injury on his knee cap he suffered in May during a road trip in Houston healed enough for him to play the rest of the season, but not well enough for him not to have surgery.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier on Tuesday that Craig had surgery on that right knee to permanently repair the damage suffered during that play in Houston where he crashed in...