ST. LOUIS Jim Edmonds walked into the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse, silence hanging over the room. Players prepared to take the field before Game 6 of the 2004 National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium. They trailed the Houston Astros three games to two and were one loss from elimination. Among teammates, nothing needed to be said about the days stakes.
Edmonds slipped on a white jersey. It was Oct. 20, 2004, two days after the Astros won their third game in as many days. The Cardinals were a major-league best 105-57 in the regular season, one victory short of the franchise record set in 1942. The 34-year-old center fielder thought the Cardinals had the talent to win their first World Series since 1982. But one more loss would keep them at home.
That, Edmonds said, was our best team.
That October night and into the next, Edmonds created his own postseason legacy. He hit a two-run, game-ending home run in the 12th inning to right-center field off reliever Dan Miceli ...