St. Louis won the NL Central flag tonight with a 9-3 win over Houston at home. The game ended with a spectacular leaping catch by Scot Rolen, who also homered. The team celebrated on the field as Albert Pujols carried the late Darryl Kile's jersey in his left hand and gave high-fives with his right amid his jubilant teammates. Manager Tony LaRussa did not participate in the on-field celebration, but rather stood at the top of the dugout steps and peered out at his team like a proud and relieved father.
After the tragedies that they have endured all season, I would bet that everyone in baseball (well, maybe not the Astros) feels pleased by their clinching.