Freese Earns NLCS Most Valuable Player Award

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 NLCS.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 National League Championship Series. He stepped up big in the deciding Game 6, with a three-run home run in the first inning. Freese later added a single and a double.

Freese's first inning homer
Freese hit safely in all six CS games, including multiple-hit games four times. He batted .545 (12-for-22) with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored in the series.

Freese became the fifth player in Cardinals history to take home NLCS MVP honors. The others are Jeff Suppan in 2006, Albert Pujols in 2004, Ozzie Smith in 1985 and Darrell Porter in 1982. The Cardinals five all-time NLCS MVPs are now tied for the most in NLCS history. The Braves and Phillies also have five while the Yankees lead MLB with seven.

With three RBI and three runs Sunday night, Freese is just the second Cardinal ever to do that in a postseason game, with the other being Albert Pujols in Game 2 of this same series. Freese's 14 RBI this postseason are tied for the most ever in a single postseason by a Cardinal, with Albert Pujols also collecting 14 in 2004. His four October home runs are also now the second-most ever by a Cardinal in one postseason, two behind both Pujols and Larry Walker, who both had six in 2004.

Freese finished with nine RBI in the NLCS, tied for the most in an NLCS in Cardinals history (Pujols also had nine in the 2004 NLCS). Freese's 10-game hitting streak is tied for the longest ever in a single postseason by a Cardinal. His longest streak during the regular season was only eight. During his streak, he batted .459 (17 for 37) with five doubles, four homers and 14 runs batted in. Scott Rolen also had a 10-game streak in 2006.


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NLCS MVP David Freese discusses his award

David Freese's post-game remarks (courtesy of MLB and ASAP Sports)

Q. You've grown up outside St. Louis. Is this extra special? Can you talk about what it feels like to do this with the Cardinals?

DAVID FREESE: Yeah, I think not too many people get a chance to do this in their hometown. And it's an unbelievable feeling. To be a part of this team, this group of guys, this organization, means a lot. Mo went to San Diego, Edmonds kind of wanted to go back out West, and we flip flopped. It's a dream come true to be a part of this organization.

Q. What is it about this club that has allowed it to move mountains?

DAVID FREESE: I think we believe. I think that's what you've got to do in this game. We got a group of guys with some talent, desire, and just a ton of heart. Coming back from 10 and a half or whatever it was, obviously it's a tough battle. But we kept plugging; we kept pushing. The fans deserve that; the organization definitely deserves that, it's kind of surreal that we're here, but this team deserves what we've been rewarded.

Q. Has too much been made out of that meeting after the Dodgers swept you guys?

DAVID FREESE: I don't know if too much has been made out of it, but sometimes you've got to do something like that to kind of rally the troops. And Carpenter, one of our leaders, kind of got everybody together, had a little players only deal. And we kind of just said -- kind of we've got to step it up, no matter how this ends, we've got to play to our talent, to our ability. I think when we played Atlanta, we were down 3 1 Friday night, first game. And Kimbrel was pitching, Albert came in and got a screamer down the line and put two runs scored and Kimbrel that changed our season. If we don't win that night, I think maybe things are different.

Q. How much attention have you paid to the ALCS and in particular the Rangers?

DAVID FREESE: The Rangers are scary. They're a scary team. They've been doing it all along the last few years. You look at that lineup; you look at that staff, that's going to be a battle. And I think we're a team that can match up with them a little bit. They're confident. We're confident. It's been a tough road. I definitely have been watching the ALCS, for sure. And that's been some good ball over there. That's a dynamite team and we definitely have to be ready for them.

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