Dmitri Young talks with reporters during a spring training in 2007 when he was with the Washington Nationals.
Evan Vucci, AP photo
Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, a 13-year-old boy sat in a red seat in a red sea.
It was the seventh inning at Busch Stadium and the Cardinals hadn’t scored.
A single. A walk. Hope peeked.
And then, Dmitri Young hit a triple. Two runs scored. Hope peaked.
Down 3-0 to start the inning, the Cardinals tied it when Young then scored on a hit.
This was what October was all about.
The boy in the stands? David Freese.
He was there to experience “The Dmitri Young Game,” when the seldom-used pinch-hitter thwacked a two-out opposite-field triple that drove in two. It was Game 4 of the 1996 National League Championship Series.
Fifteen Octobers later, the St. Louis native Freese thwacked his own two-out opposite-field triple that drove in two.
That was the most-famous triple in Cardinals’ history (baseball history?), but the Young triple has a particularly important part of local lore.
They say that kids who grow up on St. Louis baseball are spoiled. But for most kids born in the 1980s – thus too young to properly remember the 1987 World Series – their childhood memories always ended in September. From 1988-1995, the Cards never made the playoffs. So 1996 was many St. Louisans “first” playoffs. First gets quotation marks because some people like…