McGee's heroics overshadowed the play of Lonnie Smith, who broke out of his postseason slump—3 for 19 in the playoffs and Series—with a double in the fifth and a triple in the seventh. His hits came as a relief not only to Smith and the Cardinals but to Smith's wife, Pearl, as well. "The last week and a half I've been sleeping three to four hours a night," he said. "When I don't sleep, I toss and I turn and I kick, and I usually wind up kicking my wife, and she loses sleep."
The seventh inning was nearly a nightmare for the Cards. Andujar was working on a two-hitter when, with one out, Simmons lined a one-hop shot off the pitcher's right leg, just below the knee. It was a frightening sight as Andujar writhed on the ground. "He went down just like a big old oak tree," said Porter. Andujar was taken to Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where X-rays proved negative. Although he showed up at the park the next day on crutches, the Cardinals said he could start a seventh game.
Until his injury, Andujar, who's from the Dominican Republic, was never in serious trouble, except maybe from frostbite. "He always wears shirtsleeves," says Porter, "no matter how cold it is." Andujar is such a creature of habit that he insisted on taking batting practice before the game even though the DH rule was in effect.
When Andujar left the game in the seventh, Herzog brought in Kaat again, then Bair, and then, with the bases loaded, Sutter. Sutter got Moore to pop up to end the inning, as Oberkfell made a courageous and difficult catch on the top steps of the Cardinal dugout. In the eighth the Brewers finally touched Sutter, with a two-run homer by Cooper. Sutter finished the game, but for the first time in four postseason appearances he looked vulnerable. "I thought maybe they'd bring Willie in to pitch," said Herr. "It was his night."
During last year's World Series, nobody noticed when the Yankees traded McGee from their Nashville Class AA team to St. Louis for journeyman Pitcher Bob Sykes. Even the Cardinals had no idea how good he was. "The first I heard of the trade," says McGee, "was when I read it under the transactions in the newspaper. Nobody called me. I had to call the Yankees two weeks later to find out where I was supposed to go."
The Cards did like what they saw of McGee in spring training, but he was sent down to Louisville before the start of the season. An injury to David Green necessitated his call-up in May, and he simply played too well to be sent down again.
One of the reasons McGee is so easily overlooked is his demeanor. "He sort of looks like he's sorry to be here," says Ramsey. "He has an aura of apology about him." Ozzie Smith, who befriended McGee in spring training and offered him lodging in his house when he was called up, says, "I can see how people might miss something about him. He's just very shy. He's really a lovely person."
McGee looked anguished as the Series media besieged him after the game. But he tried to answer each question politely and thoughtfully. "It's just happening too fast," he said. "I'd rather come to the park, play ball and keep a low profile. But that ain't going to happen."
Being in treacherous waters was nothing new for the Brewers, who now trailed two games to one. Said Thomas, "We were in the same boat in Baltimore at the end of the regular season, the same boat when we went to California in the playoffs, the same boat when we went to St. Louis to play on their rug. We're still riding the same boat whether it's PT-109 or the Love Boat or whatever. When the ship is in the harbor, they try to bomb it. And the submarines are always out there waiting for us." Again, Milwaukee was listing.