There is, of course, unbounded joy in Chateau Thompson today. The St. Louis Cardinals captured the World Series in five games with a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers Friday night in the Gateway City. Lifelong Cardinal fan Amy is still somewhere in the clouds.

The last time St. Louis captured a World Series title was 1982. That series went to seven games. We watched that final game from a hotel room in Albuquerque where I was running a Congressional re-election effort for then Congressman Manuel Lujan Jr., who later served as Secretary of the Interior. Amy had come out to spend the final two months of the campaign with me.

The Cardinals won. Two weeks later, Lujan won.

It was a good year.