Adam Wainwright  | ©Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesWin or go home.

That’s what was on the minds of the home team St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates as they took the field inside Busch Stadium on Wednesday for the deciding game-5 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) National League Division Series (NLDS).

When the dust settled, my high-flyin’ Redbirds, behind a masterful pitching effort by Adam Wainwright, defeated the Bucs 6-1.

And you know what that means, right? More Cardinals’ baseball AND more Red October Pizza. I’ll continue to man the oven while my Cards move closer to a date in the World Series. Next up for the Redbirds are the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game-1 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), in St. Louis, gets underway Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

David Freese | Photo ©2013 Bill Greenblatt/UPIAnd, next up in the oven? Cue the PA announcer.

“Leaping off the hot baking stone is a true Red October Pizza that always delivers when the stakes are the highest: The David Freese Redder-than-Red Tomatoes, Peppers and Mozzarella.”

Just like its namesake, called Game Six by his teammates for his previous postseason exploits, this pie just oozes the colors of the Cardinals: A thick red coat of spicy tomato sauce over the flattened dough, vine-ripened fire-engine red datterino cherry tomatoes, crunchy red bell peppers and cloud-white mozzarella di bufala cheese.

And, we’ll cheer this pie on from the plate to the palate with a few glasses of 2010 Adino Rosso Conero DOC, a Montepulciano-Sangiovese blend from Cantina Tenimenti Spinsanti in the Ancona province of the Marche region of central Italy.

PLAY BALL!  GO CARDS!  BEAT L.A.!

TPT's Borsalino & Ballcap

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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