Faces of Victory: Joyous Photos From Postseason Baseball Celebrations

The Cardinals beat the Rangers in Game Seven of the World Series. See their exhilarated reactions, and other expressions of MLB happiness from the past month.

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There are plenty of reasons to watch postseason baseball. There's the surprise of seeing a team that almost didn't make the playoffs win the World Series, as the Cardinals did on Friday night, claiming the championship against the Texas Rangers, 6 to 2, after only barely securing the wild card berth a month earlier. There's the thrill of watching a team come back five different times in one game, as the Cardinals did during Thursday night's Game Six.

But an under-appreciated joy of the playoffs and World Series is seeing grown men reduced to childlike exhilaration at winning a crucial game. Here, a collection of photos that capture these moments of unselfconscious celebration:

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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