By Doug Halberstadt
Major League Baseball’s World Series begins tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 23). The American League representative, the Boston Red Sox, will welcome the National League pennant winners, the St. Louis Cardinals, into Fenway Park. Game one of the best-of-seven series is slated to start at 7:07 p.m.
Both teams won 97 games during the regular season and tied for the best record in the majors. It’s only fitting that they should meet for the title of world champions.
These two teams have met one another three previous times in the October Classic. St. Louis has taken two out of those three. The Cardinals and Red Sox first met for the world championship in 1946. That series went the full seven games and featured players named Ted Williams and Stan Musial.
Nineteen years later (1967), the Cardinals won another thriller. That series went all seven games as well. This time, is was Carl Yastrzemski and Bob Gibson capturing the postseason headlines.
In 2004, the Boston Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought. They swept the red birds that year and never trailed in any of the four games. Manny Ramirez was named the series’ MVP for the Red Sox, and the Cardinals were led by Albert Pujols that season.
Both franchises have experienced a great deal of success over the past 10 years. The Red Sox are going for their third World Series title in that span. The Cardinals are aiming for their second title in three years and third since 2006.
The American League’s victory in this year’s All-Star game assures that Boston will have the home-field advantage in the series. Following the first two games in Fenway, the series will move to Busch Stadium for games three and four this weekend. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m., and the first pitch for Sunday night’s game is at 7:15.
If a game five is necessary, it will be played in St. Louis Monday night, Oct. 28. Should the series require a sixth and/or seventh game, they would both be played back at Fenway. Game six is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, and a game seven would take place on Halloween night.
A fair number of fans of both teams are in our area, but I think the Cardinals have the edge. I’m going to jump on their bandwagon. I’m predicting St. Louis will capture their 12th World Series championship in their history. Put me down for the Cardinals in six games.
From the Oct. 23-29, 2013, issue