Red Sox/Cardinals Fall Classic fitting climax

Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:26pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Boston's bearded band of brothers will go against the burgeoning talents of a remarkable St. Louis Cardinals rookie class in the best-of-seven World Series beginning on Wednesday at the Red Sox home of Fenway Park.

The two best teams in Major League Baseball, representing two of the most rabid fan bases in the sport, renew their rivalry in a fitting championship climax.

American League champions Boston and National League winning St. Louis tied for most wins this season with 97 and led their respective leagues in runs scored.

"They've got a fantastic team," Boston manager John Farrell said. "And a lot of young power arms that will walk to that mound."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the Red Sox reminded him of his own club in critical ways.

"They're about doing the little things right — about family, about considering each other and thinking about the team," Matheny said. "Those are the sorts of things that ring real true with us."

They last met in the 2004 Fall Classic with the Red Sox ending an 86-year World Series title drought with a four-game sweep of the Cardinals, who had beaten them in seven games in their other two championship showdowns of 1946 and 1967.

Only one player on each side - slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz of the Red Sox and premier catcher Yadier Molina of the Cardinals - carry over from the 2004 teams.   Continued...

 
Oct 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (middle) celebrates with teammates including Jonny Gomes (5) after hitting a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning in game six of the American League Championship Series playoff baseball game at Fenway Park. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports