21st Century Dominance: Cards-Sox World Series Gamer I

The Cards went to the World Series in ’04, ’06, ’11, and ’13 (and barely missed in ’12 when the Giants came back from 3-1) and have played in the NLCS 8 times (8/13!) post-2000. The Sox went in ’04, ’07, and ’13 (and had ALCS Game 7 losses in ’03 and ’08) and have played in the ALCS 5 times. The Cards have won it all twice. The Sox have won it all twice. Whoever wins this Series takes the lead in 21st-century titles (the Cards, Giants, and Sox are all tied right now). The one time the Cardinals lost the Series in the 21st century up to now…it was to the Red Sox. We’ve made up for 1946; now it’s your turn, 1967.

Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester are the hurlers. I’m feeling good about this series, but the Cards are a tough team. I think the rotations and bullpens of each team left standing are comparable, but I think the Sox are the better offensive team, and that’s going to be the difference in this one, IMO.

At any rate, four wins to glory for someone, four losses to substantially less glory for someone else. Comment away!

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  • Still have to work for 2 more hours. Totally feeling that stomach weirdness of playoff games. Thing I had to go to tonight got moved to tomorrow, so I’m just revving for World Series Game 1 at Fenway Park…just typed that out to see it one more time. I hope they tear Wainwright a new one tonight…I could see it going that way…maybe not tonight, but at some point in this series I expect 8, 10, 12 runs from the Sox in a game.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 5:06 pm
  • Here we are. Good first inning for Lester.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:16 pm
  • And here’s our first baserunner.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:21 pm
  • Two on for Big Papi.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:27 pm
  • WTF. Talk about kicking the shot out of a call… rightfully reversed.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 8:31 pm
  • Shit…obviously not shot.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 8:33 pm
  • How did DeMuth get this call wrong in the first place? Umps get together, get the call right and now Metheny argues. But the call stands. Bases loaded, one out for Mike Napoli.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:33 pm
  • 2-0.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:35 pm
  • And Napoli clears the bases with a double.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:36 pm
  • Based clearing double, Nap. Welcome to the AL, Wainwright.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 8:36 pm
  • Johnny Gomes grounds out. But his intangibles clearly inspired Napoli from the on-deck circle.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:38 pm
  • Xander strikes out. 31 pitches for Wainwright in the first.

    In 2004 we scored in the first inning of all four games. Today we scored in the first inning.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:41 pm
  • Lester gets the call and Molina should shut the fuck up.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:45 pm
  • And Freese strikes out.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:46 pm
  • Oh, McCarver, Lester was more than ok in game 1 against the Tigers.

    Adams grounds out. An easy second!

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:47 pm
  • He said that? He said Lester was “okay” G1 ALCS? What game was he watching? I have muted the TV.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 8:50 pm
  • Uhhhh…really? Nice defense.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 8:51 pm
  • Man, these guys are funny.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:51 pm
  • McCarver wanted to point out that Lester wasn’t that great in game 5 in contrast to game 1. But his choice of words for Lester’s game 1 performance was peculiar indeed.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:54 pm
  • 2 on, nobody out.

    Ells goes after the first pitch and fouls it off.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:55 pm
  • Kozma might not have had a play here, but it looked like another great piece of defence. Bases loaded for Pedey.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:58 pm
  • They call it an error.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • 2-0 on Pedey.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • 3-0.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 8:59 pm
  • Pink beards in the stands!

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:00 pm
  • Full count.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:00 pm
  • Hee hee.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:01 pm
  • Through the hole between third and short. 4-0 Red Sox.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:02 pm
  • 52 pitches for Wainwright.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:02 pm
  • Beltran takes away the grand slam. But one run scores.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:04 pm
  • Soooooo close…but run 5 is in.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:04 pm
  • Almost deja vu all over again.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:05 pm
  • Inning over. Wainwright at 60 pitches.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:07 pm
  • Rosenthal says Peavy to go in game 3, Buchholz in game 4. Buchholz not injured but no quite right whatever that means.

    Another easy Lester inning.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:15 pm
  • Bzzzzzzzzzt.Sound of Lester through the Cards lineup through 3.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:16 pm
  • I expected a lot of fawning over the Cardinals from Buck and McCarver. Not with the score as it is right now, I guess. Still waiting for the Verlander interview though.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:18 pm
  • Beltran out of the game. Hurt himself when catching Big Papi’s almost slam.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:19 pm
  • Good rip from Drew … but foul.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:21 pm
  • Then strikes out. First quick inning for Wainwright.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:21 pm
  • Lead-off walk.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:27 pm
  • Walk booooooo.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:28 pm
  • Late time call there.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:29 pm
  • Took a while but Halliday strikes out.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:31 pm
  • haven’t been here in years, but wanted to at least stop in for tradition/superstition sake. it worked for the last 2 WS titles. go sox!

    sf rod October 23, 2013, 9:31 pm
  • Lester laboring a bit this inning.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:32 pm
  • 2 on, 1 out.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:34 pm
  • Uh oh, loaded.

    Hey rod!

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:35 pm
  • Not just a bit. Bases loaded, one out.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:35 pm
  • Our good friend the 1-2-3 double play.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:37 pm
  • Smart play for out 1 at home, good stuff.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:37 pm
  • Wainwright suddenly unhittable?

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:44 pm
  • Gomes always looks strange when diving for the ball. But he made the catch.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:51 pm
  • Lester clearly not the pitcher he was in the first three inning anymore.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:52 pm
  • Gomes error, damn.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:56 pm
  • Beltran getting Xrays.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:57 pm
  • Big out there. Through 5.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 9:58 pm
  • Another Cardinal threat comes to nothing.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 9:59 pm
  • Wow, Pedey hit that hard. Nice catch by Robinson.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:02 pm
  • Dang, nice catch.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 10:02 pm
  • Finally another base hit.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:04 pm
  • I want Nava in game 2!

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:08 pm
  • Great pitch…sit, Craig.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 10:14 pm
  • I’m all for Nava starting a game or five, myself.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 10:16 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Lester. 91 pitches, so he’ll be pitching the 7th at least, I guess.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:17 pm
  • Great inning from Lester. Now at 102 and good for another one, it seems.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:33 pm
  • Another example of the great Cardinals defense.

    And another fucking pitching change.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:44 pm
  • And this one pays off … for the Sox, as Papi makes it 7-0.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:47 pm
  • AWESOME start, Lester.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 10:57 pm
  • Two outs in the 8th and that’s it for Lester. Terrific start all in all.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 10:57 pm
  • Wouldn’t mind if that’s the last we’ve seen from Lester this season. Why not clinch it in four?

    Unlikely, I admit …

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
  • Tazawa gets the K. Three more outs and game 1 is ours.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:02 pm
  • Nava sighting!

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:06 pm
  • Why can’t we start players like that?

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:07 pm
  • It’s not that I don’t like Gomes, far from it. It’s just that I think that Nava deserves to start against right-handers with what he’s done all season.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:09 pm
  • Bogey witht he sac fly. 8-0.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:10 pm
  • 9-0 in game 6 against the Dodgers, now 0-8 in game 1 of the WS. Quite a swing for the Cards.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:12 pm
  • Oh, now they’re going on about a late time call by David Ross. No such words earlier when Hirschbeck called time out the moment Lester threw the ball.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:14 pm
  • Dempster in the 9th.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:16 pm
  • Hee hee…Dempster. The final insult.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 11:17 pm
  • Garbage time homer…nice.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 11:18 pm
  • And he immediately give up a home run to Halliday.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:18 pm
  • Buck pointing out that playing by NL rules in games 3, 4 and 5 is a big disadvantage to the Sox who’ll loser either Ortiz or Napoli. Thank you.

    Two outs to go.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:20 pm
  • One more.

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:22 pm
  • And we’re doing all this a year after losing Nick Punto!!!

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:22 pm
  • Real close to the RF putout at 1st… always wanted to see that.

    Devine October 23, 2013, 11:25 pm
  • Three more just like that…Sox win!

    Devine October 23, 2013, 11:26 pm
  • K. Sox win! Three more wins and …

    pale blue eyes October 23, 2013, 11:27 pm
  • Boston looked amazing last night, and the Cards looked like they forgot they are still on the clock. I love this pic of SpiderPapi shooting webs. Serious Hall Of Justice stuff, not to mix my comic metaphors.

    attackgerbil October 24, 2013, 10:26 am

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