In honor of Throwback Thursday, I decided to take a look at some similarities and differences between the 2004 World Series and the 2013 World Series seeing as how the same teams faced off nine years ago.
The 2004 World Series was the 100th time the championship had taken place and there was a lot of buildup to the series because it was the first time either team had made it to the ultimate stage since the late 80s. Both teams have won the World Series title since meeting in 2004. Boston won the 2007 series against the Colorado Rockies four games to none. St. Louis has won the title twice since 2004 winning the 2006 title against the Detroit Tigers four games to one and again in 2011 against the Texas Rangers four games to three. It seems like in both series the Red Sox had something to prove. In 2004, they were trying to break the “Curse of the Bambino” which had allegedly prevented the team from winning the World Series since 1918. In 2013, it seems like the Red Sox are trying to shed the embarrassment of the 2012 season and prove to everyone they have what it takes to take the championship home.
To honor the 2004 team, members from that championship team will throw out first pitches before game two of the 2013 World Series.
In terms of rosters, both teams have only one veteran left from the 2004 series. St. Louis has catcher Yadier Molina while Boston has designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz proved dominant in the 2004 World Series. In the first game, he hit a three-run home run in the first inning which sounds a lot like his would-be grand slam that was robbed by Cardinals’ outfielder Carlos Beltran in the second inning of game one of the 2013 series. That play sent Beltran to the hospital to get his ribs checked out but x-rays were negative, according to ESPN. Beltran has been playing in the MLB for 16 years and 2013 is his first trip to the World Series.
Tim McCarver and Joe Buck were the TV broadcasters for both the 2004 and the 2013 World Series. However, McCarver recently announced that he would be retiring after the 2013 series. It will be his 24th World Series.
Texarkana, Texas is also having reasons to celebrate the World Series this year. Two native sons are competing albeit on different teams.
From the Red Sox, we have Will MIddlebrooks, an infielder who is currently in his second year in Major League baseball. In 94 games this season, he has a .227 batting average with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs. He was drafted out of Liberty Eylau High School by Boston and grew up in the Red Sox farm system before making his MLB debut on May 2, 2012.
From the Cardinals, we have Michael Wacha, a rookie pitcher who is making his mark on the 2013 playoffs including being named the NLCS MVP. In 15 games this season, Wacha has a record of four wins and one loss with an ERA of 2.78 and 65 strikeouts. He was drafted out of Texas A&M University by St. Louis and grew up in the Cardinals farm system before making his MLB debut on May 30, 2013.
Boston showed its dominance in game one with an 8-1 win and time will only tell if the Red Sox will produce the same outcome over the Cardinals in 2013. Game two is on tonight at 7 p.m. on Fox.