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Two Teams That Fought for Respect

By David Wysong

In the 2013 World Series are two storied teams; the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Within the past two years both teams were thought to be “rebuilding” and had never been expected to be where they are now.

The Cardinals won the World Series in 2011 in seven games against the Texas Rangers. That year they were led by superstar, Albert Pujols, and hall of fame manager, Tony Larussa.

In the offseason of 2011, Pujols left the team in free agency and went to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Then at the age of 67 Larussa retired.

After both of these drastic losses, the Cardinals were thought to be rebuilding, and people said they had no chance in the NL the next season. That offseason they signed Carlos Beltran and hired Mike Matheny; and that next season they surprised everyone.  They got second in the NL Central and made a run to the NLCS where they eventually lost to the world champion San Francisco Giants.

Nobody expected that whatsoever. Now they are fighting for a world series win after finishing first in the NL Central. Crazy how teams can prove others wrong.

Now on the Red Sox side of things they didn’t have very high expectations at all for this year. Last year they were awful with a 69-93 record and there were multiple schisms in the locker room with coach Bobby Valentine and the players.

They also traded big named players during the season with the names of: Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney and other minor league players.

In the offseason they fired Valentine then hired former assistant coach, John Farrell. They also added players: David Ross, Johnny Gomes, Mike Napoli, and Shane Victorino. Then they had a very strong season with a 97-65 record which was the best in the whole AL and tied with the Cardinals for the best in all of baseball.

Now they are also fighting for a world series win. Nobody expected this either, crazy how anything can happen. Now let’s talk about the very competitive series between the two teams.

In game one the Cardinals weren’t ready for the Red Sox and their bats with the Red Sox winning 8-1. David Ortiz went 2-3 with a Home Run and Jon Lester pitched 7 ⅔ innings with 0 earned runs and eight strikeouts.

The next day in game two the Cardinals fought back with a 4-2 win. Carlos Beltran, for the Cardinals, went 2-4 with an RBI and pitcher, Michael Wacha, pitched six innings, only gave up two runs, and had six strikeouts.

In game three the Cardinals took the series lead with 5-4 win. Matt Holliday went 2-5 with three RBI’s and one run, and Yadier Molina went 3-4 with an RBI.

In game four the Red Sox tied the series with a 4-2 win. Johnny Gomes, for the Red Sox, hit a monster three run homer to get the lead and David Ortiz went 3-3 while scoring two runs.

In game five the Red Sox gained the series lead back with a 3-1 win. David Ortiz went 3-4 with an RBI and pitcher, Jon Lester, pitched another gem with pitching 7 ⅔ innings, gave up one run, and had seven strikeouts.

In game six the Boston Red Sox won the World Series with a 6-1 win over the Cardinals. Shane Victorino went 2-3 with four RBIs and Stephen Drew went 2-4 with a homerun.

After a long and hard fought season congratulations to the Red Sox for winning the World Series and congrats to David Ortiz for winning World Series MVP.

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