The hype surrounding the World Series this year is palpable.
It’s a rematch of the 2004 Fall Classic, where the Boston Red Sox snapped a near-century long losing streak by taking down the St. Louis Cardinals in a dramatic four-game sweep.
From those rosters, only two players remain – one on each team. For Boston, longtime captain and designated hitter David Ortiz, and for St. Louis, their captain behind the plate, Yadier Molina.
2004 was Molina’s rookie season in St. Louis, and in the postseason, he appeared in just one game, going 1-for-4, but largely not playing a major role in the postseason success of the Cardinals.
Ortiz, who was 27 at the time, went 4-for-13 in the World Series, including a pivotal home run and four RBIs. Here we are, over a decade later, and not much has changed for the Red Sox leader.
It will be a very different series this time around, though, as these two teams square off. A pitching-dominated Cardinals team will look to silence one of the American League’s most potent offenses in a matchup of two storied franchises.