The Boston Red Sox will host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series on Wednesday October 23, 2013. The last time the two teams met in the World Series, in 2004, the Red Sox swept the Cardinals and broke an 86 year “curse” that they hope will remain broken.
For the Red Sox the trip to the World Series is the culmination of a storybook season that saw the team better than flip their season record between 2012 and 2013. What does that mean?
In 2012 the team had a record of 69-93 and finished the regular season 26 games behind the American League’s best record. Contrast that with the Boston Red Sox’s 2013 record of 97-65 and their first place finish in the American League regular season.
Strangely enough this is not the first time the Boston Red Sox have finished the regular season 26 games out of first place one year and come back to claim the American League’s best record the following year. In 1966 the Boston Red Sox finished 72-90, 26 games behind the first place team. The following year, 1967, the Red Sox finished with a 92-70 record atop the American League.
The similarities do not end there. The two teams battling for the American League bid to the 2013 World Series: Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. In 1967 the playoffs were done a bit differently but the two teams atop the American League (the ALCS/NLCS format did not start until 1969) were the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox.
The two teams in the 2013 World Series are the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1967, Carl Yastrzemski’s Boston Red Sox met the Bob Gibson, Orlando Cepeda, and Lou Brock led St. Louis Cardinals.
In 2013 Boston will host game one of the World Series at the home of the Green Monster, Fenway Park. In 1967, the Red Sox hosted game one of the World Series in Fenway Park in Boston.
So what will happen in the 2013 World Series? Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report to find out. Boston fans hope that the déjà vu ends today. We will be posting updates throughout the next two weeks as the series unfolds.