The year 1918 was so long ago, Boston bars were probably still offering Happy Hour and your parents were still partying at The Rat. Of course, it was also the last time the Red Sox clinched a World Series title at Fenway Park—that is until last night, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1. Everyone in Boston already knows the Sox won the Series last night, even the people as far as Worcester, Mass. (more)
Before last night, the Boston Red Sox had won nine straight World Series game. And it seemed very likely they would sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in this year’s Fall Classic. The duck boats might be further way than we expected. (more)
Perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals’ time would have been better spent revisiting old T-ball practices than entering game one of the World Series. Last night, the Boston Red Sox swept the Cardinals 8-1 at Fenway Park. (more)
On October 23, 2004 the Boston Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park for the first game of the World Series. Nine years later, and history is nearly repeating itself: The Sox will once again start the series this Wednesday, October 23, at Fenway Park against the Cardinals. (more)
The deadline for first baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals to negotiate a contract extension has passed without a new deal in place. The three-time MVP has made clear that he will not continue talks during the season, leaving it likely for him to test the free-agent market when his current deal expires. The Cardinals most recent offer would place Pujols in the league’s top 10 in salary. The nine-year veteran is expected to collect $16 million this season in his contract’s final year.
“The expiration of today’s deadline does not eliminate the possibility of Albert returning to the Cardinals in 2012, but simply delays negotiations until the conclusion of the Cardinals’ season,” said Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano in a prepared statement. “He feels as strongly as ever that this team has the potential to win the World Series. That alone is why he will not permit his contractual situation to become a distraction or take away from his ability to reach that goal.” Pujols has produced a .331 career batting average and averaged 41 homers and 123 RBIs. He’s won six Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Gloves.
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Veteran first basement Albert Pujols belted his 400th career home run as the Washington Nationals rallied past his St Louis Cardinals 11-10 in extra innings yesterday in Washington DC. The 9x All-Star is one five players in MLB history to have 400 homers, 1,200 RBIs and a .330 average, sharing the mark with Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Despite his most recent career accomplishment, Pujols seemed more concerned with the loss, saying “It’s a special milestone, but I don’t play for numbers.” The Cardinals are now four games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central with a 68-57 record. The Wild Card race is also tight between the Cards, Phillies and Giants.
The Nationals are now battling for pride in light of their 54-74 record with 34 games left to play this regular season. Even with rookie ace Stephen Strasburg out with a torn ligament in his right elbow, the young lineup will look to prove themselves as contenders in the years to come. “I don’t really know what big league playoff baseball feels like — I’m sure the atmosphere is a little bit more hectic,” shortstop Ian Desmond said after he produced the game winning single in the 13th. “That was a great-played game by both sides.” The offensive contest featured 30 hits, 15 pitchers and six lead changes. Washington and St Louis are set to matchup for three more games at Nationals Park starting tonight at 7:05 PM.
All-Star outfielder Matt Holliday just recently signed back with his St Louis Cardinals earlier this week. The seven year deal presents a salary between $119-120 million with a team option at the end of the contract. Holliday is very happy to remain with the Cardinals, saying “I think first of all going into free agency I had in the back of my mind that I really liked my time in St. Louis and felt it was a good fit for me and my family.”
In 2009 Holliday produced a .313 batting average with 24 home runs and 109 RBI’s. The five year veteran was certainly relieved to officially put contract negotiations to rest following months of discussion. “This has been a bit of a long process and there were some emotional ups and downs that go with it,” he said. “It hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park. It’s relief.” The Cardinals are scheduled to open their regular season against the Cincinnati Reds for a three game series starting Monday, April 5th.
The highly anticipated Phillies Dodgers NLCS rematch will start up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 15th. In 2008 the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies dominated Los Angeles in just five games, but this season the Dodgers certainly believe they have done enough to give themselves a better chance. LA now has left hander’s Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf (former Phillie) to counter Philadelphia’s strong offense.
The Phillies have been playing some great baseball themselves, taking four games to knock out the Colorado Rockies in their division series. Wolf looking ahead goes into how the Phillies starting rotation will be quite the challenge. “With Philly, they have a relentless lineup, and even though Cole Hamels isn’t having a typical season, he can dominate. Cliff Lee is a big acquisition, and going against lefties has been a little tough for us.” Wolf continued to speak on behalf of predictions, saying “we were supposed to be swept by the Cardinals. If nobody picks us, that’s fine.” Here he is referring to the Dodgers quick three game ALDS sweep on St Louis.
NLCS Series Schedule – Starting Rotations and Game Times TBDGame 1 – Thursday, October 15th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 2 – Friday, October 16th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 3 – Sunday, October 18th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 4 – Monday, October 19th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 5 – Wednesday, October 21st – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 6 – Friday, October 23rd – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 7 – Saturday, October 24th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
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