Our View: World ‘Serious’

Posted: October 23, 2013

This year’s World Series, which opens tonight in Boston, offers diehard fan and casual observer alike baseball as it ought it be, but often isn’t: The teams with the two best records duking it out, no “wild cards” in sight. Not since 1999 has this transpired.

The two franchises, among the game’s more storied, are no strangers to each other. The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals have met three times previously in the Fall Classic, or “World Serious” as it was called eons ago, with the Cards winning the first two — in 1946 when Enos Slaughter made a mad dash home when Bosox shortstop Johnny Pesky (allegedly) “held the ball,” and then again in ’67, when the clock struck midnight on Boston’s “impossible dream” one game shy of fruition.

The third meeting in 2004, which went to Boston in a sweep, was anticlimactic, a punctuation mark to a post-season that saw the “Sawx” historically erase a 3-0 deficit in games against their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees, en route to eradicating 86 years of October heartbreak and frustration.

This confrontation promises to go more along the lines of the first two, both of which played out to seven games. That is, riveting fall baseball, nail-biting drama, and late nights for bleary-eyed fanatics. The pastime as it ought to be.