BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — We are now less than 24 hours away from the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox facing off in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.
Both teams took the field at Fenway Park for one final practice before the World Series kicks off Thursday night.
Expectations are always high in Boston and the veteran players on the Red Sox know that better than anyone.
“We understand that everyone around here demands that our team wins,” said Dustin Pedroia, “So when we go out there we do our best to perform well.
“We want to go out there and make the city proud,” said Jacoby Ellsbury “We want to put a good product on the field and leave it all out there for them.”
The Red Sox are quietly putting together one of the franchise’s most memorable seasons just one year after they finished worst in the American League East.
This won’t be an easy matchup for Boston though as they return to the World Series for the first time since 2007.
A perennial powerhouse in the National League, the redbirds will look to capture their third championship in the last eight years.
Everything will come down to starting pitching and that is a strong point for both teams
“You’ve got to have good pitching in the playoffs and we’ve been able to handle that,” said Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. “Our pitchers have done a good job of that. They keep us in games and give us a chance to win.”
“We’re not the most talented team out there,” admitted Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “There’s other teams that have a lot of talent. We’ve gone out there for 9 innings, 10 innings, 15 innings, whatever it took, we did whatever it took to win.”
You can catch every pitch and play of the fall classic only on FOX 6.
Also, Thursday on 40 in the Morning, we are giving you a chance to call-in and win two tickets to Game 2 Thursday night. More details can be found here.