Well, this baseball season is wrapping up quickly. The 2013 MLB World Series begins Wednesday with two historic teams battling it out: St. Louis versus Boston or, if you prefer, a Bird versus a Sock! Because the American League won this year’s All-Star Game in New York, Boston will receive home-field advantage if the Series extends to seven games. So the logical question now is: Can a red Bird beat a red Sock?
Boston (97-65) will be hungry for a championship after a dismal 69-93 season in 2012. Before 2012, Boston had a historically good team that won six World Series titles over the years. Boston’s last World title was in 2007 where they beat Colorado in a four-game sweep. During Spring Training this year, one Red Sox player came with a beard and suddenly the trend caught on with most players growing beards. That superstition seemed to work—for the whole team and particularly former Twin David Ortiz who hit a game 2 grand slam that jumpstarted Boston in the ALCS.
Meanwhile, St. Louis (97-65) has made a post-season appearance the last three years. The Red Birds have won 11 Titles with the last one coming in 2011 when they defeated Texas in seven games. The Cardinals were hoping that they would not be less competitive when they gave up on Albert Pujols after the 2011 season. With Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha, St. Louis is representing the NL in the last Series of the season. The Cardinals’ pitchers were fifth in ERA in the NL this season with 3.42. St. Louis has a deep batting order, so look for them to use their offensive skills.
If you ignore the stats, players, and coaches and just focus on the names: A Bird can eat a Sock, but a Sock can do nothing to a Bird! The only way that the Sock can win is if it suffocates the Bird! My Prediction: St. Louis in five.
Written by: Michael L. Sack