With Game 1 of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals only a few hours away, here’s a look back at the first games of the 2004 and 2007 Fall Classic.
In 2004, Red Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn hit a two-run homer off reliever Julian Tavarez in the bottom of the eighth inning that rang off the right-field foul pole to lead Boston to an 11-9 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz (please note the St. Louis catcher in the photo above) hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs. Closer Keith Foulke recorded the final five outs of the game.
In 2007, the Red Sox crushed the Colorado Rockies 13-1 at Fenway Park. Rookie second baseman Dustin Pedroia led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run and the Red Sox never looked back. Starter Josh Beckett worked seven strong innings and allowed one run on six hits with nine strikeouts.
The Red Sox swept both of those series in four games.