-David S-

The stage is set for World Series 2013, number 109!  I will despise the Cardinals as they take on the Red Sox.  Regardless, this will be a series for the ages!

Here’s a post for Mark Newman at http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/.

Sadly Mark, I have no cherished World Series memories because the Brewers have yet to make it in my lifetime.   I don’t think it’s coming anytime soon either.  I do have a postseason memory though.  NLDS game 5, Diamondbacks versus Brewers.  T-Plush (Nyjer Morgan, his wacky alter-ego :)) batting with a 2-2 count in the bottom of the tenth.  Me, at the ripe old age of 11,  sitting in the left field bleachers becoming an absolute nervous TRAINWRECK.  I was literally shaking. Then, the amazing thing happened!  T-Plush rips one up the middle and the BREWERS WIN!!!!  THE BREWERS ARE MOVIN ON!!!  ONLY 5 GAMES AWAY FROM THE WORLD SERIES.  Baseball is back in Milwaukee!!   Then the Brewers would advance to face the Cardinals….yes, the Cardinals, our arch nemesis.   This series made my hatred of the Cards so much more intense.  We would get whooped and the Cards would move on and eventually advance to the World Series.  My tears of happiness switched to tears of absolute despair.

This  will be a great series to watch!  These two teams definitely deserve to be here.

I have a horrible prediction.  It’s hard for me to admit, but the Cardinals will defeat the Red Sox for their 12th World Championship.  What’s worse is that I will have to listen to the broadcasters and their love affair with Yadier Molina and “the gold plate on his chest symbolizing a Golden Glove winner……blah, blah, blah.”

The Cardinals pitching staff is just too good.  Their offense isn’t too shabby, it’s one of the best.  The Cardinals literally don’t’ have any holes in their pitching staff.  All of these young pitchers don’t seem to be effected by postseason nerves as far as I can tell.  Another big difference maker is the return of Allen Craig.  He’ll be added to the roster tomorrow most likely and is coming back from his injury.  Craig could be used as a DH to add yet another weapon for the Cardinals.

The Red Sox are very good with much talent, but I don’t think they can beat the Cardinals.  On the Sox, I’m really looking forward to seeing how youngster Xander Bogaerts will do.  He is the youngest player to start a postseason game since Babe Ruth.  I’m rooting for the RED SOX and hope Big Papi will shine!!! This is one time when I hope my prediction is wrong!

Who do you think will pull out ahead?  Who are the game changers?  Share your great postseason memories!