The Red Sox have played more World Series against the Cardinals than any other opponent . . . and in more different stadiums, too.
When the Sox and Cards faced off in 1946, it was at the first Busch Stadium, a turn-of-the-century, old-time ballpark that the Cardinals shared with the Browns until the American League team moved to Baltimore in 1954. When the Sox and Cards played again in the 1967 and 2004, it was at the second Busch Stadium, the first of the 1960s/'70s, cookie-cutter, multipurpose monstrosities that popped up across the country in those decades.
Now, in 2013, they're playing at the third Busch Stadium, a state-of-the-art throwback venue that opened in 2006. It's the Sox first visit here; their only regular-season interleague stop in St. Louis occurred in 2005.
Here's some quick news and notes prior to Game 3, courtesy of the Red Sox' P.R. department:
-- The Red Sox are 17-13 (.567) all-time in World Series games on the road. They've won their last four road games in the World Series since a loss to the Mets in Game 7 of the 1986 Series at Shea Stadium; if they win Game 3 tonight, they will tie their second-longest road World Series win streak (5, from Game 5 in 1903 to Game 4 in 1912).
-- Of Boston’s 30 World Series games played on the road, 9 have been in St. Louis. The Sox are 4-5 in those nine games, though they've won their last three since losing Game 4 of the 1967 World Series.
-- The Sox have also played nine World Series games in New York City, though against three different opponents (three against the Giants at the Polo Grounds in 1912, two against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in 1916, and four against the Mets at Shea Stadium in 1986).
-- David Ortiz is the 11th player in history, and the first Red Sox player, to hit a home run in both Games 1 and 2 of a World Series. The only other Red Sox player to homer in consecutive team World Series games was Larry Gardner in Games 3 and 4 in 1916 in Brooklyn.
-- The only players to hit a home run in the first three games of a World Series are Johnny Mize of the Yankees in 1952, Hank Bauer of the Yankees in 1958 and Barry Bonds of the Giants in 2002.
-- Ortiz is one homer shy of tying the club record for home runs in a single World Series, set by Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
-- Ortiz has three career World Series homers, tying Gardner, Yastrzemski and Dwight Evans for the club record.