The last time the Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, the Sox were on some sort of mission, having stormed back against the New York Yankees in a historic ALCS comeback.
BOSTON – The Cardinals and Red Sox finished the regular season with identical records of 97-65. Red Sox manager John Farrell gave a brief scouting report on the Cardinals:
The Red Sox are heading home to win the ALCS.
So says Dan Shaughnessy, and subtle nuances of that sentence can be debated later.
David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in Game 2 changed the momentum of the ALCS with one swing of the bat.