Cardinals, Red Sox ready to play for all the marbles

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz answers reporters' questions at Media Day on Tuesday on the eve of Game...

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz answers reporters' questions at Media Day on Tuesday on the eve of Game 1 of the World Series in Boston. (Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

BOSTON - They are two of the most venerated franchises in baseball history. The St. Louis Cardinals were established in 1882. The Boston Red Sox came into being 19 years later in 1901.

Between them, they have won nearly 20,000 games. They have also lost more than 18,000 times. They own 18 World Series: 11 by the Cards and seven by the Red Sox.

Over the next 10 days, they will decide which will be the first MLB franchise to win three World Series titles in the 21st century. The Cardinals won in 2006 and 2011. The Red Sox, after a drought of 86 years, won in 2004, then again in 2007. This year, they had matching 97-65 records in the regular season and have each added seven more to that total in the playoffs to sit at 104 wins. Only one will end the season with 108.

“Two historic franchises with a lot of memories and a lot of success,” observed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.


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