Red Sox clobber sloppy Cardinals to open World Series

Red Sox DH David Ortiz (left) celebrates his run on a double by first baseman Mike Napoli (not...

Red Sox DH David Ortiz (left) celebrates his run on a double by first baseman Mike Napoli (not pictured) as teammates Jacoby Ellsbury (centre) and Dustin Pedroia (right) celebrate during first inning Game 1 action of the World Series in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

BOSTON - For days in the run-up to a World Series billed as a true classic confrontation, the flower of North American sports journalism has been rhapsodizing about "the Cardinal way," about how the National League champs "won't beat themselves," how they play the game "the right way."

Okay, never mind.

If the St. Louis Cardinals had tried to imagine a worst-case scenario to begin their quest for a third World Series title in the 21st century, they could not have plumbed the depths of their embarrassment that ended in an 8-1 Boston Red Sox victory in Game 1 Wednesday.

Within a half hour after the opening pitch, the Cardinals had made two unforgiveable errors, let another pop-up drop in, and trailed by five runs.

More than that, their best offensive player, Carlos Beltran, had to be removed from his first-ever World Series game after two innings with a rib injury that may not allow him to return.


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