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Cardinals-Red Sox World Series: Fun with workout day notes

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Adam Wainwright and David Ortiz want you to look at the workout day notes below.
Adam Wainwright and David Ortiz want you to look at the workout day notes below. (USATSI)

BOSTON -- Many fans don't know this though I'm sure many do, but each Major League Baseball team puts out "game notes" before and after every single game. Being that this upcoming World Series is, you know, kind of important -- at least that's what I hear -- there were "workout day notes" in Fenway Park Tuesday.

So let's go through and find some of the more fun facts and figures, shall we? Take a walk with me, please.

This is the 109th World Series. It's been played every season since inception aside from two seasons. Most of us could easily guess the 1994 strike meant no World Series. The other? In 1904 -- which would have only been the second World Series ever -- Giants manager John McGraw refused to play a series against the AL champion Red Sox.

The AL holds a 62-46 lead over the NL, though the NL has won three straight and five of the last seven.

•These two teams are the only two to appear in the World Series more than twice in the past 10 years. This is the Cardinals fourth time in 10 years and the Red Sox's third.

This is only the second time and AL East team has met an NL Central team in the World Series. The previous time was these two teams, in 2004.

For just the third time in history, teams with identical records are facing off in the Fall Classic. The previous two: 1958 Braves-Yankees and 1949 Dodgers-Yankees.

In terms of most games hosted in World Series history, both St. Louis (second) and Boston (fourth) are in the top four. New York is first and Chicago is third. If the series goes to Game 6, Boston will pass Chicago for third.

Managers John Farrell and Mike Matheny have the least amount of combined experience at the helm since the 1983 World Series pitted Joe Altobelli's Orioles against Paul Owens' Phillies.

In four of the last five World Series, there's been a Molina brother. In the past five years, each of the three Molina brothers has appeared in at least one World Series.

The actual day notes packet was six pages, this was just some of the more interesting stuff.

Now let's get to Game 1 already.

 
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