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Past World Series’ + The Memories

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As the World Series starts tonight, it always brings me back to past playoffs and past World Series championships that I’ve watched. I referenced 2004 and 2007 in a previous post and this time I’ll expand on baseball in October.

The first World Series I remember watching was between the Kansas City (KC) Royals and St. Louis Cardinals back in 1985. That series made me a baseball fan. Ozzie Smith doing his back flips as he went on to the field to play shortstop. George Brett on KC with Bret Saberhagen and that weird submarine pitching style. It’s an underhand nasty cool looking throw which you don’t see very often if at all today.

The next year, 1986 I became a Red Sox fan. Without Googling, I remember most of the 1986 Red Sox starters. At 1st of course was Bill Buckner, who could forget that ball into right through his legs in Game 6 against the Mets? At 2nd base was Marty Barrett, 3rd the mustache toting Wade Boggs. Left field, Jim Rice and playing right field was Dwight Evans. Don Baylor was DH and the only starting pitchers I can remember are Roger Clemens and Oil Can Boyd. I also can’t remember the starting Catcher’s name and the center fielder without looking it up either. I remember watching the games in the living room on our 14” color TV. Wow, how times have changed.

The next World Series I really go into was back in 1992 when I was living in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada. The teams were the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. After the Jays won, the streets went crazy, horns were honking, people were screaming. The Jays were like the local team that night. The Jays won again the following year against the Phillies and could have three-peated if it weren’t for the MLB strike in 1994.

The other two World Series match ups I remember vividly go without saying, 2004 and 2007. Here’s hoping for 2013, Go Sox!

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