Red Sox win Game 1 of the World Series thanks to Jon Lester, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli

Game 1 is in the books, and the Cardinals are hoping that's the last time THAT happens

10/24/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Oct 23, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (right) is welcomed back to the dugout by his teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 7th inning during game one of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsBefore the World Series started, the consensus was that this would be, at the very least, a competitive series between two extremely good teams.

That's why Game 1 was a huge surprise, even to the most optimistic of Red Sox fans.

Both teams were billed as outstanding in all facets of the game. Their pitching, offense, defense, everything was supposed to be good. As it turns out, that's now how it worked out.

The Cardinals made three huge errors that led to three unearned runs, and there was another play in which Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina watched a fly ball drop in front of them, which wasn't even called an error:

Blog Photo - Red Sox win Game 1 of the World Series thanks to Jon Lester, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli
(courtesy of SB Nation)

Another key event in the game was when the Cardinals unsuccessfully tried to complete a double play, and Pete Kozma wasn't able to catch the ball at all. Umpire Dana DeMuth originally thought he dropped the ball in the transfer to his throwing hand, but it was clear even without the benefit of replay that he never had it in the first place.

Blog Photo - Red Sox win Game 1 of the World Series thanks to Jon Lester, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli
(courtesy of SB Nation)

DeMuth originally called out the runner at second base (Dustin Pedroia), and Red Sox manager John Farrell came out of the dugout immediately to argue.

The umpires eventually got together to discuss the call, and agreed unanimously that the correct call had not been made. They overturned it, much to the chagrin of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, and they made the right call.

This was actually a pretty huge moment in baseball history. It's extremely rare that ANY umpire's call is overturned, never mind a play in the World Series. That having been said, the umpires absolutely made the right decision. That was clearly a terrible call, and it needed to be changed.

The Red Sox eventually went on to win the game 8-1, with the only Cardinals run coming on a Matt Holliday home run in the 9th inning off of Ryan Dempster.

I can't possibly imagine that this sort of debacle will happen again. The Cardinals are too good for them to lose this badly again... right?
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10/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
Those gifs = What the...? I didn't watch the game (and only watched Mariners games throughout the season), but are the Cardinals really that bad? Are they way overmatched and just somehow got here through crazy luck or did they just have a goofy game?

Well, they are a below average defensive team by any metric you look at, but mostly it was a Murphy's Law game on the field for them. Plus, Lester was dealing, so it probably would've been a loss anyway.

10/24/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Those gifs = What the...? I didn't watch the game (and only watched Mariners games throughout the season), but are the Cardinals really that bad? Are they way overmatched and just somehow got here through crazy luck or did they just have a goofy game?