2013: Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals (4-2)
The Red Sox and Cardinals would meet up again in the Fall Classic for the second time in this stretch. The two battled back in the historic 2004 World Series which saw the Red Sox sweep the Cards. This would also be the first year under new manager John Farrell, and what a year it was!
Farrell was previously the pitching coach under former manager Terry Francona. After a stint with Toronto, the Red Sox would call him in to replace Francona at the helm.
This would also mark the last time that David Ortiz would play under the bright lights of the Fall Classic. Big Papi would make the most of his final showing ending the postseason as World Series MVP and posting a .688 batting average will adding in 11 hits and 8 walks.
The 2013 World Series would also see a glimpse into the future as Xander Bogaerts would get a chance to play in all six games and notch a .238 average with 5 hits and a pair of RBI. Bogie got a taste for the big stage and he would build on that resume in 2018.
The rematch would be more competitive than their first matchup in 2004 as it would take the Red Sox six games to put away the Cardinals. This would give Farrell a world championship in his first year as manager of the Red Sox. It would also be our third championship in 10 years.