Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/23/13
As soon as the Boston Red Sox finished off the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, announcer Joe Buck was already hailing the St. Louis Cardinals/Red Sox World Series as a rematch of the 2004 battle between the same teams. That resulted in a sweep in favor of the Red Sox. Maybe, if Albert Pujols was part of the Cardinals, I could see some of the logic because David Ortiz is still around from that Sox team. But, with Ortiz the only player from either team who played regularly from that Series, it doesn’t seem appropriate to call it a true rematch (Yadier Molina only had three plate appearances in that World Series). But, Buck’s comment did get me thinking. There have been several recent championship rematches where there were significant players from both sides still playing. Here’s a look at them. The Atlanta Braves versus the New York Yankees in 1996, 1999 Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera were on the Yankees, while Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine
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