Chris Carpenter was a helpless spectator in 2004 when the St. Louis Cardinals were swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Nine years later, the teams are matched up again and he is sidelined with the same nerve-related condition in his pitching arm.
The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, who grew up in New Hampshire rooting for Boston, understands this could be the end of his career. For now, though, he's waved off retirement talk and suited up as if he's about to head to the mound to prowl, growl and intimidate - instead of serving as a de facto coach.
''I got over that frustration after my comeback didn't work out. I've enjoyed this role,'' said Carpenter, who missed the entire season. ''I've enjoyed being around these guys and watching them grow and watching this season turn into what it is.''
Carpenter is one of several big-name players missing from the game's biggest stage.
St. Louis is also without Jason Motte, ...