Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream. Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner. Fenway Franks and Dodger Dogs. Ebbets Field, the Green Monster. "Sweet Caroline" or "I Love LA." Yet for all their rich history—dating back to Babe Ruth on the mound—the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have rarely crossed paths heading into this World Series, to which the Dodgers advanced for the second consecutive year after beating the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night. Only once before in October, and that was more than a century ago (1916, to be exact; Boston won). In fact, Clayton Kershaw has never even pitched at Fenway Park. Consider this: Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night, the Dodgers have beaten the Red Sox in Boston just one time, the AP reports.
That came on June 12, 2004. And guess who scored and drove in a run for the Dodgers during that 14-5 romp? Alex Cora, now the rookie manager of the Red Sox. One of his teammates that afternoon—Dave Roberts, ready to lead Los Angeles into its second straight Fall Classic. Roberts is sure to draw a big cheer when the teams line up for pregame introductions. He's still a fan favorite in Boston for his daring stolen base that sparked an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit against Mariano Rivera and the rival Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series. The Red Sox went on to end their 86-year title drought by sweeping St. Louis in the World Series, boosted by Big Papi, Pedro and Manny. Starting next week, Boston will try for its fourth championship in 15 seasons. Los Angeles is aiming for its first championship since Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser, and Tommy Lasorda brought home the crown in 1988. Click for much more on the Dodgers-Red Sox face-off.
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