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Cardinals and Rangers don't know each other

Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:09 pm
ST. LOUIS -- The Rangers have never played a game in Busch Stadium.


Many of the Cardinals have never seen Rangers Ballpark.


This is a World Series like few others since baseball went to interleague play in 1997. These teams really don't know each other, and they don't know each other's ballparks.

The Cardinals and Rangers have met just once in the regular season, in a three-game series in Texas in 2004. The winning pitchers in that series: Jeff Suppan, Ryan Drese and Woody Williams.

"It's weird that we've never played them," said Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman, who said he had never even been to St. Louis before the Rangers arrived in town Tuesday.

Some Cardinals players were quizzing Lance Berkman about what it's like to play at Rangers Ballpark. Berkman played there regularly when he was with the Astros, and also last year with the Yankees.

Think of Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, Berkman told them.

"It's a good hitters' park," Berkman said. "That's well-documented."

Rangers pitchers were asking teammate Mike Adams how Busch Stadium plays.

"I personally think it plays pretty fair," said Adams, who spent much of his career in the National League.

And what about the idea that Rangers Ballpark is like Cincinnati?

"Very much so," Adams said. "Cincinnati is pretty much one of the biggest jokes in baseball. And Texas can play like that, too."

Even some Rangers who have plenty of experience in the National League haven't ever played in the current Busch Stadium. Adrian Beltre came up with the Dodgers, but his last game in St. Louis was in 2004, two years before the current park opened.


Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:25 pm

Cardinals and Rangers don't know each other

I hear you jube -- I guess one  thing  that plays is that years later, in the reg season of interleague, we two teams line up a gain then we have "world series rematches" that bring extra attention to that particular series that is taking place during the interleague part of the schedule.  Kind of a neat unofficial tribute. 

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:35 pm

Cardinals and Rangers don't know each other

that's great. interleague play has taken the magic out of the world series but i'm glad it features two teams not familiar with each other. it will be interesting to see how the teams play each other as the series go on.

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