To say the least, Boston’s last trip to St. Louis was a memorable one.
The Red Sox return to Busch Stadium for the first time since winning last year’s World Series there as they open a three-game interleague series with the Cardinals.
The Red Sox swept the Cardinals in four games last season, earning their first World Series title since 1918. Edgar Renteria, who signed a four-year, $40 million contract with Boston in December, grounded out to Red Sox closer Keith Foulke for the final out of the series.
“It’s gonna be nice. We got to conquer the World Series title there,” center fielder Johnny Damon said of his team’s return to Busch.
Damon is nursing a strained right rotator cuff, and could miss the series. However, Renteria is looking forward to his return, even though he’s not sure what kind of reception he’ll get from Cardinals fans.
“That’s what I’m looking forward to, just seeing old friends and the fans,” Renteria said. “The fans were great to me. Everybody was great to me.
Despite the fond memories that the Red Sox have of St. Louis, they know that they can’t live in the past.
“I’ve got a teammate of mine who tells me to close the yearbook,” said Foulke. ”’04 is ’04. This is ’05. We’re going out there to win it again this year. I don’t think about (last year) personally.”
The Red Sox beat the Angels 6-3 on Sunday and took two of three from Los Angeles in a rematch of last season’s divisional playoff series. Boston’s relievers pitched 2 2-3 shutout innings a day after allowing 11 runs in the final three innings. Foulke earned his first 1-2-3 save since May 14.
David Ortiz drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who have won six of their last nine.