2013 MLB World Series: Time For First-Time Players To Make History
Welcome to the World Series
To play in the World Series has to be a dream for many players. The hard work, sweat and tears put into the season has paid off. There is nothing like representing your team, your city and your country on baseball’s biggest stage. The postseason is not guaranteed -- you have to work hard at your craft and rise above the rest.
Players go through their whole career never tasting the postseason. The ones that do want to get back every year for that feeling of triumph. The bright lights with the whole world is watching -- if this is the type of scene you love, then you are in the right place. There are heroes and villains, great plays and bloopers, bad calls and missed opportunities. The stakes are higher.
No one can say that any game in the World Series is just another game. Regular games do not draw this kind of attention. Everything is different: your approach, the fans, the TV coverage and the rewards. Athletes play this game to be the best in the world. Win or lose, their names are going down in the history books. The regular season stats go out the window: what they accomplished in the Division Series and League Championship Series are gone as well. Only the present matters. They can look to their teammates that have been here before for guidance, but it comes down to their own will to win to achieve greatness. This is October baseball. The whole world is watching. How will they respond?
35. Adron Chambers
He will do whatever it take to win.
34. Carlos Martinez
He wants the ring and the parade. He can deliver if called upon.
33. Kevin Siegrist
These guys kept getting better and better as the season went along.
32. Kolten Wong
He's here to be a defensive force for the Cardinals.
31. Seth Maness
Give him the ball and get out the way -- championship or bust.
30. Tony Cruz
To reach his dreams, he has to be special.
29. Shane Robinson
Can this Robinson be the new Mr. October?
28. Pete Kozma
If you can't pronounce it, then just shut up and watch him play.
27. Matt Adams
Every position player dreams of going yard in the World Series.
26. Shelby Miller
His dreams are coming true.
25. Trevor Rosenthal
You think he is not ready for the parade?
24. David Ross
He will bunt his way to the ring if need be.
23. Felix Doubront
He wants the ball in his hands at all times.
22. Joe Kelly
Another example of their pitching depth.
21. Jonny Gomes
He just knows that he is here now.
20. Xander Bogaerts
When it gets tough, you let the wild ones like him run loose.
19. Brandon Workman
He lives up to his name -- can he shine on the big stage?
18. Junichi Tazawa
He's got it and will flaunt it proudly.
17. Daniel Nava
Some players take pride in defense. He is one of them.
16. Mike Carp
He seeks the moment, then he lives in the moment.
15. Edward Mujica
This team is loaded with quality arms.
14. Craig Breslow
No matter the situation, he just wants to be on the mound.
13. Will Middlebrooks
It's time for him to enjoy what he has worked for his whole career.
12. Koji Uehara
A hero will always emerge, no matter the stage.
11. Manager, Mike Matheny
How did he take these overachievers this far?
10. John Axford
He wants the ball at the end of the game.
9. Michael Wacha
He's on his way to becoming this year's Cole Hamels.
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
He has a great game to back up that long name.
7. Manager, John Farrell
If he wins this in his first year, is this his job for life?
6. Matt Carpenter
An old-school player, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.
5. Stephen Drew
No matter the numbers this year, he is still one of the best.
4. Jake Peavy
Jake finally gets his chance to shine on the big stage.
3. Ryan Dempster
The bigger the stage, the bigger the success rate for this former Cub.
2. Clay Buchholz
He's a great command pitcher, and he wants this ring.
1. Carlos Beltran
He's been waiting for this his whole career -- watch him go to work.