2013 MLB World Series: Time For First-Time Players To Make History

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Welcome to the World Series

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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?

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35. Adron Chambers

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He will do whatever it take to win.

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34. Carlos Martinez

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He wants the ring and the parade. He can deliver if called upon.

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33. Kevin Siegrist

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These guys kept getting better and better as the season went along.

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32. Kolten Wong

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He's here to be a defensive force for the Cardinals.

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31. Seth Maness

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Give him the ball and get out the way -- championship or bust.

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30. Tony Cruz

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To reach his dreams, he has to be special.

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29. Shane Robinson

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Can this Robinson be the new Mr. October?

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28. Pete Kozma

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If you can't pronounce it, then just shut up and watch him play.

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27. Matt Adams

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Every position player dreams of going yard in the World Series.

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26. Shelby Miller

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His dreams are coming true.

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25. Trevor Rosenthal

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You think he is not ready for the parade?

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24. David Ross

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He will bunt his way to the ring if need be.

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23. Felix Doubront

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He wants the ball in his hands at all times.

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22. Joe Kelly

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Another example of their pitching depth.

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21. Jonny Gomes

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He just knows that he is here now.

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20. Xander Bogaerts

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When it gets tough, you let the wild ones like him run loose.

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19. Brandon Workman

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He lives up to his name -- can he shine on the big stage?

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18. Junichi Tazawa

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He's got it and will flaunt it proudly.

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17. Daniel Nava

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Some players take pride in defense. He is one of them.

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16. Mike Carp

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He seeks the moment, then he lives in the moment.

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15. Edward Mujica

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This team is loaded with quality arms.

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14. Craig Breslow

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No matter the situation, he just wants to be on the mound.

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13. Will Middlebrooks

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It's time for him to enjoy what he has worked for his whole career.

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12. Koji Uehara

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A hero will always emerge, no matter the stage.

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11. Manager, Mike Matheny

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How did he take these overachievers this far?

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10. John Axford

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He wants the ball at the end of the game.

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9. Michael Wacha

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He's on his way to becoming this year's Cole Hamels.

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8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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He has a great game to back up that long name.

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7. Manager, John Farrell

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If he wins this in his first year, is this his job for life?

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6. Matt Carpenter

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An old-school player, he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

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5. Stephen Drew

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No matter the numbers this year, he is still one of the best.

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4. Jake Peavy

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Jake finally gets his chance to shine on the big stage.

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3. Ryan Dempster

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The bigger the stage, the bigger the success rate for this former Cub.

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2. Clay Buchholz

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He's a great command pitcher, and he wants this ring.

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1. Carlos Beltran

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He's been waiting for this his whole career -- watch him go to work.





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