Interesting Facts About the Red Sox / Dodgers World Series
The World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the L.A. Dodgers kicks off tonight.
Here are some interesting facts to suck down, while you are drinking on your favorite libation.10.
The opening Vegas odds have Boston as slight favorites.
How much would you pay to watch the game?
Fenway patch is reporting the the cheapest tickets for Game 1 of the World Series between Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Fenway Park were $429 on StubHub, $534.46 with fees included. So for more than $1,000, you and a friend can sit in the 15th row of the bleachers. One person is selling a front-row seat in the dugout box for a modest $31,002.50, after fees.
The "get-in" price for Wednesday's Game 2 is $465 - and those tickets don't even come with a seat. The standing room only tickets are $579.10 after fees.
Boston and L.A. aren't exactly cities that are starving for championships, but this is the first time that the Red Sox and Dodgers have faced off in the World Series since 1916, over 100 years ago.
Back then, the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Robins, and the Red Sox beat them in five games.
The Dodgers have won the National League pennant 23 times.
The Red Sox have been kings of the American League 14 times.
The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988.
The Red Sox were champs in 2013, and also in 2007 and 2004. But before that, they had an 86-year drought.
Since the Red Sox and Dodgers are in different leagues, they didn't play each other between that 1916 World Series and 2002. Interleague play was introduced in 1997, but 2002 was when they first got each other on the schedule.
The Dodgers swept the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium that year, and they've only played each other 12 times since then. In fact this might sound crazy but the Dodgers have only won once at Fenway Park since it opened in 1912.
To get here, Boston won a franchise-record 108 games to claim their third straight AL East title. Then they beat two 100-win teams, the wild-card New York Yankees in the Division Series (3-1), and the defending world champion Houston Astros in the ALCS (4-1).
To take their division for the sixth consecutive year, the Dodgers had to win a one game play-off against the Colorado Rockies. Then, they knocked off the Braves in the NLDS (3-1), and the Brewers in the NLCS (4-3).
Los Angeles is making its second straight trip to the World Series. Last year, they lost to the Astros in seven games.
This is the first World Series where both teams' managers Alex Cora (Boston) and Dave Roberts (L.A.) played for both teams. And Roberts played for both in one SEASON. Midway through 2004, the Dodgers traded him to the Red Sox. He played for Boston that postseason, but wasn't on their World Series roster.
Cora was on the Red Sox when they won in 2007, and was a coach for the Astros when they won last year.