I go back to 1946 WS, where Cardinals came back from 3-2 and won it 7 games. In 1967, the great Bob Gibson beat the Red Sox in Fenway Park in Game 7. Of course, in 2004, Red Sox swept the series in 4 games.
Cardinals hold the 2-1 advantage in WS matchups.
Cardinals have 11 World Titles
Red Sox have 7 World Titles
Cardinals last won the World Title in 2011
Red Sox last won the World Title in 2007
2013 Cardinals budget $116,702,085 (11th out of 30 MLB teams)
2013 Red Sox budget $158,967,286 (4th out of 30 MLB teams)
Great contrast of two different regions and cultures. The great city of St. Louis in the heart of the midwest with old American values, and the old city of Boston in the urban northeast with new untried American values.
The Cardinals with the long-standing great farm system and value driven approach to winning more with less, and the Red Sox with the recently improved farm system and the high budget approach win with more.
The Cardinals with a loyal fanbase that are the most well versed baseball fans who love baseball for the game itself, and the Red Sox pink hat and Yuppie fanbase with a lot of transplanted bandwagon fans that come and go.
While the Cardinals are the proven superior organization, both all-time and recently, this series should resemble something closer to the 1946 and 1967 series, than it does to the 2004 Red Sox sweep.
I saw the thread about the Red Sox fans expecting a sweep. I don't see it that way.