Each time St. Louis advanced, David Freese was able to take a deep breath.
He’s only two years removed from hitting .348 with a homer, three doubles, a triple, and seven RBIs in the Cardinals’ World Series win over the Rangers.
Now that he’s back, he has a different perspective.
“I definitely sat back, win or loss, and understood how special these moments are,” Freese said Tuesday at Fenway Park. “2011 was truly, obviously a special deal, but I think a lot of us had no idea what was going on.”
In a way, Freese said he could relate to one of the cornerstones of the Red Sox team standing in the Cardinals’ way of a third championship in eight years.
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