ST. LOUIS — Quintin Berry was watching when Dave Roberts ran right into Red Sox lore in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. He had no idea that Roberts was also blazing Berry’s path to the 2013 World Series.
“I was just like, ‘Oh, man, he stole it.’ It was close. It was close. I remember watching it,” recalled Berry, the Red Sox’ current designated stealer.
It is known simply as “The Steal” among Sox faithful. Roberts’s steps were the first on the path to breaking an 86-year championship drought in historic fashion.
The 28-year-old Berry is waiting in the wings if the Red Sox need such base-running heroics in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.