Magic number: 1

In the spirit of nostalgia, we’re recapping last year’s historic World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. Today, Game 3 …

In his last appearance in a Red Sox uniform, Pedro Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Red Sox take a 3-0 lead in the World Series. Eventual MVP Manny Ramirez homered and drove in two.

Some memorable quotes from after Game 3:

  • Pedro Martinez: “It’s been a great ride. I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did. … I hope I get another chance to come back with this team, but I understand the business part of it. I hope everybody understands that I’m not the one who wanted to leave. If they don’t get me, it’s probably because they didn’t try hard enough. My heart is with Boston.”
  • Manny Ramirez: “This is big, but we learned our lesson against the Yankees. The Cardinals have such a great team. You’ve got to keep grinding out until you win the last game.”
  • Orlando Cabrera: “We’re playing hard, but we still have another game. It ain’t over till we win [tonight].”
  • Dan Shaughnessy: It looks as if the planets really are aligned for the Red Sox this time. A lunar eclipse is due to start less than an hour before the Sox and St. Louis Cardinals play the fourth game of the World Series tonight. If skies are clear, the moon over Busch Stadium will be blood red in the late innings. There has never been a full lunar eclipse in the middle of a World Series game. Red October, indeed.
  • Eric Wilbur: One win does the trick. Today, tomorrow, Saturday, or Sunday. One win. The Red Sox are up 3-0 in the World Series over the Cardinals. No matter how many times you say it, it doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem possible.
    Oct. 26, 2004
    Game 3: Red Sox 4, Cardinals 1
    Box score Game Log game recap: Magic number: 1
    dan shaughnessy: One win to go for the crown
    Bob Ryan: One team is blessed while the other commits Cardinal sins
    Jackie MacMullan:It’s a championship heavy wait
    classic chatter: He spins training wheels
    on baseball:
    He gave command performance

    red sox notebook: He picked it right up
    cardinals notebook: Deck seems stacked against these Cards
    boston sports blog:
    Champagne’s on ice

    view from St. Louis: Forget mystique and just play ball
    You don’t mess with Nixon’s helmet Clutch performance by Nixon
    No raindrops on Arroyo Lowe’s bonus is starting
    Marquis gets top billing today Cardinals in a tough spot
    It’s a happy homecoming
    Playoff joyride has built-in meaning for Duquette
    With loss, these Birds on a wire
    Ramirez comfortable in his surroundings
    Major strides made in Dominican
    ‘The Boss’ sizing up Martinez for pinstripes
    Photo Gallery The scene Photo Gallery Game photos
    Photo Gallery Game 3 multimedia gallery Photo Gallery Game 3 fan interviews
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