ST. LOUIS — Weather nice enough for shirt sleeves and shorts earlier in the day was a bit of a tease before Game 3, although a cold wave wasn’t expected to really hit until well after the final out.
It was 63 degrees when the Red Sox took batting practice and 58 at game time, with temperatures expected to plummet perhaps into the 30s.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wasn’t worried.
“It’s a beautiful night and I imagine it will have absolutely zero impact,” Mozeliak said.
Of course, it was a lot more comfortable in the GM’s box. But players weren’t concerned, either, and most on both sides were still in short sleeves in the third inning.
“Obviously, it’s going to get a little cold,” Cardinals third baseman David Freese said. “But your adrenaline is pumping so you’re not going to feel it the same way. You’re so excited.”
Carlos Beltran was happy to be home regardless of the conditions.
“Well, right now it’s the least concern that we have,” Beltran said.
The Cardinals appeared unaffected by a big temperature swing in the NLCS, also at home. It was 75 degrees when rookie Michael Wacha outdueled Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 2, and 52 degrees for the first pitch of the Wacha-Kershaw rematch in St. Louis’ clinching Game 6 blowout.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn’t hesitate to praise the opposition.
The day before Game 3, Ortiz said the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran was “one of the greatest outfielders I’ve ever seen.” He said it was “ridiculous” how good St. Louis’ young pitchers have been.
“Look at Wacha, that kid’s a stud,” Ortiz said. “The young age, this stage, you don’t see no 22-year-old performing like that.”
Beltran’s sacrifice bunt in the first inning was his first in 48 career postseason games.
He has just two the last five regular seasons, one this year and one in 2012.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina routinely wears out a couple gloves this season. There’s been no additional wear and tear this year despite all of those strong, young arms.
Team equipment manager Rip Rowan said Molina is on glove No. 2.