Congrats to Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers. By beating the host Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1, on Saturday, they return to the Fall Classic where they will take on Ian Kinsler and the Boston Red Sox beginning tomorrow night at famed Fenway Park.
Pederson started in left field came out for a pinch hitter in the third inning after grounding out in his only at-bat leading off the game. Overall, he had three singles in 13 official plate appearances.
Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 in the deciding game. He had seven hits, including two doubles, in 29 at-bats and drove in four runs. The New York Times ran a nice feature on him on Saturday.
By the way, in case no one else mentions it among the hundreds of pre-Series background stories and fillers, Fenway — which opened in 1912 — and Dodger Stadium — 1962 — are two of the oldest ballparks in the Majors; only Wrigley Field (1916) is older than the Dodgers’ home field.
Another “fun fact” — the last time these two teams faced off in the World Series was back in 1916 when the Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins (named after their beloved manager Wilbert Robinson). The Sox took the championship that fall, four games to one.