(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals finished their final preparations on Monday for their World Series matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Even though its billed as a rematch of the 2004 Series, only a few Cardinals were on hand to experience getting swept in four straight games.
Manager Mike Matheny, Yadier Molina, Chris Carpenter, Jose Oquendo, and John Maybry are the only Redbirds that were apart of that sweep.
"It sure left a sharp bite and it's something you just don't forget," Matheny said. "It went from being the greatest baseball experience I've ever had in my life... winning 105 games, and being a team that was one of the best I had ever been around to having our lunch handed to us in the World Series and really not playing to the caliber that we were capable of. That was one of the toughest experiences of my baseball career. "You don't forget that. You don't forget what that feels like. You realize how special the opportunity is and not to leave anything on the table."
Carpenter was injured and could not pitch in that Series. Carpenter was suffering from a nerve issue that he would later experience during his career.
"That's what happens; that's what baseball is about," said Carpenter. "You go out and you do the best you can. We made it as far as we could, but the other team won. We've moved on and had some great success since then."
Molina was a 22 year old rookie catcher on that squad, who backed up the veteran Matheny.
Molina was a light hitting, strong armed catcher who had only 3 at bats in the series. Nine years later, Molina has become one of the best catchers in the game hitters.
"Back then, I just was a kid trying to learn, said Molina. " Right now, I've got more experience. I see the game. But it's still fun. I'm going to have fun in this series, and hopefully we'll win it."