Middlebrooks, Wacha in childhood rematch
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Two of the players in the World Series area a long way from home, but that doesn’t mean they’re in unfamiliar territory.
Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks and Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha have faced off before, back when they were growing up together in Texarkana, Texas.
"Will was always a couple years older than me. He was always the best player out there. He was an unbelievable player, one of the guys that everyone always looked up to. He's walking by, it's like ‘hey that's Will Middlebrooks,’" Wacha said.
The two have stayed in touch this year, but meeting in the World Series seemed unlikely.
"I’ve been in touch with him a lot this year. I mean, over the last, obviously during the playoffs. We've been both been saying 'hey, it would be really cool if this happened', and obviously, it did, so we're both really excited," Middlebrooks said.
Wacha is 3-0 this postseason, with an earned run average of 0.43, he said he’s hoping he gets to face Middlebrooks and remembers one time that it happened before.
"I think he tried bunting off me. I don't know why, I guess he thought he was fast or something, probably knew he couldn't get a hit off me," Wacha said.
People who live in the Texarkana area will be reminded where the competing players started off. There’s a billboard over the highway wishing both players good luck.