Kicking off Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals meet in the 2013 World Series. It’s a series full of story lines: both teams had the best regular season records in their respective leagues, the Red Sox went from worst-to-first after residing in the basement of the AL East last season, the Cardinals are headed to their fourth World Series in the last 10 years, and the Series is a rematch of the 2004 Fall Classic when the Red Sox exorcised their World Series demons, ending the Curse of the Bambino with their first championship since 1918.

SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio was there for the NLCS and ALCS champagne celebrations this weekend.

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After clinching the American League pennant Saturday night, first-year Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette, and pointed to veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia as the key to Boston’s success this season.

He sets the tone for how we go. The way he plays the game, the grit and determination in which he takes the field every night, he sets the tone for us. That was evident the first day of spring training. When your best players set the tone it certainly makes my job a hell of a lot easier.

Boston’s team is anchored by veterans like Pedroia and starting pitcher Jake Peavy, who was acquired in a three-team trade at the deadline in July. Peavy, who is in the postseason for the first time in his 12-year carer, also joined MLB Network Radio and talked about the excitement of clinching the American League pennant:

You dream of playing in a World Series when you’re a kid playing in the backyard, as you get in the league, you dream of making the playoffs and being able to advance. To have this opportunity 12 years into my career, with this group of guys, with this fan base, I couldn’t ask for anything more. You see the power of what can happen when a group of guys truly comes together as a family and plays every day and shows up every day with one common goal and that’s to do everything we can do to get to where we’re going.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also joined Duquette and Ferrin, and talked about rebuilding the club in the off-season:

We were just trying to put the best team together that we could and try to build something that was more emblematic of what the Red Sox are all about.

On the National League side, the Cardinals have their own veteran making his first World Series appearance in Carlos Beltran. Despite 16 career postseason home runs and a career .337 batting average in the playoffs, Beltran’s previous playoff trips (2004 Astros and 2006 Mets) ended in game 7 of the NLCS.

Beltrain told MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern and Jim Bowden that the trip to the Series isn’t not just about his own personal goals.

For me, it’s a dream come true. But as a ballplayer, to fight a lot to get to this point and being able to come through and being able to do it means a lot. We fought together through the regular season, through the postseason, and now, I’m very fortunate to go to the next level.

Cardinals rookie pitcher Michael Wacha earned NLCS MVP honors, quite the accomplishment for a 22-year-old who didn’t lock up a postseason rotation spot until he nearly threw a no-hitter in Game 158 (of 162) in the regular season. After his Game 6 start and win, Wacha joined Stern and Bowden in the clubhouse and deferred attention to his teammates.

I feel like there’s a lot of guys deserving of this award, but these guys definitely helped me get it. They were making plays in the outfield for me, they scored nine runs for me, and it just makes my job a lot easier.

MLB Network Radio will have on-site pregame and postgame coverage through the last out of the World Series, which starts Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston at 7:30pm ET. Be part of the World Series discussion by following @MLBNetworkRadio on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.

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