Boston’s Jon Lester will get the start in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, following the footsteps of another Red Sox great who saw time in Augusta.
Lester’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals will mark the second time in Augusta GreenJackets history that a former pitcher made a Game 1 start in the Fall Classic.
The first was Tim Wakefield, who started Game 1 of the 2004 World Series against St. Louis.
Lester threw 106 innings for the GreenJackets in 2003, recording a 3.65 ERA. He also started Game 4 of the 2007 World Series for Boston, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the clinching game.
Wakefield played 11 games for the Augusta Pirates in 1989 as a first and third baseman before switching to pitching full-time the following year. He was named the first member of the inaugural class of the GreenJackets Hall of Fame this year.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the only other former GreenJacket playing in this year’s World Series. Pedroia is making his second World Series appearance.
The infielder had 20 hits and six walks in 57 plate appearances for the GreenJackets in 2004.
Assuming rosters remain the same, 15 former South Atlantic League players will be on the rosters in this season’s World Series, including 11 Red Sox. Aside from Lester and Pedroia, other notables from that list include Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Clay Buchholz and Xander Bogaerts.