BOSTON -- It was the first World Series game for John Farrell as a Major League Baseball manager, and while ultimately it went easily for him, there was one giant bump in the road.
That bump came in the first inning on a missed call by second base umpire Dana DeMuth that was eventually overturned. Instead of having runners on the corners and two outs, the bases were loaded and Mike Napoli cleared them with a three-run double.
Those runs proved to be enough for the Boston Red Sox to score an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.
"There's been some conferences and I can't say it's too often, particularly in this setting. I haven't been in this setting before," Farrell said after the game. "Typically, they're probably going to stand pat with the decision that's been made in the moment."
Right from the start, Farrell said he knew what the call should be.
Designated hitter David Ortiz grounded to second base with one out. Second baseman Matt Carpenter fielded the ball cleanly but shortstop Pete Kozma completely missed the ball. DeMuth called Dustin Pedroia out on the force play. But a conference, led by crew chief John Hirschbeck, overturned the call and loaded the bases. Then Napoli came through with his double, and the Red Sox were on their way.
"There was really no entry into the glove with the ball, and to their credit, they did confer," said Farrell. "I think the one thing is we just strive to get the call correct. And I think, based on their group conversation, surprisingly to a certain extent, they overturned it and I think they got the call right.
It was also the first World Series game for St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. Unlike Farrell's team, that pushed every correct button, Matheny's group seemed to make every wrong move.
Three errors and a tough first three innings for Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will snowball on a team. But for a manager in his first World Series game, to be hit with a call that he can't recall being a part of, will undoubtedly be a memory -- no matter how this series ends.
"Basically, the explanation is that's not a play I've ever seen before and I'm sure there were six umpires on the field that had never seen that play before either," said Matheny. "It's a pretty tough time to debut that overruled call in the World Series. Now I get that trying to get the right call, I get that. Tough one to swallow."
While both managers are new to this stage, neither Farrell nor Matheny seem to be overwhelmed by the stage. For his part Matheny said his history as a Cardinals player works well with his carrying on what has been described as the "Cardinal Way."
"It was something when I came here as a player that was very clear, and it was obvious and something that I feel is a responsibility to continue," said the manager. "We have a group of guys that buy into it."
The first-year Red Sox manager also got his players to buy into what he was putting forward. That might be why both teams are here.
"For the position players, I know for me, I enjoy hearing a guy who is well spoken and [Farrell] did a great job of communicating the goals of the team," Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava said. "It was clear cut, but at the same time, he was a guy who was relatable and not ridiculous we're going to go out play the game hard and play the game right."