For the first time Hawaii has players on opposing teams in the World Series.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Tuesday that rookie reserve second baseman Kolten Wong will be on the roster for the series that starts Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.
According to a report on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch web site, Wong will be one of 13 position players available for the series. Wong, a former Kamehameha-Hawaii and University of Hawaii star, was hitless in five at bats in the playoffs, all coming off the bench.
Red Sox starting right fielder Shane Victorino is the other Hawaii connection. Victorino, from Wailuku and St. Anthony School, helped the Philadelphia Phillies to the 2008 World Series championship.
Victorino’s grand slam on Saturday propelled the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over Detroit in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and into the World Series.