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Kolten Wong will be on Cardinals' World Series roster

By Dave Reardon

LAST UPDATED: 01:44 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2013

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.

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allie wrote:
congrats. Wong is a decent guy. More of a glove than a bat though
on October 22,2013 | 12:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
pallid, spotted or big brown?
on October 22,2013 | 01:06PM
gobows wrote:
No Ka Oi!
on October 22,2013 | 12:56PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Both Shane Victorino and Kolten Wong were baseball and football standouts in high school. This refutes the misplaced stance by the nutty and crazed youth baseball parents and coaches who insist that their sons stick exclusively with baseball year round. Participating in multiple sports ultimately improves performance in one's "top" sport.
on October 22,2013 | 01:09PM
PokeStop wrote:
True! Let your kids play multiple sports while they're growing up. Even at the high school level let them play baseball and other sports. Never understood why high school baseball coaches held it against a player if he played football or basketball. MPI coach is famous for discriminating against multiple sport athletes.
on October 22,2013 | 02:13PM
gyang wrote:
Why you still there then?
on October 22,2013 | 03:27PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Correct. And on the money with the MPI coach observation. He also discriminates on other fronts.
on October 22,2013 | 04:08PM
gobows wrote:
please elaborate
on October 22,2013 | 04:43PM
Smiling wrote:
Victorino was also a standout in track while st St Anthony's....made it to States !
on October 22,2013 | 02:39PM
Galatians52223 wrote:
on October 22,2013 | 06:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Yep ... agreed. Cross-training in different sports develops more hand-eye coordination and muscle groups that are "secondary" in some sports and "primary" in others, but enalbe a better product when all added up.
on October 23,2013 | 04:55AM
Peacenik wrote:
baddle of da braddahs.
on October 22,2013 | 01:13PM
allie wrote:
good guys both. More North Dakota type guys though.
on October 22,2013 | 01:59PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Great news! Shucks I thought he was on the roster all along.
on October 22,2013 | 02:13PM
islandsun wrote:
Wong is lucky. He hasn't fared well since being called up.
on October 22,2013 | 02:48PM
niimi wrote:
I see nothing wrong with being lucky.. Rich Gannon was barely an average QB until he was in his 30s, went to Oakland, hooked up with a great coach and had 4 great years including one as NFL League MVP. Nothing wrong with being average while being in the right place at the right time.
on October 22,2013 | 10:40PM
allie wrote:
sorry..Wong's bat is not at all average hon..he is merely a defensive replacement
on October 23,2013 | 07:41AM
fairgame947 wrote:
WOW! Terrific! How exciting for Kolten but he'll take it in stride. Both great guys!!
on October 22,2013 | 03:55PM
LKK56 wrote:
What are the chances, two neighbor island boys. Of course, Oahu has had it's share.
on October 22,2013 | 08:57PM