BOSTON -- When Tom Holliday tunes in to watch the World Series, he'll see his protege in one dugout and his son in the other.
Holliday was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State when Red Sox manager John Farrell played there in the early 1980s. Farrell later coached at Oklahoma State when Holliday was the program's head coach in the late 1990s.
Holliday's son, of course, is Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday. Matt Holliday is a 10-year major league veteran who faced the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series as a member of the Rockies.
So will the senior Holliday be torn over the next week?
"I would hope he's not conflicted," Matt Holliday said Tuesday. "I am his son. ... But I'm sure he's excited for John and proud of him."
When Farrell was a college student in Oklahoma, he baby-sat for Holliday. After Farrell's playing career ended, he returned to Oklahoma State to complete his work toward a degree and worked with Tom Holliday.
Farrell's family remains close to the Holliday family.
"I've known John pretty much my whole life," Matt Holliday said. "I know his (sons) really well and his wife, so I've known them for a long time. They're great people."
Matt Holliday said Farrell was well prepared to become a major league manager. He worked under Tom Holliday as a college pitching coach before working in the Cleveland front office and later joining the Red Sox as pitching coach.
"Knowing his demeanor and how sharp he was and just how knowledgeable he was in baseball, and he worked a bunch of different jobs in baseball ... he's got a great background," Holliday said. "He's a people person, too, which I think is really important. I'm not surprised he's done a great job."
From Avon Old Farms To Series
Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves is making his first trip to the World Series after spending 30 years in the game. Nieves signed with the Milwaukee Brewers out of Avon Old Farms in 1983 and pitched in the majors from 1986 to 1988, his career cut short by injuries.
Nieves is in his first year as Red Sox pitching coach after five years as White Sox bullpen coach. He also coached in the White Sox and Yankees minor league organizations.
"All the road trips, all the bus rides ... it all paid off," Nieves said. "I love this game. If you stay faithful to this game, it will pay off."
Nieves has been credited with helping the Red Sox staff succeed this season, particularly the bullpen. He has been instrumental in turning Koji Uehara into a dominating closer.
"He pounds the strike zone," Nieves said. "The most restful inning you have, just sit back and enjoy."
Wainwright's Bad Dream
Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is making his first World Series appearance after 16 seasons. St. Louis Game 1 starter Adam Wainwright said he recently had a dream that Beltran won a World Series title as a member of the Yankees.
In the dream, Beltran was speaking on the podium after the game and saying he was "so happy to be a Yankee."
"It was a nightmare," Wainwright said.
Beltran, 36, is a free agent after the season, so he could wind up in pinstripes. Beltran's postseason numbers are superb -- 45 games, 16 home runs, 37 RBI, .337 average, .449 on-base percentage.
How has Beltran been capable of thriving in the most important games?
"Being able to relax," Beltran said. "And understand the situation and not trying to do anything they're not capable of. I think as a player when you're playing in postseason games, you have to control your emotions, you have to understand you're not there to carry your team, you're just there to do your job."
Inside The Clubhouse
Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks and Cardinals starter Michael Wacha are from the same town, Texarkana, Texas. Middlebrooks is two years older than Wacha and they played at rival high schools, but they are friends. "We all grew up around each other," Middlebrooks said. "We got more acquainted in high school, playing against each other." ... Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig, who has been out since Sept. 4 because of a foot injury, will be added to the roster and is expected to DH in games 1 and 2. ... Farrell said he expects to have the same 25-man roster as he carried in the first two rounds of the playoffs. ... Mike Matheny was a player on the Cardinals when the team lost to the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series. The Cardinals were unable to secure a hotel in Boston and wound up staying in Quincy, which irked then-manager Tony La Russa. This year, the team is in Boston. Asked about the 2004 experience, Matheny said, "I think we were staying in Connecticut." ...Farrell and Matheny are both managing their first World Series. That last happened in 2008, when Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and Joe Maddon of the Rays were managing their first World Series. ... This is the third time in history that the World Series teams had identical records. Both were 97-65 this season. It also happened in 1958 (Yankees and Braves, 92-62) and 1949 (Yankees and Dodgers, 97-57). ... Mary J. Blige will sing the national anthem before Game 1.
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